As a member of Audi Sport Team Joset, he won three consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans races from 2000 to 2002; he then went on to win the event two additional times.
He began his racing career at age 11, when he competitively raced karts; in 1981 he began racing in Formula Three, and in 1984, he entered Formula Two.
As a Formula One racer, he notched his first career victory at the 1989 French Grand Prix.
He was born and raised in Rome.
He won his three consecutive Le Mans races with co-driver Allan McNish.