Baldi Mauro Baldi, 1983 Monaco Grand Prix Baldi

Full Name: Mauro Baldi
Nationality: Italian
Born: 31 January 1954, Reggio Emilia (ITA)

First GP: 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last GP: 1985 San Marino Grand Prix

Entries: 45 Grands Prix: 36 Non-starts: 9
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 5th Best Grid: 7th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 5 Retirements: 20

1981 European F3, Team EuroRacing, 1st overall
1982 Formula 1, Arrows Cosworth V8 A4/A5, 15 entries, 11 races, 4 DNQ, 2 points, 25th overall
1983 Formula 1, Alfa Romeo V8 183T, 15 races, 3 points, 16th overall
1984 Formula 1, Spirit Racing Hart 4cyl 101, 8 entries, 7 races, 1 DNQ, 0 points, Not Classified
1985 Formula 1, Spirit Enterprises Hart 4cyl 101D, 3 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1990 FIA World Sportscar Championship, Sauber Mercedes, 1st overall with Jean-Louis Schlesser
1994 Le Mans 24 Hours, Joest Porsche 935, 1st overall with Yannick Dalmas & Hurley Haywood

Mauro Baldi

Born in the Italian town of Reggio-Emilia, Baldi started out in rallying in the early 1970s before he moved to touring car racing in 1975 by racing a Renault 5. He achieved strong results and moved into Formula 3, and by 1980 was widely acknowledged as a top F3 driver, winning the  Monaco Grand Prix support race and the 1981 European title with a record eight wins.

He made his Grand Prix debut with Arrows in 1982, earning a pair of sixth-placed finishes at Holland and Austria, before joining the Alfa Romeo squad in 1983, earning two more points finishes.

But the arrival of Alfa Romeo’s new title sponsor, the Benetton fashion house, saw Baldi dropped from the team’s line-up – which was a particularly strange decision considering that Benetton was an Italian company.

So he moved instead to the underfunded Spirit outfit for two part-seasons before he left F1 and ventured into sports car racing, achieving considerable success with Lancia, Porsche, Sauber and Peugeot, which included the 1990 World Sportscar Championship crown.

His final F1 fling came as the test driver for the ill-fated Modena Lamborghini project in 1991, before he achieved his greatest success, winning the 1994 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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