Vittorio Brambilla  Italy

  • Full name Vittorio Brambilla
  • Birth date November 11, 1937
  • Birthplace Monza, Italy
  • Date of death May 26, 2001 (63 years 196 days)
  • Place of death Camparada di Lesmo, Italy
  • Relation Brother - E Brambilla
  • Teams Alfa Romeo, March, Surtees
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1974 March 13 11 0 0 7 6 0 0 13 0 0 1 20
1975 March 14 14 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 0 6.5 11
1976 March 16 16 0 0 5 6 0 0 3 0 0 1 19
1977 Surtees 17 17 0 0 12 4 0 0 8 0 0 6 16
1978 Surtees 14 12 0 0 7 6 0 0 12 0 0 1 19
1979 Alfa Romeo 3 2 0 0 1 12 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
1980 Alfa Romeo 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 19 0 0 0 -
Total 79 74 1 1 37 1 1 1 1 1 0 15.5
Race Circuit Date
First race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 30, 1974 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Imola September 14, 1980 Race results
Profile

Born in Monza, he raced motorcycles, then karts, before joining his brother Tino in Formula Three in 1968. Despite not competing in all the rounds, Vittorio finished second overall and went one better in 1969. The brothers teamed up in Formula Two in 1970, but Vittorio spent much of the year blowing engines in his efforts to keep up with drivers in newer machinery. Occasional quick drives were not enough, especially with Vittorio junking several chassis, and money was too tight for success to follow. Only when Beta Tools agreed to finance him in 1973 did he make progress. He took Beta Tools to Formula One in 1974 with March and he scored his first point before the year was out. His second season promised so much, with pole in Sweden, but offered frequent retirements until he held it all together to win the Austrian Grand Prix after a downpour. Seconds after crossing the finish line, Vittorio punched the air with delight and crashed. He moved to Surtees in 1977 and did poorly, with the exception of a fourth place in Belgium. Then came disaster in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix when he was struck on the head in the accident that was to inflict fatal injuries on Ronnie Peterson. It was a year later that Vittorio was back in the cockpit, returning at Monza for Alfa-Romeo. But the old speed was not there and he retired from Formula One after just a handful more races.

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

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September 11, 1977

Monza resident Vittorio Brambilla arrives at the circuit

August 17, 1975

Vittorio Brambilla is back on the circuit after crashing out on his victory lap at the Austrian Grand Prix

     

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