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Michele Alboreto

Nationality

Italian

Born

23 December 1956

Died

25 April 2001 (aged 44)

Formula One World Championship career

Active years

1981-1994

Teams

Tyrrell, Ferrari, Larrousse, Arrows, Footwork, Scuderia Italia, Minardi

Races

215 (194 starts)

Championships

0

Wins

5

Podiums

23

Career points

186.5

Pole positions

2

Fastest laps

5

24 Hours of Le Mans career

Participating years

1981-1983, 1996-2000

Teams

Martini Racing, Joest Racing, Porsche, Audi Sport Team Joest

Best finish

1st (1997)

Class wins

1 (1997)

Michele Alboreto (23 December 1956 - 25 April 2001) was an Italian racing driver. He is famous for finish runner up to Alain Prost in the 1985 Formula One World Championship, as well as winning the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2001 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races. Alboreto competed in Formula One from 1981 until 1994, racing for numerous teams, most notably his five seasons (1984-88) driving for Ferrari.

The Italian's motorsport career began in 1976, racing a car he and a number of his friends had built in the Formula Monza series. The car, however, achieved very little success, and two years later Alboreto moved up to Formula Three . Wins in the Italian Formula Three championship and a European Formula Three Championship crown in 1980 paved the way for the Italian's entrance into Formula One with the Tyrrell team.

Two wins, the first in the final round of the 1982 season in Las Vegas, and the second a year later in Detroit, earned him a place with the Ferrari team. Alboreto took three wins for the Italian team and challenged Alain Prost for the 1985 Championship, eventually losing by 20 points. Following a bad year in the 1988 season, the Italian left Ferrari and re-signed with his former employers Tyrrell, where he stayed until joining Larrousse mid-way through 1989.

Further seasons with Footwork, Scuderia Italia and Minardi followed during the tail end of his F1 career. In 1995, Alboreto moved on to sportscars and a year later the American IndyCar series. He took his final major victories, the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours and 2001 Sebring 12 Hours, with German manufacturers Porsche and Audi respectively. In 2001, a month after his Sebring victory, he was killed while testing an Audi R8 at the Lausitzring in Germany.

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