An uncompetitive 1992 for which they had had such high hopes was the last straw for Beppe Lucchini’s Scuderia Italia, and they decided to change chassis supplier from the Dallaras they had been using since arriving in F1 to Lola. A new look, too, with Chesterfield cigarettes as title sponsors and an eye-catching “flame” effect paint job on the T93/30 chassis. In the back is the Ferrari Tipo 040 (just one evolution behind the 041 in the works team) and in the cockpit is the classic “youth-and-experience” setup, in this case with Michele Alboreto joined by F3000 champion Luca Badoer.
With Lola’s Eric Broadley personally overseeing the partnership (which sees Lola’s name added to the already-unwieldy team moniker), the ingredients are there for success.
21. Michele Alboreto (right)
Despite a decent 1992 season with Footwork, Alboreto decided to make the move to the Scuderia Italia team for what must surely be the winding-down period of his long career. Nonetheless, he seemed revitalised last year and the team will be hoping that, like his fellow Italian veteran Riccardo Patrese, there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet.
22. Luca Badoer (left)
One of the more promising drivers coming through the classic Italian route of Karting – F3 – F3000, Luca made a name early for himself beating rising star Zanardi in the last race of the 1990 F3 season. In 1991, he was odds-on to win the F3 title, but was disqualified retrospectively from three of his four race wins for tyre irregularities. Nonetheless, he impressed enough to get into F3000 with Team Crypton 3000 and cruised to the title at his first attempt with four wins. Hot property, can he be Italy’s new star?