He is best known for racing Formula One on and off from 1990 to 1997.
He started karting when he was just 12 years old, and eventually won the EUR-AM championship.
Following his Formula One career he began racing in the British Touring Car Championship.
His father, Giancarlo Morbidelli, was the founder of a successful motorcycle company named Morbidelli.
He began his Formula One career as a stand-in for Emanuele Pirro.