GUIDO FORTI........1940 - 2013


Swimming at the back of the field is a tough spot. Time after time, including this year's HRT team, we have seen the small fry lose for the lack of money.

Guido Forti ran his small team 'FORTI' throughout its short stint in Formula One from 1995 to 1996. However, in the middle of the 1996 Formula One season, the team were struggling to secure funding due to driver Pedro Diniz's departure to the Ligier team at the start of the year. As a result, a financial deal was struck with the Shannon Group, which announced that it now owned 51% of the team. However, as Forti's financial situation worsened further inspite of the deal, Guido took the Shannon Group to court to try to get back the 51% of the team he had lost. After an initial loss to Shannon in a court case, Forti managed to regain control of his team, but at this stage the outfit had already missed several Grands Prix and did not return to the sport.

Guido Forti who had a nice looking car with some not so bad finishes has passed away at age 72.


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