In his long career, EmanuelePirro has experienced everything motorsport can throw at a driver. The Italian raced for Benetton while also helping to develop Prost and Senna’s mighty McLaren Honda MP4/4 in the 1980s. Later, he battled soaking conditions at the infamous 1991 Australian GP and won Le Mans five times. Emanuele has enjoyed an incredible career, and has great stories to tell. Why did he reject Ferrari? Why did Riccardo Patrese hit him on the helmet after his final Grand Prix? Emanuele also tells Tom Clarkson about his current role as an FIA DriverSteward. He helps to decide if F1 drivers deserve penalties, but what happens in that stewards room?
0:00 – Introduction 3:46 – A call from Bernie Ecclestone and Emanuele’s first F1 drive 12:19 – Developing the dominant McLaren MP4/4, and rejecting Ferrari 22:53 – Behind the wheel of the MP4/4 with Prost and Senna 27:36 – Racing and chasing Mansell with Benetton 38:37 – Emanuele’s next challenge: Scuderia Italia 47:08 – Rain, red flags and Riccardo Patrese’s anger in Pirro’s final GP 52:35 – Winning Le Mans with Audi’s ‘dream team’ 1:06:41 – Life as an FIA DriverSteward 1:11:35 – Investigating Vettel vs Hamilton at Canada 2019 1:22:19 – ‘Brilliant!’ Your messages on the Ruth Buscombe interview