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Bruno Giacomelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruno dʒakoˈmɛlli]; born 10 September 1952) is a former racing driver from Italy.

Bruno Giacomelli
Born (1952-09-10) 10 September 1952 (age 65)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19771983, 1990
Teams McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Toleman, Life
Entries 82 (69 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 14
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1977 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1990 Spanish Grand Prix

He won one of the two 1976 British Formula 3 Championships and the 1978 Formula Two championship. He participated in 82 Formula One grands prix, debuting on 11 September 1977. He achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 14 championship points.

He was born at Poncarale, Brescia, Italy.

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Early careerEdit

Giacomelli began his career in Formula Italia, graduated to Formula Three in 1976 with a March and finished runner up in his first season, to Rupert Keegan,[1] in the B.A.R.C Championship and won the B.R.D.C. title. He also led from start to finish in a March-Toyota in the 1976 Monaco Grand Prix Formula Three support race. His average speed was 74.84 miles per hour.[2]

Giacomelli moved into Formula Two in 1977 in close association with Robin Herd and the March factory.[1] He retired from the Formula Two Pau Grand Prix in May 1977, after his car made contact with one driven by Jacques Laffite. However he managed to score three F2 wins in 1977,[1] at Vallelunga, Mugello and Donington Park and finished fifth in the championship. He also made his Formula One World Championship debut in 1977 in a third works McLaren M23-Cosworth at the 1977 Italian Grand Prix at Monza retiring with an engine problem which caused him to spin off.[1]

Giacomelli dominated the following F2 season, winning eight of the 12 races[1] on his way to the title and beating runner up Marc Surer by 29 points. Giacomelli retained his Formula Two points lead with a third-place finish in the Mugello Grand Prix in May 1978. The race was won by Derek Daly in a Chevron Cars Ltd entry.[3] At the 1978 Grand Prix de Rouen, Giacomelli solidified his lead in the Formula Two Championship. He drove a March to victory after starting from pole position.[4] Giacomelli became the first Italian to win the European Formula Two Championship.[1]

Formula OneEdit

After his sole F1 race in 1977, Giacomelli entered five races in 1978 for McLaren, when his Formula Two commitments allowed. He achieved his best finish of seventh in the 1978 British Grand Prix. After winning the European F2 title, he switched to Alfa Romeo for their return to building F1 cars in 1979. Alfa only entered their 177 and 179 cars in a handful of events that year, and Giacomelli could only achieve a best of 17th place in the 1979 French Grand Prix. However the following year the team looked more promising. Giacomelli earned a surprise 6th qualifying position for Alfa Romeo at Brands Hatch for the 1980 British Grand Prix.[5] Giacomelli posted a third place qualifying time for the 1980 Italian Grand Prix at Imola. Three of his six mechanics sustained injuries on the Friday before the race, when their helicopter crashed en route to the track.[6] He won the pole position for the 1980 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York in his Alfa Romeo. Giacomelli improved on his opening day time by 1.25 seconds, with a time of 1 minute 33.29 seconds over the 3.37 mile track.[7] However, despite these flashes of speed the car was severely unreliable - Giacomelli only managed to finish three of the season's fourteen races, although two of his finishes were fifth places at the season-opening 1980 Argentine Grand Prix and the 1980 German Grand Prix, thus netting him four points and placing him 16th in the Drivers' Championship. In 1981 the car was somewhat more reliable, with Giacomelli being a classified finisher in eight of the season's 15 races - however he struggled to achieve good results until the end of the year, with a fourth and a third in the season-ending Canadian and Caesars Palace Grands Prix respectively - the latter was Giacomelli's only podium finish in F1, and he achieved his best ever championship finish by ending up 15th in the drivers' standings. For 1982 Alfa introduced their new Alfa Romeo 182 to replace the ageing 179, however the new chassis proved to be unreliable in the first half of the season. In the second half it was reliable enough to allow Giacomelli to finish all but two of the races, however the year only yielded one points finish for him with a fifth in Germany.Giacomelli was eliminated at the start of the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder when his Alfa Romeo collided with the two ATS cars of Eliseo Salazar and Manfred Winkelhock.[8] Alfa recruited Mauro Baldi to partner Andrea de Cesaris for the 1983 Formula One season and Giacomelli joined Toleman. Giacomelli was outperformed by his teammate Derek Warwick, though he did manage to pick up a final F1 point at the 1983 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

Seven years later, in 1990, Giacomelli returned to F1 with the Life outfit, taking over from Gary Brabham who left the team two races into the season. The car, saddled with an ineffectual and fragile W12 engine, struggled to get within 20 seconds of the pole time at many circuits and Giacomelli failed to even get out of pre-qualifying at any of the 12 Grands Prix he contested with the team. At the Italian Grand Prix the team reverted to a more conventional Judd V8 engine, but the car had not been adapted for the new engine and the team were unable to properly fit the engine cover,[9] leading to them pulling out of the event without completing a single lap. When Giacomelli was able to drive the Judd-powered car in Spain he found himself 18 seconds off the pace despite the new engine. With money in short supply and few hopes of improving their desperately uncompetitive package the team folded before the final two races of the season, ending Giacomelli's F1 career.

CARTEdit

He made 11 starts in CART in 1984 and 1985, 10 of which were for Patrick Racing. His best finish was a 5th place on the Meadowlands street course in 1985. He attempted but failed to qualify for the 1984 Indianapolis 500.

