Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems
|Based in: Passignano sul Trasimeno, Perugia, Italy|
Founded: 1983 (active 1987-1991)
Principal: Enzo Coloni
Success with teams in lower formulae and a limited budget was not a sound basis for entering into Formula 1 in the late 1980s but somebody forgot to tell Enzo Coloni that fact.
Coloni, a one time Italian F3 champion, had run an F3 team with some success and took the plunge into the shark-infested waters of Formula 1 in 1987. His first car - the FC187 - arrived late in the season with Larini as the sole driver. He failed to qualify for Monza but made it to the grid in Jerez for the final race of the season. Eight laps later he was out, and when the team returned for the 1988 season Gabrielle Tarquini was in the driver's seat. He failed to qualify on eight attempts and managed to finish in four races - eighth in Montreal being the best result.
For 1989 the team entered two cars driven by Moreno and Raphanel. Between them they managed to fail in qualifying 27 times and never actually finished a race. For 1990 the team reverted to a single car operation with Bertrand Gachot as the sole driver. He failed to get to the grid at every attempt.
1991 was no better, and neither Pedro Chaves or Naoki Hattori managed to pre-qualify the Coloni C4 at any of the race events. Results were impossible to improve with only 6 people in the team, and in September 1991 the team was sold to Andrea Sassetti, who renamed it Andrea Moda Formula for 1992.
After leaving F1 however, Coloni went back to F3 and then F3000, later renamed to GP2. The team competes at 'Coloni Motorsport', also known as 'Scuderia Coloni'. Between 2006 and 2009 the team ran under the name of Fisichella Motor Sport, with support from Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella.
|Car designation||Race years|
|Coloni FC187 (C1)||1987|
|Coloni FC188 (C2)||1988|
|Coloni FC188B (C2B)||1989|
|Coloni FC188C (C2C)||1989|
|Coloni FC189 (C3)||1989|