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Eugenio Castellotti

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Eugenio Castellotti
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Years 1955 - 1957
Team(s) Lancia, Ferrari
Races 14
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 3
Points 19.5
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
First race 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1957 Argentine Grand Prix


Eugenio Castellotti (October 10, 1930 - March 14, 1957) was a Formula One driver from Italy.

Driving career

Castellotti was born in Lodi. After being signed by Scuderia Ferrari, Eugenio Castellotti participated in 14 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on January 16, 1955. He secured one pole position, achieved 3 podiums, and scored a total of 19.5 championship points.

He also participated in several non-Championship Formula One races. Castellotti won the March 1956 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring, Florida. He followed this triumph by winning the Mille Miglia race in Brescia and the Grand Prix for sports cars in Rouen, France. Castellotti's Ferrari achieved a time over the 210mi Essarts Circuit of 2 hours 10 minutes 31.1 seconds.

Born to a wealthy northern Italian family, he acquired a Ferrari at the age of twenty and began racing sports cars in 1952 He was known for his manner and tailored clothes, gaining publicity for his relationship with ballerina and actress, Delia Scala.

Tragic death

He was killed at only 27 years old during a private Ferrari test session at the Modena Autodrome. Castellotti was testing a new Ferrari for the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring. He crashed against a curve of the Autodrome and his body was hurled 100yd. He had just been told to accelerate his speed so that he could average 85.127 miles per hour (136.999 km/h). The car turned over several times and ran into a fence where spectators gathered to watch test runs. No one else was injured. Doctors said Castellotti died instantly from a fractured skull.

Legacy

Four years later, another Italian driver, Giulio Cabianca, Castellotti's best friend, fatally crashed in the same Autodrome. Castellotti was considered the greatest Italian driver since Alberto Ascari, who died testing a car on May 26, 1955.

Major career wins (sportscars):


Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Team WDC Points
1955 Lancia ARG
Ret
MON
2
500 BEL
Ret
NED
5
GBR
6
ITA
3
Ferrari 3rd 12
1956 Ferrari ARG
Ret
MON
4
500 BEL
Ret
FRA
2
GBR
10
GER
Ret
ITA
8
Ferrari 6th 7.5
1957 Ferrari ARG
Ret
MON 500 FRA GBR GER PES ITA Ferrari - 0


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