Former F1 boss Forti passes away

Guido Forti (ITA) Founder of the Forti F1 team. Enna, Sicily, July 1994Guido Forti, co-founder of the Forti Corse racing team which competed unsuccessfully in F1 for several years has died, aged 72.

Forti co-founded his Forti Corse racing team with businessman Paolo Guerci in the late 1970s, initially running in Italian and European Formula 3 championships.

The team made the step up to Formula 3000 in 1987, but only participated in half of the races. The team continued in F3000 until 1994, with their most succesful stint being in 1991 when Emanuele Naspetti won four races for the team. In the eight years of F3000 the Italian squad won nine races.

In 1995 the team moved into Formula One with Pedro Diniz and Roberto Moreno. They failed to score a point. In 1996 they had Luca Badoer and Andrea Montermnini in the cockpit of the Forti, but by the end of the season the team wrapped up their F1 operation, their best result being seventh place – in the era when points were awarded only to the top six – at the 1995 Australian GP with Diniz at the wheel.

Forti was last involved in motor racing in 2003, when he was employed by a Euro Formula 3000 team.

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