Marco Apicella (born 7 October 1965 near Bologna, BO, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) is an Italian former racing driver who had an extremely short Formula One career in 1993 at the Italian Grand Prix.

Prior to F1, Apicella was mostly successful in International Formula 3000, driving from 1987 to 1991. During these years he failed to win a single race, despite seven second places. He moved to Japanese Formula 3000 in 1992, finally winning a race.

After a series of test driver roles during his Formula 3000 days, Apicella finally got an opportunity to make his F1 début at his home race, the 1993 Italian GP, in a Jordan after Thierry Boutsen's retirement. However, it was not a fairy-tale event; his career lasted less than 800 metres as he was taken out by JJ Lehto in a collision that also took out Apicella's teammate Rubens Barrichello. From the next race, Emmanuele Naspetti replaced Apicella.

It would turn out to be Apicella's only race in F1, and he returned back to Japan, where he won the Japanese F3000 title in 1994. In 1996, Apicella was announced as one of the test drivers for the Dome project; however, the project never came to fruition and Apicella's final chance to make it in F1 was gone.

After racing in GT cars and endurance racing, Apicella eventually retired from motor racing and currently serves as a racing instructor and sales representative for the Stilo race helmet company.

Formula One CareerEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1987 Minardi Team SpA Minardi-Motori Moderni Test driver
1990 SCM Minardi Team Minardi-Ford Cosworth Test driver
Modena Team SpA Lambo-Lamborghini Team pre-entry test driver
1991 Modena Team SpA Lambo-Lamborghini Test driver
1993 Sasol Jordan Jordan-Hart 0 NC
1996 Dome Company Dome-Mugen-Honda Team pre-entry test driver

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 1
Starts 1
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km (0 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of Europe Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols


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