1926 Italian Grand Prix

The 1926 Italian Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Monza on 5 September 1926.[2]

1926 Italian Grand Prix
Race 5 of 5 in the 1926 World Manufacturers' Championship
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Race details
Date 5 September 1926
Official name VI Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Monza, Italy
Course Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Course length 10.00 km (6.21 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 600 km (372.6 mi)
Pole position
Driver Maserati
Grid positions set by car number
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Meo Costantini Bugatti
Time 3:47.0
First Bugatti
Second Bugatti
  • No other finishers

The cars were divided into two classes, which raced simultaneously but over a different distance. The longer race, which was also the final race of the 1926 AIACR World Manufacturers' Championship season, was contested by 1.5-litre Grand Prix cars over 60 laps, while the shorter race was for up to 1.1 litre cyclecars, and held over 40 laps. Like the other races in the 1926 season, the Italian Grand Prix was quite dull, with just two cars running after the cyclecars had finished their race.[1]


Costantini's Bugatti took the lead early, with the other two Bugattis battling with the two Maseratis over the first two laps, the gap between second and fifth place just 5 seconds after the first lap, with the Chiribiri of Serboli down the field with the 1100cc cars. After just four laps, Maserati retired with engine failure, followed one lap later by team-mate Materassi, also with engine failure, leaving just the three Bugattis and the lone struggling Chiribiri in the 1500cc class.[1]

The Chiribiri of Serboli eventually retired after 27 laps in a spectacular fire in the otherwise dull race. Goux and Sabipa swapped positions a few times mostly due to pitstops, but Goux ultimately retired after 36 laps. Once the cyclecars had finished their 40 laps, the two remaining Bugattis continued uneventfully until nearly the end of the race. However, on his 58th lap, Costantini, who had totally dominated the race experienced engine trouble, but was able to crawl around to the pits. Although he lost the lead to Sabipa, he was able to finish the race on just three (of eight) cylinders.[1]


1.1 Litre Cyclecar ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 23   André Morel Amilcar 40 3h00m32.4
2 28   Arthur Duray Amilcar 40 3h09m16.4
3 27   Henny De Joncy BNC 40 3h16m05.4
DNF 24 Augusto Trevisani Marino 10 Engine
DNF 21 Alberto Marino Marino 6 Engine
DNF 26 Charles Martin Amilcar 3 Supercharger
DNF 22 Gubernatis BNC 1

1.5 Litre Grand Prix ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 16   Louis Charavel Bugatti 39A 60 4h20m29
2 12   Meo Costantini Bugatti 39A 60 4h27m01
Ret 7   Jules Goux Bugatti 39A 36 Oil pressure
Ret 4   Roberto Serboli Chiribiri 12/16 27 Fire
Ret 9   Ernesto Maserati Maserati 26 (8C-1500) 5 Engine
Ret 3   Emilio Materassi Maserati 26 (8C-1500) 4 Engine
DNS 5   Ferdinando Minoia OM 8C Withdrawn
DNS 10   Giuseppe Morandi OM 8C Withdrawn


  1. ^ a b c d e f Etzrodt, Hans. ""Sabipa" with Bugatti wins the Italian Grand Prix". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ Darren Galpin. "1926 Grands Prix, The GEL Motorsport Information Page". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24.

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