Though it might seem like life becomes something of a dream once one’s given a seat in Formula 1, there are just as many ways to be ridiculed as there are to be praised. Domenico Schiattarella is one who received more criticism than praise during his short Formula 1 career, where he made seven entries with the ill-fated Simtek team between 1994 and 1995.
It’s quite remarkable how drivers manage to thread a Formula 1 car through the narrow streets of Monaco, but somehow it’s done. When a car spins, we’re given a clearer picture of how there’s hardly enough room to spin a car back in the right direction with the walls so close. When one drives for a cash-strapped team like Simtek was that year, he better ensure he doesn’t take a wheel off in the process of pointing the car the right way again.
The speeds leading up to Rascasse, the second slowest corner at Monaco after the Lowes hairpin, make it a challenging corner to master. The odd shape, the need to trail-brake slightly into the corner, and the blind approach only complicate the process. When a spin happens, it’s often at Rascasse. Fortunately, the Italian was not smashed into by an unsuspecting driver, but he did do plenty of damage to his reputation with this clumsy series of failed re-spins.
To his credit, it’s much more challenging than some might imagine, but once one makes it to Formula 1, the public expects every driver to be well-versed in the art of controlled donuts.