Andrea Belicchi: my missed chances

Andrea Belicchi: my missed chances

There is one race I could have won and that I really “can’t get over”. No, actually, there are three of them! Three world championships that I’ll never forget.

The first is when I lost the Junior world title in Lonato. It was 1990.
I was up against rivals like Michel Remi Dufur, Bas Lenders, Jarno Trulli, and maybe even Fisichella. All of Italy’s best were there too, like Nicola Gianniberti. And Kyle Smith, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher…
I was racing on a Tony Kart with a Rotax engine and I had proven I was the strongest all weekend long. I won every heat, every time I started first and ended first.
In short, my superiority was plain and clear. Then at one point… the acceleration cable snapped.
The second one was in 1996, my last year on karts. I was competing in the FSA.
That time I placed second in the qualifyings and went on to win every heat, but then.…