When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m
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When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

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Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle.

All racing drivers dream of making it to Formula 1. They dream of a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to motorsport’s most exclusive table and, once there, emulating the greats in their quest for champagne, championships and commendations.

What they don’t dream of is finding their way to F1, crashing out of the race metres before the first corner, and never dining at the motorsporting equivalent of the Ritz ever again. Alas, it was the fate that befell Marco Apicella, who had barely put the odometer at 800 metres before his time in F1 came to an anti-climactic end.

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