Friday, January 20, 2012

Fastest Way to Learn Italian: Drive Ricardo Patrese's Wife around a Racetrack!

Mamma Mia! Tranquillo! Garda! Basta! VOMITO!

And to think Riccardo Patrese was only driving a Honda Civic Type R! Imagine his wife's reaction in a Ferrari FXX driven close to its limit: You'd be an expert in Italian in no time!

I love it how calm Riccardo Patrese is in the car - really enjoying the hidden camera setup he pulled off on his beautiful wife. Some interesting driving career facts: he raced in Formula One from 1977 to 1993 and became the first Formula 1 driver to start in 200 Grand Prix and also the first to get to 250. He is the third-most experienced Grand Prix driver ever after Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher. He was runner-up in the 1992 Formula One season and third in 1989 and 1991. Another interesting tidbit: Riccardo Patrese holds the record for the longest gap between wins: 6+ years between the 1983 South African Grand Prix and the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix. Now that's stamina!