Andrea-Chiesa.png Chiesa.gif Full Name Andrea Chiesa
Nationality Swiss
Born 6 May 1964, Milan (ITA)
Died
Website Official Website
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First Grand Prix 1992 South African Grand Prix Last Grand Prix 1992 German Grand Prix
Grands Prix 3 Non-starts 7 (all DNQ)
Wins 0 Podiums 0
Best Finish DNF (x3) Points 0
Fastest Laps 0 Best Qualifying 20/32, 1992 Spanish Grand Prix
Retirements 3 Laps Led 0

Career Highlights

1983 Swiss Karting Championship, 1st overall
1987 Italian F3 Championship, Euroracing Team, 12 races, 3 wins, 5 podiums, 2nd overall
1988 International F3000, CoBRa Motorsports, 11 entries, 2 DNQ, 1 DNS, 1 point, 20th overall
1989 International F3000, Roni Motorsport, 10 races, 1 win, 2 podiums, 15 points, 6th overall
1990 International F3000, Paul Stewart Racing, 11 races, 2 podiums, 18 points, 7th overall
1991 International F3000, Apomatox, 8 entries, 1 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1992 Formula 1, Fondmetal Ford GR01/GR02, 10 entries, 3 races, 7 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1993 IndyCar Series, Euromotorsport Lola Chevrolet, 1 race, 0 points, Not Classified
2003 Italian GT Series, Kessel Racing Ferrari 360 Modena, 1st overall
2004 Italian GT Series, Kessel Racing Ferrari 360 Modena, 1st overall
2005 Italian GT Series, Kessel Racing Ferrari 575, 2nd overall
2006 Italian GT Series, Kessel Racing Ferrari 575, 3rd overall
2009 Superstars Series, Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte, 15 points, 16th overall
2010 Superstars Series, Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte, 0 points, Not Classified
2011 Superstars Series, Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte, 1 podium, 12 points, 15th overall

 

Andrea Chiesa, 1992 San Marino Grand Prix

Biography

A Swiss national born in Italy, Andrea Chiesa spent five years racing karts before jumping into the Italian F3 Championship in 1986. Despite being saddled with a less-than-competitive VW engine, he claimed a few podium finishes and a pole position. His results earned him a move to the Euroracing team for 1987, he started strongly with three wins in the first four races to lead the championship early on, only to have his season dramatically tail off and for Enrico Bertaggia to pip him to the title by five points.

He moved to the International Formula 3000 championship in 1988 and struggled in the Cobra Motorsports Lola in his first season. His sophomore year was better thanks to a switch to Roni Motorsports, where he took the Reynard-Ford to a win at Enna and a second place at Vallelunga to finish sixth overall.

A third season followed – this time with Paul Stewart Racing – and he delivered more of the same, claiming three second-placed finished en route to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings. One more year in the feeder category proved disastrous, however, where he and teammate Paul Belmondo couldn’t even score a point for the Apotomax team, despite having a competitive Reynard chassis. Chiesa was sacked before the end of the season.

Thus is was a complete surprise to see him appear on the 1992 Formula 1 entry list, where he would drive the second car in the Fondmetal team’s expanded line-up. Out of his depth and doubtlessly given less than top-shelf support in comparison to his number-one team-mate Gabriele Tarquini, Chiesa’s record of three starts, three DNFs and seven DNQs pretty much says it all.

He moved to the IndyCar Series in 1993 and reunited with Euroracing, but his sojourn lasted one race (and just two laps), after which his motorsport career was confined to a handful of races over the next eight years as he concentrated on helping run the family business.

By 2001, Chiesa was making occasional outings in sports cars on the GT circuit. He teamed up with fellow ex-F1 obscurity Loris Kessel in his Ferrari 360 Modena at Spa-Francorchamps the following year and they won their class. The partnership continued and proved successful, with Chiesa and his Swiss compatriot winning back-to-back titles in the Italian GT Championship over 2003-2004.

Still enjoying the buzz from racing, Chiesa joined the Italian Superstars championship in 2009 in a Maserati Quattroporte. He remained there for the next two seasons, but was inexplicably dropped from the team’s line-up in mid-2011.

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