Career and Records
Date of Birth: June 5, 1985 (33 years)
Place of Birth: Codogno, Italy
Grand Prix Entered: 50
Race Starts: 50
Second place: 6
Third place: 9
Pole Position: 15
Best Overall Result: Four F1 World titles: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017
Four world titles in just eight years! And pretty much sums up the career so far of one of the most gifted powerboat racers in the world today. The native of Italy eased into F1 racing after spending his early formative years in F2, where he made an impression, but never managed to pick up a single world crown.
His career began nearly two decades back in 2000 after he started competing in the Italian T-400 class. After finishing fourth in his first year, Carella shifted to the F1000 class in 2002. Success was instant as Carella claimed the Italian title in 2003 and then the European crown in 2004. Making steady progress and learning all the time, Carella’s first notable international success came in 2009 when he clinched the F1000 World Championships.
It was in 2010 that Carella made a push into the world of F1 racing when Mad Croc Racing gave him a break to race alongside the best in the world. That opportunity was all that the ambitious young racer was waiting for as he grabbed the opportunity and won his first-ever F1 race in only his third start in the category in Linyi China.
In 2011, he moved on to the Qatar Team, where he went on to outduel his teammate Jay Price to win his debut F1 World crown by the end of the season. Even though that was his first taste of international success, the native of Piacenza, Italy did not allow it to go to his head.
That one quality paid dividends as the Italian went on to successfully defend his world title for the next two years and be crowned world champion in 2012 and 2013 to complete a well-deserved hat-trick.
However, the next two seasons witnessed the dominance from the CTIC China F1 Team as Philippe Chiappe proved his racing pedigree while winning for the next three years. Carella could do very little while ending runner-up in 2015 and 2016.
But it was Carella having the last laugh when the 2017 UIM F1H2O World Championships concluded with the Grand Prix of Sharjah with a stunning drive that handed the Italian with a fourth world crown.