First Racing

First Racing (sometimes written as FIRST Racing) was an Italian motor racing team founded by Lamberto Leoni, which competed in International Formula 3000 from 1987 to 1991. The team built a car for entry into the 1989 Formula One series, designed by Richard Divila,[1] and powered by a Judd V8 engine. Italian Gabriele Tarquini was signed to drive the lone entry, giving it a run at the 1989 Attilio Bettega Memorial event in Bologna [2] and the Formula One Indoor Trophy. However, the chassis itself was poorly built, and Divila disowned the design, claiming it was unsafe, even going as far as saying that the car was good for nothing but "an interesting flowerpot".[3][4] The car then failed a mandatory FIA pre-season crash test, and FIRST withdrew before the opening Brazilian Grand Prix, folding thereafter when attempts to regroup and strengthen the chassis failed to come together.

The chassis would later turn up in 1990 as the Life L190.

Italy First Racing
Founder(s)Lamberto Leoni
Team principal(s)Lamberto Leoni
Former seriesEuropean F2
International Formula 3000
Noted driversItaly Marco Apicella
Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi
France Éric Hélary
Italy Lamberto Leoni
Italy Pierluigi Martini
Italy Gabriele Tarquini
United Kingdom Peter Westbury
1990 Life 190
The Life L190 which was initially developed by FIRST in 1989

Competition record

Complete Formula 3000 results

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result
Year Name Country Place Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1987 Gabriele Tarquini  Italy = 8th March Ford Cosworth 9 10 9 R 11 12 5 R11 15 19 7 3 18 17 7 14 8 2 19 5 4 R
1987 Lamberto Leoni  Italy = 8th March Ford Cosworth 18 8 8 8 25 13 18 6 6 R 10 5 17 11 18 R
March Judd 9 4 12 4 17 4
1987 Beppe Gabbiani  Italy NC March Ford Cosworth - - 20 12 19 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1987 Claudio Langes  Italy NC March Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 20 R 21 R 24 10 - - - - 15 R
1987 Alain Ferté  France NC March Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 R - -
1988 Pierluigi Martini  Italy 4th March Judd 17 8 16 11 4 3 7 10 6 R 2 1 3 2 4 3 - - 10 R 12 10
1988 Marco Apicella  Italy 11th March Judd 20 13 7 7 17 5 6 6 3 2 7 R 18 R 5 R 11 R 21 R 15 R
1988 Alain Ferté  France NC March Judd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20 12 - - - -
1989 Marco Apicella  Italy 4th March Judd 13 8
Reynard Judd 2 R 1 2 5 3 5 4 12 R 2 2 8 3 8 R 9 R
1989 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy 10th March Judd 28 NQ 7 1
Reynard Judd 6 R 21 14 12 R 29 NQ 21 NS 26 13 28 NQ 20 12
1989 Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland NC March Judd 26 14 19 R 16 R 25 15
Reynard Judd 18 R 15 R 13 12 27 NQ 15 R 12 9
1990 Marco Apicella  Italy 6th Reynard Mugen Honda 3 13 6 3 3 R 2 2 7 5 2 R 2 2 5 DIS(3) 1 R 5 R 11 5
1990 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy 10th Reynard Mugen Honda 16 R 10 R 2 2 13 6 21 10 15 6 13 7 19 R 18 5 18 R 10 R
1990 Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 7 31 NQ 18 R 27 NQ 25 R - - - - - - - - - - - -
1990 Marco Greco  Brazil NC Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 NQ 32 NQ
1991 Éric Hélary  France 8th † Reynard Ford Cosworth 14 11 7 3 16 R 17 R16 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Michael Bartels  Germany NC Reynard Ford Cosworth - 11 8 10 R 14 15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Giovanni Bonanno  Italy NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 22 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1991 Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland NC Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 NS 24 NQ 13 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Éric Hélary finished season with Cobra Racing


  1. ^ "Richard Divila Profile". Inside F1. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Bologna Sprint". Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Teams that barely existed". F1 Database. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Life team profile". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
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