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Carlo Maria Abate

Carlo Maria[1] Abate (10 July 1932 – 29 April 2019)[2] was an Italian auto racing driver. He was one of the best Ferrari 250 GTO specialists. Abate preferred to be addressed as "Carlo Mario Abate"[1] instead of his christened name.

Carlo Maria Abate
Born(1932-07-10)10 July 1932
Turin, Italy
Died29 April 2019(2019-04-29) (aged 86)
Turin, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years19621963
Teamsnon-works Porsche and Lotus
Entries3 (0 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0

Abate raced mostly for the private Italian team Scuderia Serenissima of Count Giovanni Volpi, but also for Scuderia Centro Sud, Scuderia Ferrari and the Porsche factory team. In 1959 he won the Mille Miglia with G. Balzarini. He won one of the rounds of 1962 World Sportscar Championship: Trophée d'Auvergne on 15 July 1962.[3]

In 1962 he tried participating in Formula One races, entering the 1962 Naples Grand Prix in a Porsche, finishing fourth. After crashing his Lotus 18/21 at his next race at Reims-Gueux, he withdrew his entry to his first World Championship event, the 1962 French Grand Prix,[4] and later also entered and withdrew from 1962 German Grand Prix.[5] He returned to the track for the 1962 Mediterranean Grand Prix, where he came third. The following year, he drove a Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper to fifth place in the 1963 Imola Grand Prix, and came third at Syracuse. After withdrawing his entry to the 1963 Italian Grand Prix, he retired from the sport at the end of the year, his greatest year, culminating with a win at the Targa Florio in a factory Porsche with Jo Bonnier.[6]

Abate later became the director of a private clinic.[1]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Carlo Abate". HistoricRacing.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Carlo Abate". Motor Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Winners in 1962". ultimatecarpage.com. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  4. ^ "France 1962 – Result". statsF1.com. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  5. ^ "Germany 1962 – Result". statsF1.com. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^ "Carlo Mario Abate – Profile". Retrieved 6 September 2017.