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Mauro Baldi (born January 31, 1954, in Reggio Emilia) is an Italian former Formula One driver who raced for the Arrows, Alfa Romeo and Spirit teams.

Mauro Baldi
Mauro Baldi 1982.jpg
Born (1954-01-31) 31 January 1954 (age 64)
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years19821985
TeamsArrows, Alfa Romeo, Spirit
Entries41 (36 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1982 South African Grand Prix
Last entry1985 San Marino Grand Prix

He started his career in rallying in 1972 and turned to circuit racing in 1975 with the Italian Renault 5 Cup. By 1980 he had become a top Formula 3 driver, winning the Monaco F3 Grand Prix and the 1981 European Formula 3 Championship with eight victories. In 1982 he signed to drive for Arrows before moving to Alfa Romeo in 1983, scoring a fifth place in Zandvoort. When Benetton became Alfa Romeo's team sponsor in 1984, Baldi lost his drive, and joined the underfunded Spirit team until 1985.

After retiring from Formula One he went to enjoy a successful career in sports car racing, driving for the works Martini-Lancia team in 1984 and 1985. In 1986, he switched to a Porsche 956 from Richard Lloyd Racing's outfit, returning to a works drive in 1988 with the Sauber-Mercedes team, with whom Baldi won the 1990 FIA World Sports Prototype Championship for Drivers, sharing the car with Jean-Louis Schlesser. In 1991 and 1992 he was a driver for Peugeot. He had a brief return to F1, doing most of the test driving for the Modena Lambo project.

Returning to sports cars, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1994, sharing the "road-going" Dauer 962 Le Mans (a modified Porsche 962) with Yannick Dalmas and Hurley Haywood. He also won the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, both in 1998 with Arie Luyendyk and Didier Theys.

Contents

Racing recordEdit

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
1982 Arrows Racing Team Arrows A4 Cosworth V8 RSA
DNQ
BRA
10
USW
DNQ
SMR BEL
NC
MON
DNQ
DET
Ret
CAN
8
NED
6
GBR
9
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
6
SUI
DNQ
CPL
11
25th 2
Arrows A5 ITA
12
1983 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 183T Alfa Romeo V8 BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
FRA
Ret
SMR
10
MON
6
BEL
Ret
DET
12
CAN
10
GBR
7
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
5
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
RSA
Ret
16th 3
1984 Spirit Racing Spirit 101 Hart Straight-4 BRA
Ret
RSA
8
BEL
Ret
SMR
8
FRA
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN DET DAL GBR GER AUT NED ITA EUR
8
POR
15
NC 0
1985 Spirit Enterprises Ltd. Spirit 101D Hart Straight-4 BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON CAN DET FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA BEL EUR RSA AUS NC 0

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1984   Martini Racing   Paolo Barilla
  Hans Heyer
Lancia LC2-Ferrari C1 275 DNF DNF
1985   Martini Lancia   Henri Pescarolo Lancia LC2-Ferrari C1 358 7th 7th
1986   Liqui Moly Equipe   Price Cobb
  Rob Dyson
Porsche 956 GTi C1 318 9th 7th
1988   Team Sauber Mercedes   James Weaver
  Jochen Mass
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 - DNS DNS
1989   Team Sauber Mercedes   Kenny Acheson
  Gianfranco Brancatelli
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 384 2nd 2nd
1991   Peugeot Talbot Sport   Philippe Alliot
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Peugeot 905 C1 22 DNF DNF
1992   Peugeot Talbot Sport   Philippe Alliot
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Peugeot 905 Evo 1B C1 345 3rd 3rd
1993   Peugeot Talbot Sport   Philippe Alliot
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Peugeot 905 Evo 1B C1 367 3rd 3rd
1994   Le Mans Porsche Team
  Joest Racing
  Yannick Dalmas
  Hurley Haywood
Dauer 962 Le Mans GT1 344 1st 1st
1997   Konrad Motorsport   Franz Konrad
  Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT1 GT1 138 DNF DNF
1998   Moretti Racing   Gianpiero Moretti
  Didier Theys
Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 311 14th 3rd
1999   JB Racing   Jérôme Policand
  Christian Pescatori
Ferrari 333 SP LMP 71 DNF DNF
2000   Team Den Blå Avis   John Nielsen
  Klaus Graf
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 205 NC NC

SourcesEdit