Andrea Montermini is an Italian racing driver who has participated in 29 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on May 29, 1994, for Simtek. Following a serious crash, he returned to F1 with the Pacific Grand Prix team and drove for Forti in 1996 alongside countryman Luca Badoer until the team folded. Andrea Montermini was also to be rumoured a test driver for the MasterCard Lola team, but it folded after one race in 1997, ending his F1 career. Since retiring from Formula 1 racing, Andrea has been an F1 race commentator for Sky F1 and a Motor Racing weekly Talk Show on three different Italian TV channels.
Prior to joining Formula One, Andrea Montermini raced in Formula 3. In 1989 he took second place in the Monaco GP support race and 4th in the Italian F3 Championship. He then moved up to Formula 3000, racing for three seasons before finally taking second place in the 1992 season, winning three rounds while driving for the Il Barone Rampante team. Also prior to his F1 career, he was 3rd driver and Test driver for Ferrari and Benetton F1 teams together with Michael Schumacher.
He competed in the American Champ Car Series for three different seasons: 1993, 1994 and 1999.
In 2001, he raced in the 24 Hours of Daytona but has primarily raced in the FIA GT Championship, mostly in Ferrari cars. He has taken two class wins and four further class podiums. In 2007 he won the International GT Open’s GTA class, driving a Ferrari 430 for Scuderia Playteam alongside co-champion Michele Maceratesi, the duo becoming overall champions the following season. He won a second overall championship title in 2013. Andrea recently won four international GT championships with Ferrari.
Andrea Montermini is currently a driving coach for young drivers and ambassador for the Italian Government’s Safe Driver Orogram .
During his keynotes, Andrea talks about racing life and what he can draw from his experiences of motor racing internationally (Formula 1, Formula Indy, Le Mans, Daytona, GT etc). Andrea Montermini also explains the ins and outs of the infamous Motor Racing World.
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