The Scuderia Italia squad had a pretty good 1989, having even had a podium finish with Andrea de Cesaris and a series of excellent qualifying drives by Alex Caffi underlined the quality of the F189 chassis and its Pirelli qualifying tyres. The team hoped for more of the same in 1990 with a development of the car, the F190, ready for the start of the season, and the talented Emanuele Pirro coming in to replace the departing Alex Caffi.
21. Emanuele Pirro
After a number of thankless years flogging round Japanese circuits developing the Honda engine, Pirro finally had his break in 1989 as a mid-season replacement for Johnny Herbert at Benetton. He struggled on occasion, made the odd rookie error but did well overall and earned himself a full-time drive for 1990 at the Scuderia Italia squad. He would hope to prove himself in the hope of returning to a top team in the future.
22. Andrea de Cesaris
The Italian veteran had had a decent year by his standards, with a fine third place in a sodden Canada, but had also blotted his copybook by nerfing team-mate Caffi into the wall at Phoenix while he was running second. Nonetheless, he did well enough to buck his usual trend of a new team every year and was welcomed back – though no doubt his substantial Marlboro sponsorship helped.