Open main menu

Fabrizio Barbazza (born 2 April 1963) is an Italian former Formula One driver who raced for the AGS and Minardi teams and was the 1987 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.

Fabrizio Barbazza
Born (1963-04-02) 2 April 1963 (age 56)
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years1991, 1993
TeamsAGS, Minardi
Entries20 (8 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points2
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1991 San Marino Grand Prix
Last entry1993 French Grand Prix
Fabrizio Barbazza
CART Championship Car
Years active1987, 1989, 1992
TeamsArciero Racing
Starts25
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish12th in 1987
Previous series
1986
1983-1985
1982
American Racing Series
Italian Formula Three
Formula Monza
Championship titles
1986American Racing Series Champion
Awards
1987
1987
CART Rookie of the year
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Barbazza was born in Monza, Lombardy. After a career in motorcross in his teens, he began racing Formula Monza in 1982. The following year, he moved into Italian Formula Three Championship and, in 1984, finished sixth in the series. In 1985, he won four races and finished third in the championship. He then went to the United States and entered the American Racing Series, where he won four races and the title in his first attempt.

CART, F3000, and Formula OneEdit

After his success in ARS, Barbazza entered CART in 1987 and finished third in the 1987 Indianapolis 500, becoming CART's Rookie of the Year. Despite his success he could not find a ride in CART for 1988 and only made two starts in Formula 3000, along with failing to qualify three times. He returned to CART for 1989 for eight races with a best finish of eighth at Toronto. He also drove in eight Japanese Formula 3000 races.

 
Barbazza at the 1992 Long Beach Grand Prix.

In 1990 he joined International F3000 full-time driving for the Crypton team, finishing 16th in points with a best finish of fourth at his home track in Monza, his only point-scoring finish of the season. For 1991 Barbazza signed on with the struggling AGS Formula One team for the third round of the championship, replacing Stefan Johansson. Barbazza failed to qualify for all twelve races he attempted with the team and the team shut down after both Barbazza and his teammate Olivier Grouillard both failed to pre-qualify for the 1991 Spanish Grand Prix. For the 1992 racing season, Barbazza again returned to the Arciero team in CART. However, after respectable performances in two-year-old equipment for the first three races of the season, he wrecked his 1990-vintage Lola in practice for the 1992 Indianapolis 500 and was not able to qualify. It would be his last appearance in CART. In 1993 Barbazza rejoined Formula One with the Minardi team, scoring points twice in his first four races. However, Barbazza would be replaced by Pierluigi Martini after eight races. In 1995, while racing a Ferrari 333SP sports prototype at the Road Atlanta circuit, he was involved in a major accident with Jeremy Dale, which resulted in heavy head and chest injuries which left him in critical condition, in a coma and on artificial respiration. Although he fully recovered, he did not return to racing. Instead he started a go-kart circuit in Monza and began designing crash barriers.

He has since relocated to Cuba where he has set up a fishing resort in the north of the country called La Villa Clara. He has also raced again, at a local karting track in Cuba, where he has re-discovered his love for the sport.[citation needed]

Career summaryEdit

American open wheel racingEdit

Indy LightsEdit

(key)

Year Team Series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1986 Arciero Racing ARS  
LBH
DNS
 
PHX
3
 
MIL
DNS
 
MEA
1
 
CLE
1
 
TOR
10
 
POC
2
 
MDO
7
 
NAZ
1
 
LS
1
 
MIA
1
1st 145

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1987 Arciero Racing  
LBH
17
 
PHX
12
 
INDY
3
 
MIL
14
 
POR
4
 
MEA
Ret
 
CLE
Ret
 
TOR
11
 
MIS
6
 
POC
14
 
ROA
8
 
MDO
Ret
 
NAZ
13
 
LS
DNS
 
MIA
Ret
12th 42
1989 Arciero Racing  
PHX
 
LBH
 
INDY
 
MIL
 
DET
Ret
 
POR
Ret
 
CLE
Ret
 
MEA
Ret
 
TOR
8
 
MIS
 
POC
 
MDO
Ret
 
ROA
12
 
NAZ
 
LS
Ret
24th 6
1992 Arciero Racing  
SRF
12
 
PHX
Ret
 
LBH
Ret
 
INDY
DNQ
 
DET
 
POR
 
MIL
 
NHM
 
TOR
 
MIS
 
CLE
 
ROA
 
VAN
 
MDO
 
NAZ
 
LS
35th 1

Indy 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1987 March Cosworth 17 3
1992 Lola Buick DNQ

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1988 Pavesi Racing JER VAL
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
SIL
18
NC 0
Genoa Racing MNZ
Ret
PER
DNQ
BRH BIR BUG ZOL DIJ
1990 Crypton Engineering DON SIL
Ret
PAU
Ret
JER
Ret
MNZ
4
PER
Ret
HOC
Ret
BRH
9
BIR
Ret
BUG
Ret
NOG
18
16th 3
1991 Crypton Engineering VAL
18
PAU JER MUG PER HOC BRH SPA BUG NOG NC 0

Complete Japanese Formula 3000 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
1989 Motor Sport Development SUZ
Ret
FUJ
9
MIN
11
SUZ
6
SUG
Ret
FUJ
19
SUZ
7
SUZ
Ret
17th 1

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1991 Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Cosworth V8 USA BRA SMR
DNQ
MON
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
MEX
DNQ
NC 0
AGS JH25B FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
AGS JH27 POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN AUS
1993 Minardi Team Minardi M193 Ford V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
EUR
6
SMR
6
ESP
Ret
MON
11
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 19th 2

External linksEdit