|Full Name||Alessandro Nannini|
|Born||7 July 1959, Sienna (ITA)|
|First Grand Prix||1986 Brazilian Grand Prix||Last Grand Prix||1990 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Best Finish||1st, 1989 Japanese Grand Prix||Points||65|
|Fastest Laps||2||Best Qualifying||3rd, 1989 United States GP|
|1986||Formula 1, Minardi Motori Moderni M185B, 14 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|1987||Formula 1, Minardi Motori Moderni M187, 16 races, 0 points, Not Classified|
|1988||Formula 1, Benetton Ford B188, 16 races, 2 podiums, 12 points, 10th overall|
|1989||Formula 1, Benetton Ford B189, 16 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 32 points, 6th overall|
|1990||Formula 1, Benetton Ford B189B/B190, 14 races, 3 podiums, 21 points, 8th overall|
‘Sandro’, as he was affectionately known, was born in the Italian town of Siena and into a very talented family: his father was a widely respected and talented baker, and his sister would go on to become one of the country’s highest-profile rock singers. For Sandro, it was all about motorsport.
His first forays into motorsport came in the 1970s in rallying, before he switched to open-wheeled competition and drove for Minardi in the 1982 Formula 2 championship.
By 1986, he had made his F1 debut with Minardi, and despite being a clear number-two to his mercurial team-mate Andrea de Cesaris, it was Sandro who had the more senior compatriot’s measure.
A further year with the Faenza team followed before he was appointed at Benetton in 1988, as team-mate to Thierry Boutsen.
It was here that the chain-smoking racer started to blossom, picking up regular points finishes and was a solid contender in 1989, peaking with victory at that year’s infamous victory at the Japanese Grand Prix after Ayrton Senna was disqualified for an illegal push-start by the marshals.
In 1990, his stock continued to rise, and he might have won the Hungarian Grand Prix but for being rammed off-track by Senna.
But tragedy would strike just a few weeks later, when he was involved in a helicopter crash that severed his right hand at the forearm. Incredibly, the limb was reattached with microsurgery, but his F1 days were over.
Having fully recovered, Sandro was a regular competitor with Alfa Romeo between 1992-6 in the Italian Touring car Championship, winning races aplenty and proving that he had lost none of his touch and finesse behind the wheel.
Cruelly, it was a blossoming F1 career cut short.
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