Like the Larrousse Calmels team, the Scuderia Italia stable decided to have their chassis built by a third party and ended up with a mouthful of a name. Scuderia Italia were formed by steel magnate Beppe Lucchini in 1983, originally as Brixia Motor Sport (BMS) and entered the World Endurance Championship before switching in 1987 to single-seaters and Formula 3000. Wishing to dive straight into F1, Lucchini commissioned chassis designer Gian Paolo Dallara’s firm to build his cars in F3000 and changed the name to BMS Scuderia Italia. For 1988, the car was designed by Sergio Rinland and manufactured by Dallara, with the Ford DFZ engine in the back and Alex Caffi at the wheel.
Were the team over-ambitious to take the leap into F1 only a year after their first single-seater? Time would tell.
36. Alex Caffi
Caffi had made his F1 debut for Osella in 1986 before being signed for the full 1987 season. He had proved an excellent signing, level-headed and reliable. Although he only saw the chequered flag once, in San Marino, not a single retirement was due to driver error and he seemed a natural fit for another team expecting to struggle initially.