The Japanese driver drove one race for Simtek in 1994 before spending a whole season with Footwork during 1995, recording a best finish of ninth at the Canadian Grand Prix that year as the last on-track finisher. In fact, Inoue failed to finish on the lead lap of any grand prix, and he has made light of his escapades in the sport during an interview with Red Bull.
“I only did eighteen starts and couldn’t get a point and in qualifying I was always massively off the pace from my team-mate, around two to five seconds,” Inoue explained. “I never overtook any cars during my F1 career.
“I believe definitely I am one of the worst Formula One drivers ever.”
Inoue has in recent years become something of a cult hero on Twitter for his light-hearted take on the sport, with his gem of the Korean Grand Prix poking fun at the jeep that appeared on track following Mark Webber’s car fire. Inoue tweeted: “What’s this donkey 4×4 safety car?? Is this Mercedes new model??”, with this being just one of many hilarious tweets to come from his account over the years.
Inoue also explained in the interview how his first race was “a total disaster” as well as admitting that he did not know what a pit stop was ahead of his debut.
Inoue will always have a place in F1 history though, primarily for his run in with the medical car at the 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix.