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Giancarlo Baghetti (25 December 1934 in Milan, Italy – 27 November 1995 also in Milan) was a Formula One driver who raced for the Ferrari, ATS (the Italian team), BRM, Brabham and Lotus teams.

Giancarlo Baghetti
Born(1934-12-25)25 December 1934
Milan, Lombardy, Kingdom of Italy
Died27 November 1995(1995-11-27) (aged 60)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years19611967
TeamsFerrari, Automobili Turismo e Sport, Scuderia Centro Sud, Brabham, Reg Parnell, Lotus
Entries21
Championships0
Wins1
Podiums1
Career points14
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1961 French Grand Prix
First win1961 French Grand Prix
Last win1961 French Grand Prix
Last entry1967 Italian Grand Prix

Baghetti is one of only three drivers to have won his first World Championship race, the other two being Nino Farina, who won the first World Championship race (the 1950 British Grand Prix) and Johnnie Parsons, who won the 1950 Indianapolis 500 (the Indianapolis 500 was part of the World Championship from 1950 to 1960).

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Formula One careerEdit

Baghetti was born in Milan. His father was a wealthy Milan industrialist.[1]He began racing in 1955 in production cars, moving up to Formula Junior in 1958. In 1961 he was selected by the Federazione Italiana Scuderie Automobilistiche (FISA), a coalition of independent Italian team owners who had agreed a loan deal with Ferrari for a 156[2] Formula Two car to run in non-Championship Grand Prix, giving experience to promising Italian drivers. Despite not showing spectacular form in lower categories, Baghetti was chosen over Albino Buttichi and Lucien de Sanctis for the seat. The car was first entered for the Syracuse Grand Prix, the first major event run under the new 1.5-litre championship regulations, and against a strong field Baghetti qualified second and won in the only Ferrari, with the British teams and Porsche 718 flat 4 unable to compete with the Dino's V6. He then drove the same car to win at the Napoli Grand Prix a few weeks later.

Team FISA entered an original 60-degree V6 Ferrari 156, at least 10 hp down on power, for Baghetti in the 1961 French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux, for this World Championship event. Once Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther and Phil Hill had all retired their works 156s, Baghetti was left to uphold Ferrari honour. He overcame Dan Gurney's Porsche 718 to take victory, giving him a hat trick of wins from his first three Grand Prix. Gurney was leading with 100 yd (91 m) to go as the cars raced to the finish line at 160 mph (260 km/h). The victory meant Baghetti became the first Italian since 1956 to win a Formula One World Championship event.[1] It also ensured that he became the first, and only driver ever to win on their World Championship Grand Prix debut against a field that did not consist entirely of other debutant drivers.

He entered two more Championship races, retiring from the 1961 British Grand Prix and 1961 Italian Grand Prix, though he posted fastest lap in the latter. He also won the poorly attended Prima Coppa Italia race at Vallelunga in a Porsche 718.

He was promoted to the works Ferrari line-up for 1962, but took just two Championship placings – fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix, and fifth at the Italian Grand Prix, as Ferrari was outclassed by the British teams. Baghetti took second in the non-Championship Mediterranean Grand Prix. He was offered a full Ferrari F1 drive for 1963, but had already signed with a rival team. Enzo Ferrari rated Baghetti highly, calling him, 'a lesser Varzi'.[3] Baghetti was involved in 1963 in the disastrous ATS effort in 1963, joining up with Phil Hill for Carlo Chiti's breakaway team, but failed to register a finish from five starts. For 1964 he switched to Scuderia Centro Sud's outdated BRM P57 cars, peaking with seventh at the Austrian Grand Prix. His Grand Prix career was then virtually over, though he had three more one-off drives, all at the Italian Grand Prix – a works Brabham in 1965, a Reg Parnell-semiworks Dino Ferrari 2.4 V6 in which he ran strongly ahead of Arundell's Lotus V8 Climax and Anderson's 2.7 litre Brabham, running 5th in 1966 and a similarly competent drive in a works Lotus 49 in 1967, running in midfield and passing Amon and Ickx and would have scored a point but for a blown engine.

Post Formula One racingEdit

He achieved some success in the European Touring Car Championship with Alfa Romeo and FIAT Abarth, winning the 1966 1000cc Class Championship in an Abarth 1000. After dabbling in Formula Three, he retired after a huge accident at the 1967 "Monza Lottery". Boley Pittard of England was burned severely when his Lola burst into flames at the start of the final qualifying heat. Baghetti won the event in a Branca with an average speed over thirty-five laps of 114 mph (183 km/h)[4] In June 1968 Baghetti was in a huge pile-up on the 23rd lap of a Formula Two race at Monza. He was driving a Dino.[5]

He later became a journalist and photographer in motorsport and fashion.

Death and legacyEdit

Baghetti died of cancer in 1995.

Baghetti's Championship debut win has secured him a footnote in Formula One history, as he became the only driver to have won his first three Formula One races, starting with two non-championship Grand Prix races in Italy.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1961 FISA Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 MON NED BEL FRA
1
9th 9
Scuderia Sant Ambroeus GBR
Ret
GER ITA
Ret
USA
1962 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 NED
4
MON BEL
Ret
FRA GBR GER
10
ITA
5
USA RSA 11th 5
1963 Automobili Turismo e Sport ATS 100 ATS V8 MON BEL
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA GBR GER ITA
15
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
RSA NC 0
1964 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 MON
DNA
NED
10
BEL
8
FRA GBR
12
GER
Ret
AUT
7
ITA
8
USA MEX NC 0
1965 Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham BT7 Climax V8 RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA
Ret
USA MEX NC 0
1966 Reg Parnell Racing Ltd Ferrari 246 Ferrari V6 MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA
NC
USA MEX NC 0
1967 Team Lotus Lotus 49 Cosworth V8 RSA MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER CAN ITA
Ret
USA MEX NC 0

Non-championshipEdit

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 FISA Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN SYR
1
NAP
1
LON SIL SOL KAN DAN MOD FLG OUL LEW
Scuderia Sant Ambroeus Porsche 718 Porsche Flat-4 VAL
1
RAN NAT RSA
1962 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 CAP BRX LOM LAV GLV PAU AIN
4
INT NAP MAL CLP RMS
DNA
SOL KAN MED
2
DAN OUL MEX RAN NAT
1963 Ecurie Filipinetti Lotus 21 Climax Straight-4 LOM GLV PAU IMO
DNQ
SYR AIN INT ROM SOL KAN MED AUT OUL RAN
1964 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 DMT
DNS
NWT
9
SYR
Ret
AIN
9
INT
8
SOL MED RAN
1965 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 ROC SYR SMT INT MED
Ret
RAN
1966 Anglo-Suisse Racing Team Lotus 33 Climax V8 RSA SYR
DNS
INT OUL

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Baghetti Of Italy Takes Auto Race, New York Times, July 3, 1961, Page 11.
  2. ^ "Dino 246 F1 P s/n 0008". barchetta.cc. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  3. ^ Enzo Ferrari 'Some Drivers'. Automobile Year 1977-78 (1977)
  4. ^ Driver Is Badly Burned as Flames Engulf Car at Start of Monza Race, New York Times, June 5, 1967, p.56.
  5. ^ Briton Takes Flag At Monza, European Stars and Stripes, June 25, 1968, p.19.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ed Swart
European Touring Car Championship champion (Div.1)
1966
Succeeded by
Willi Kauhsen