Clemente Biondetti  Italy

  • Full name Clemente Biondetti
  • Birth date October 18, 1898
  • Birthplace Budduso, Sardegna, Italy
  • Date of death February 24, 1955 (56 years 129 days)
  • Place of death Florence, Italy
  • Teams Ferrari
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Ferrari 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
Total 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
Only race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 3, 1950 [race_results]
Profile

Clemente Biondetti was born in Budduso, Sardinia. He won the Mille Miglia an unprecedented four times both before and after the war and competed in several non-championship grands prix. His 1947 win was particularly spectacular as he beat Tazio Nuvolari in terrible conditions and without the use of two gears. In 1948 and 1949 he also won the Targa Florio in a Ferrari 166 before attempting similar feats for Jaguar but coming up short. However, he took a liking to the Jaguar and, with the birth of the Formula One world championship in 1950, attempted to convert one for use at the sport's highest level. He took a straight-6 engine from a C-Type and transplanted it into the body of a Ferrari 166S. He gained entry to the Italian Grand Prix and qualified the car 25th, albeit 32 seconds off the pace of Juan Manuel Fangio's Alfa Romeo. He completed just 17 of 80 laps in the race, but in doing so gave Jaguar its F1 debut 50 years before Ford entered the name in 2000. He continued to race competitively until 1954 and died of cancer a year after retiring from the sport.

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