Racing recordEdit

Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos. Pts
1977 AFMP Euroracing March 772 Hart SIL
Ret
THR
Ret
HOC
Ret
NÜR
6
4th 32
March Engineering March 772P BMW VAL
1
PAU
Ret
MUG
1
ROU
Ret
NOG
4
PER
7
MIS
10
EST
14
March 782 DON
1
1978 Polifac BMW Junior Team March 782 BMW THR
1
HOC
1
NÜR
Ret
PAU
1
MUG
3
VAL
2
ROU
1
DON
Ret
NOG
1
PER
1
MIS
1
HOC
1
1st 78

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts
1977 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA
Ret
USA CAN JPN NC 0
1978 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL
8
ESP SWE FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER AUT NED
Ret
ITA
14
USA CAN NC 0
1979 Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177 Alfa Romeo 115-12 3.0 F12 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL
Ret
MON FRA
17
GBR GER AUT NED NC 0
Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 ITA
Ret
CAN USA
Ret
1980 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 ARG
5
BRA
13
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
16th 4
1981 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179C Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 USW
Ret
BRA
NC
ARG
10
SMR
Ret
BEL
9
MON
Ret
ESP
10
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
GER
15
NED
Ret
ITA
8
CAN
4
CPL
3
15th 7
Alfa Romeo 179B AUT
Ret
1982 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179D Alfa Romeo 1260 3.0 V12 RSA
11
22nd 2
Alfa Romeo 182 BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
NED
11
GBR
7
FRA
9
GER
5
AUT
Ret
SUI
12
ITA
Ret
CPL
10
1983 Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart 415T 1.5 L4t BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
FRA
13
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
8
DET
9
CAN
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
13
ITA
7
EUR
6
RSA
Ret
19th 1
1990 Life Racing Engines Life F190 Life F35 3.5 W12 USA BRA SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
NC 0
Judd CV 3.5 V8 POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN AUS

Complete BMW M1 Procar resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pos. Pts
1979 Osella Squadra Corse BMW M1 ZOL
Ret
MON
Ret
DIJ
10
SIL
Ret
HOC
8
ÖST
9
ZAN MNZ
Ret
19th 6

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1987 Pro Team Italia Maserati Biturbo MNZ
17
JAR
DNS
DIJ
Ret
NÜR
Ret
SPA BRN
24
SIL BAT CLD WEL FUJ 31st 43

American Open-Wheel racingEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART PPG Indy Car World SeriesEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos. Pts
1984 Theodore Racing Theodore T83 Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
27
PHX
DNS
32nd 5
Theodore T84 INDY
DNQ
MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH PHX
Patrick Racing March 84C LAG
8
CPL
1985 Patrick Racing March 85C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
18
INDY MIL POR
10
MEA
5
CLE
10
MCH ROA
22
POC MDO
6
SAN
16
MCH LAG
6
PHX MIA
14
19th 32

Complete World Endurance/World Sports Protype Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Pts
1985 Porsche Kremer Racing C1 Porsche 956B MUG MNZ
8
SIL LMS HOC MOS SPA BRH FUJ SHA NC 0
1986 Sponsor Guest Team C1 Lancia LC2 MNZ SIL LMS NOR
Ret
BRH
Ret
JER NÜR 44th 10
Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 962C SPA
12
FUJ
4
1987 Britten – Lloyd Racing C1 Porsche 962C GTi JAR JER MNZ
Ret
SIL LMS NC 0
Mussato Action Car Lancia LC2 NOR
DSQ
BRH NÜR SPA FUJ
1988 Porsche Kremer Racing C1 Porsche 962C JER JAR MNZ
6
SIL 37th 20
Porsche 962-CK6 LMS
9
BRN BRH NÜR
10
SPA FUJ
16
SAN
1989 Porsche Kremer Racing C1 Porsche 962-CK6 SUZ
Ret
DIJ
18
JAR NC 0
Mussato Action Car Lancia LC2 BRH
Ret
NÜR
NC
DON
Ret
SPA
DSQ
MEX
Ret
1990 Spice Engineering C Spice SE90C SUZ
Ret
SIL
3
SPA DIJ NÜR DON
5
MNT MEX 17th 6
Team Lee-Davey Porsche 962C MNZ
DSQ

Not eligible for Championship points

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1988   Kenwood Kremer Racing   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Hideki Okada
Porsche 962CK6 C1 370 9th 9th
1989   Porsche Kremer Racing   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Giovanni Lavaggi
Porsche 962C C1 303 DNF DNF
1990   Richard Lloyd Racing   John Watson
  Allen Berg
Porsche 962C C1 335 11th 11th
Source:[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 156. ISBN 0851127029. 
  2. ^ Auto Racing, Syracuse Herald Journal, May 30, 1976, Page 72.
  3. ^ Auto Racing, Syracuse Herald Journal, May 29, 1978, Page 21.
  4. ^ Sports Briefs, Syracuse Herald Journal, June 19, 1978, Page 25.
  5. ^ French teams dominate, Syracuse Herald Journal, July 13, 1980, Page 46.
  6. ^ Andretti May Drive for a New Team, Syracuse Post Standard, Page 15.
  7. ^ Formula Ones Go crazy at the Glen, Syracuse Herald-American, October 5, 1980, Page D13.
  8. ^ Watson Wins Grand Prix, Syracuse Post Standard, May 10, 1982, Page 25.
  9. ^ "Life - Profile". f1rejects.com. 2001-01-13. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Bruno Giacomelli, Italy". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Renzo Zorzi
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1976
Succeeded by
Didier Pironi
Preceded by
None
British Formula 3 Championship
BRDC Series Champion

1976
Succeeded by
Stephen South
Preceded by
René Arnoux
European Formula Two
Champion

1978
Succeeded by
Marc Surer