Felice Bonetto  Italy

  • Full name Felice Bonetto
  • Birth date June 9, 1903
  • Birthplace Manerbio, Brescia, Italy
  • Date of death November 21, 1953 (50 years 165 days)
  • Place of death Silao, Mexico
  • Teams Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Milano
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Maserati, Milano 3 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 10 0 0 2 19
1951 Alfa Romeo 4 4 0 1 3 3 0 0 7 0 0 7 8
1952 Maserati 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 10 0 0 2 18
1953 Maserati 7 7 0 1 4 3 0 1 2 0 0 6.5 9
Total 16 15 0 2 9 3 0 1 2 0 0 17.5
Race Circuit Date
First race Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten June 4, 1950 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 13, 1953 Race results
Profile

The average age of drivers in the inaugural Formula One World Championship race in 1950, held at Silverstone, was almost double the age of today's grid and, when Felice made his debut in the Swiss Grand Prix that year, he was five days short of 47. A star in the long, heroic Italian road races of the 1930s, his move to Formula One came with Ferrari, for whom he shone in several non-championship races. He entered his own Maserati in several grands prix in 1950 and drove a works Alfa Romeo in 1951, finishing third in the Italian Grand Prix. A move to sports cars followed, but he returned to Formula One at the end of 1952 and was going well in the works Maserati in 1953 before being killed on the Carrera Panamericana road race through Mexico.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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