Former Grand Prix racer Alessandro Nannini could be making a return to motorsport

Former Grand Prix winner Alessandro Nannini could come out of retirement to join the Italian International Superstars championship, the country’s premier touring car championship.

Nannini, who raced for Minardi and Benetton between 1986-90, hasn’t raced full-time since he competed in the 1997 FIA GT season.

The chain-smoking Italian was infamously declared the winner of the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix after the championship-deciding collision between McLaren team-mates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Nannini drove for Minardi and Benetton during his curtailed F1 career

Tragically, his F1 career would end just a year later when his right arm was amputated in a helicopter crash. Microsurgery successfully reattached the limb and he returned to racing in touring cars, becoming a regular winner in the Italian domestic championship for Alfa Romeo.

More recently, a rather more portly Nannini has worked on expanding his business empire and tackling a career in Italian politics, along with making occasional outings behind the wheel.

One such outing was a demonstration run in a Scuderia Giudici BMW at the Bologna Motor Show, and it is for this same team with whom he will line up for a test outing at the Adria circuit on February 8, which could open the door to a possible full-time return to motor racing.

The Superstars championship has been something of a haven for former F1 drivers, with the likes of Gianni Morbidelli, Johnny Herbert, Andrea Chiesa and – more recently – Vitantonio Liuzzi all achieving various levels of success in the series, which features a host of manufacturers including BMW, Audi, Chrysler, Porsche and GM.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.