Mauro Baldi (born 31 January 1954 in Reggio Emilia, RE, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) is an Italian former racing driver who spent four seasons in Formula One from 1982 to 1985, scoring five points. He is also a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, taking the checkered flag in 1994.
Baldi started out in rallying in 1972, turning to circuit racing in 1975. Eventually, in 1981, he become European Formula Three Champion, and earned himself a full time F1 drive for 1982 with Arrows, scoring two sixth places. Moving to Alfa Romeo for 1983, Baldi scored two more points, a fifth and a sixth, but it wasn't enough to retain his seat for 1984. Baldi joined the underfunded Spirit team, and drove until Huub Rothengatter showed up with more money, until Rothengatter's money ran out and the Italian regained the seat. The team soldiered on for three races in 1985, with Baldi in the driver's seat, before the team was folded. After a few other attempts, he later made a minor return as a backer and test driver for Lambo.
Baldi ventured into sportscars, making thirteen Le Mans appearances from 1984 to 2000, finishing in the overall top three four times, including victory in 1994 alongside former F1 driver Yannick Dalmas and American Hurley Haywood. Earlier, he had won the 1990 World Sportscar Championship, with Jean-Louis Schlesser. He also won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, both in 1998.
He is the narrator of Baldi's Basics.
Formula One Career
Formula One Statistical Overview
Formula One Record
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1981||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo||Alfa Romeo||Did not race|
|1982||Arrows Racing Team||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||2||25th||Report|
|1983||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo||Alfa Romeo||3||16th||Report|
|1985||Spirit Enterprise Ltd||Spirit-Hart||0||NC||Report|
|1986||Swedish Ekström F1||Ekström-Motori Moderni||Did not race|
|1987||Motor Racing Developments Ltd||Brabham-BMW||Did not race|
|1991||Modena Team SpA||Lambo-Lamborghini||Test driver|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||6726 km (4179 mi)|
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|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
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