Francisco Sacco Landi (July 14, 1907 – June 7, 1989), better known as Chico, was a racing driver from São Paulo, Brazil. He participated in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on September 16, 1951. He scored a total of 1.5 championship points, awarded for his fourth-place finish in the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix, a drive he shared with Gerino Gerini. He was the first Brazilian ever to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix, and also the first to score points.

Chico Landi
Born(1907-07-14)14 July 1907
São Paulo, Brazil
Died7 June 1989(1989-06-07) (aged 81)
São Paulo, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityBrazil Brazilian
Active years19511953, 1956
TeamsMaserati inc. as privateer; privateer Ferrari
Entries9 (6 starts)
Career points1.5
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1951 German Grand Prix
Last entry1956 Argentine Grand Prix


Landi came from a modest middle-class family, and got into racing through owning a garage. Along with wealthy diplomat's son Manuel de Teffé he popularized motor racing in Brazil in the late mid-thirties. Landi had left school at eleven to work as a mechanic, and later began illegal street racing at nights, where he had frequent run-ins with the police.[1] In 1934 he made his racing debut, at the second Rio Grand Prix in 1934. He led until eight laps from the finish, when his engine gave out.[2] He was the most popular Brazilian driver of his time, as many considered Teffé a wealthy expat rather than an actual Brazilian, as he had started his racing career while living in Italy. Irineu Corrêa, who ended up winning the 1934 Rio Grand Prix, died in a crash on the first lap of next year, leaving Landi as the undisputed master of pre-war racing in Brazil. Landi went abroad in 1938, finishing eighth at Bern in what is generally considered the first Brazilian Grand Prix entry (Teffé had raced abroad earlier but is generally thought of as an Italian with Brazilian parents).[3] Landi's first Brazilian GP victory came at the 1941 Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix.[2]

Landi was the first Brazilian driver to win a Grand Prix race, taking a Ferrari to victory at the Bari Grand Prix in 1948,[4] run that year to Formula Two regulations. He also finished second in the 1952 (non-championship) Albi Grand Prix in a Ferrari 375.[4]

Landi also won the 1960 Mil Milhas Brasil in an Alfa Romeo JK 2000, together with Christian "Bino" Heins. This was the first time that a Brazilian-made car won this prestigious race, rather than an American-based "Carretera" special.[5]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1951 Francisco Landi Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati Straight-4 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
NC 0
Ferrari 375/50 Ferrari V12 ITA
1952 Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM Maserati Straight-6 SUI 500 BEL FRA
NC 0
1953 Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM Maserati Straight-6 ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI
NC 0
Scuderia Milano ITA
1956 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 ARG
MON 500 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA 25th 1.5
† Indicates Shared Drive with Jan Flinterman
* Indicates Shared Drive with Gerino Gerini


  1. ^ Wolfe, Joel (2010), Autos and Progress: The Brazilian search for Modernity, New York City: Oxford UP, pp. 99–100, ISBN 978-0-19-517456-4
  2. ^ a b Wolfe, p. 101
  3. ^ Wolfe, p. 231 (footnote)
  4. ^ a b Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness Publishing. p. 218. ISBN 0851127029.
  5. ^ Serapicos, Mário (1983-02-11). Kfouri, Juca (ed.). "Uma tradição de 27 anos" [A 27-year tradition]. Placar (in Portuguese). Editora Abril (664): 64.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Catharino Andreatta
Berno Fornari
Winner of the Mil Milhas Brasil
With: Christian Heins
Succeeded by
Italo Bertão
Orlando Menegaz