Fondazione Mondiale Piloti per la solidarietà Onlus is an evolution of “Club Italia Piloti” born in 1979 from an idea realized by the director Mario Di Natale and consolidate in 1981 thanks to the support of the President and of the great F1 driver Riccardo Patrese.
In an interview realized in Monaco in 2012, the president Mario Di Natale told the idea “came up after a phone call from a friend of mine in December 1980. He needed 2 millions of Lire for a seven year-old child who had to go to the United States for a serious surgery.
He asked me if we could help involving Riccardo Patrese as well. So I spoke with Riccardo and I said him all my doubts: it was a foggy winter, we had less than a month to organize and to advertise the event. Finally Riccardo agreed and we had a football match. I remember that a lot of drivers came to the event and among other I remember Elio De Angelis and Vittorio Brambilla though, as expected, few people participated and we could only collect 800.000 Lire. In the dressing room the drivers asked me about the charity fundraising: I told them that, unfortunately, the result was not as expected and that we needed to contribute personally. Thanks to their great heart we collected 3.200.000 Lire! After this event I asked to Riccardo if we could have a permanent football team. He brought me to the box and from there the team was born!”
In 32 years of activities the “Fondazione Mondiale Piloti per la solidarietà Onlus” played 221 matches: 116 won, 86 drawn and only 19 lost: 565 goals realized and the best scorer of the team is Giancarlo Fisichella thanks to 65 goals realized.
Thanks to the amazing passion, enthusiasm and efforts made by the President Mario Di Natale, by the staff, by all drivers who, despite their commitments, decided to support the projects and to help people who need help and thanks to the thousands of people in the stadiums around the world, Nazionale Piloti has achieved 15.800.000 Euros, very closed to the important milestone of 16.000.000 Euros!
A long history lived thanks to the same principles, the same determination and the same enthusiasm from everybody: the historical protagonists such as Riccardo Patrese, Ivan Capelli, Michael Schumacher, Gabriele Tarquini, Max Biaggi, Matteo Munari, Maro Engel, Christian Montanari, Kristian Ghedina, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Emanuele Pirro, Luca Badoer; the new champions generations, the actual motorsport world champions such as the 4 times F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari man Fernando Alonso, the new Williams driver Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Jules Bianchi and with the most talented young drivers Luca Filippi, Stefano Coletti, Johnny Cecotto, Julian Leal, Fabio Leimer, Sam Bird, James Calado, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Kevin Ceccon, David Fumanelli, Giovanni Venturini, Raffaele Marciello, Gianmarco Raimondo, Cesar Ramos, Riccardo Agostini, Eddie Cheever and many others.
Not only the biggest motorsport champions but also the strongest sports protagonists such as the tennis player Novak Djokovic, the skier Giuliano Razzoli, the football players Angelo Peruzzi, Simone Barone, Bernardo Corradi and also a lot of stars like Albert II of Monaco, the Princes Charlotte Casiraghi, Andrea Casiraghi and Pierre Casiraghi.
A very strong media coverage of the events: some international television channels such as the Italian sat tv Sky Sport, the Italian Tv Rai and some other European channels like the English Sky Sports, RTL; Sky Sport Deutschland Eurosport, BBC, Canal+, TF1, Antena 3, Fuji TV, Televisa Mexico, TV Globo. A great media coverage from newspapers like La Gazzetta dello Sport, Il Corriere dello Sport, La Stampa, Nice-Matin, Autosportmedia.be, RMC, Championat.ru etc.
Not only a classic media coverage. In fact Nazionale Piloti is present also on the net: the official website www.nazionalepiloti.it in Italian and in English and first of all on the social networks, the virtual place where a lot of fans around the world can meet. In the two Facebook spaces (“Nazionale Piloti Onlus” in Italian and “Official Page Nazionale Piloti in English) more than 11.000 fans are present and they come from Italy, Germany, Hungary, Spain, USA, Brazil, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Turkey, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, Venezuela, Indonesia, Malaysia and Romania.