|First race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 6, 1987||Race results|
|Last race||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||May 11, 1997||Race results|
Nicola won the Italian Formula Three title with Coloni in 1986, before moving up to Formula One with the team in late 1987. He switched to Osella in 1988-89, when some brilliant drives in weak machinery earned him a seat at Ligier for 1990. Unfortunately, neither this car nor the Lamborghini he drove in 1991 were competitive, and he left Formula One. Nicola won the Italian touring car title with Alfa Romeo in 1992, and went on to dominate the highly competitive German series in 1993. As the Ferrari's test driver, he subbed for an injured Jean Alesi in early 1994, finishing second in the San Marino Grand Prix before Alesi returned. He was back in Formula One with Sauber in 1997, but was dropped after five races and races touring cars to this day, now for - Chevrolet.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books