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Lucien Bianchi

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Luciano "Lucien" Bianchi
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italy
Years 1959 - 1963, 1965, 1968
Team(s) ENB, UDT Laystall, Reg Parnell, Scuderia Centro Sud, Cooper
Races 19
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1956 Monaco Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1968 Mexican Grand Prix


Lucien Bianchi (born Luciano Bianchi on November 10 1934 in Milan, Italy; died March 30 1969 at Le Mans, France) was a Belgian Formula One driver who raced for the Cooper, ENB, UDT Laystall and Scuderia Centro Sud teams.

The Italian-born Bianchi moved to Belgium when he was still a child, with his father who was a race mechanic. His first race event was at the Alpine Rally in 1951. He won the 1957, 1958 and 1959 Tour de France as well as the Paris 1000 sports car race in the latter two years. He entered Formula 1 in 1959, although only with sporadic appearances at first. He drove various cars under the banner of the ENB team, including a Cooper T51, a Lotus 18 and an Emeryson. After a couple of races for the UDT Laystall team in 1961, driving another Lotus, he returned to ENB for whom he drove their ENB-Maserati. He finally secured a more regular drive in Formula 1 in 1968, with the Cooper-BRM team, although success was elusive despite a bright start.

Bianchi also raced touring cars, sports cars and rally cars, being successful in all disciplines; his biggest victories coming in the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours, behind the wheel of a Ford GT40 with Pedro Rodriguez and at Sebring in 1962 with Jo Bonnier. He was also leading the London-Sydney marathon when his Citroën collided with a non-competing car. but early 1969 he was killed when his Alfa Romeo T33 spun into a telegraph pole during Le Mans testing.


Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Pts.
1959 Equipe National Belge Cooper T51 (F2) Climax V8 MON
DNQ
500
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
- 0
1960 Equipe National Belge Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 ARG
MON
500
NED
BEL
6
24th 1
Fred Tuck Cars Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
POR
ITA
USA
1961 Equipe National Belge Emeryson 1001 Maserati Straight-4 MON
DNQ
NED
- 0
Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 BEL
Ret
UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
USA
1962 Equipe National Belge Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 NED
MON
BEL
9
FRA
GBR
- 0
ENB Maserati Straight-4 GER
16
ITA
USA
RSA
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lola Mk4 Climax V8 MON
BEL
Ret
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
- 0
1965 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 RSA
MON
BEL
12
FRA
GBR
NED
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
- 0
1968 Cooper Car Co. Cooper T86B BRM V12 RSA
ESP
MON
3
BEL
6
NED
Ret
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
ITA
CAN
NC
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
17th 5


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