Arturo Merzario

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Arturo Merzario
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Arturo Merzario in 1978.
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1972 Formula One season-1979 Formula One season
TeamsFerrari, Frank Williams Racing Cars, Fittipaldi (constructor), March Engineering, Walter Wolf Racing, Merzario
Races85 (57 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points11
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1972 British Grand Prix
Last race1979 United States Grand Prix

Arturo Francesco Merzario (born March 11, 1943 in Civenna, Province of Como) (real name Arturio - blunder on name registration - sometimes used on his helmet) is a former Racing driver from Italy. He participated in 85 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on July 15, 1972. He scored 11 championship points.

During his first season in Formula One in 1972 with Ferrari, Merzario also participated in Sports car racing, winning the Spa 1000 km, the Targa Florio and the Rand 9 Hour races. After a difficult year with Ferrari in 1973, he moved to Frank Williams Racing Cars and finished third in a non-Championship race in Brazil, but the Championship seasons of 1974 and 1975 proved unsuccessful. Merzario quit during the 1975 season to return to sports cars with Alfa Romeo in motorsport, winning four races plus the Targa Florio again.

Merzario returned to Formula One in 1976, first with March Engineering, and then with Walter Wolf Racing, but again there were no decent results. When Merzario could no longer find a drive with established teams, he set up his own Merzario team in 1977 which struggled in Formula One for three years, initially with March cars before building their own chassis, and later moving down to Formula Two.

Merzario is perhaps most renowned for being one of the drivers, along with Guy Edwards, Brett Lunger and Harald Ertl who saved Niki Lauda from his burning car during the 1976 German Grand Prix.

In his time in Formula One in the 1970s he was often photographed wearing a cowboy hat with sponsorship patches from Marlboro.

Little Art is still active in Sports car racing well into his sixties, driving mostly in an Italian prototype series.


Complete Formula One World Championship results


(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1972 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari Flat-12 1972 Argentine Grand Prix
1972 South African Grand Prix
1972 Spanish Grand Prix
1972 Monaco Grand Prix
1972 Belgian Grand Prix
1972 French Grand Prix
1972 British Grand Prix
6
1972 German Grand Prix
12
1972 Austrian Grand Prix
1972 Italian Grand Prix
1972 Canadian Grand Prix
1972 United States Grand Prix
20th 1
1973 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312B2 Ferrari Flat-12 1973 Argentine Grand Prix
9
1973 Brazilian Grand Prix
4
1973 South African Grand Prix
4
1973 Spanish Grand Prix
1973 Belgian Grand Prix
12th 6
Ferrari 312B3 1973 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1973 Swedish Grand Prix
1973 French Grand Prix
7
1973 British Grand Prix
1973 Dutch Grand Prix
1973 German Grand Prix
1973 Austrian Grand Prix
7
1973 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1973 Canadian Grand Prix
15
1973 United States Grand Prix
16
1974 Formula One season Frank Williams Racing Cars Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW Cosworth V8 1974 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 South African Grand Prix
6
1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Swedish Grand Prix
DNS
1974 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1974 French Grand Prix
9
1974 British Grand Prix
Ret
1974 German Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 Italian Grand Prix
4
1974 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1974 United States Grand Prix
Ret
17th 4
1975 Formula One season Frank Williams Racing Cars Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW Cosworth V8 1975 Argentine Grand Prix
NC
1975 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1975 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1975 Monaco Grand Prix
DNQ
1975 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1975 Swedish Grand Prix
1975 Dutch Grand Prix
1975 French Grand Prix
1975 British Grand Prix
1975 German Grand Prix
1975 Austrian Grand Prix
NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW04 1975 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
Fittipaldi (constructor) Fittipaldi (constructor) Fittipaldi FD03 1975 Italian Grand Prix
11
1975 United States Grand Prix
1976 Formula One season March Engineering March Engineering March 761 Cosworth V8 1976 Brazilian Grand Prix
1976 South African Grand Prix
1976 United States Grand Prix West
DNQ
1976 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Monaco Grand Prix
DNQ
1976 Swedish Grand Prix
14
1976 French Grand Prix
9
1976 British Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
Walter Wolf Racing Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW05 1976 German Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Italian Grand Prix
DNS
1976 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1976 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1976 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Formula One season Merzario March Engineering March 761 Cosworth V8 1977 Argentine Grand Prix
1977 Brazilian Grand Prix
1977 South African Grand Prix
1977 United States Grand Prix West
1977 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1977 Monaco Grand Prix
DNQ
1977 Belgian Grand Prix
14
1977 Swedish Grand Prix
1977 French Grand Prix
Ret
1977 British Grand Prix
Ret
1977 German Grand Prix
DNQ
1977 Dutch Grand Prix
DNQ
1977 Italian Grand Prix
1977 United States Grand Prix
1977 Canadian Grand Prix
1977 Japanese Grand Prix
NC 0
Shadow Racing Cars Shadow Racing Cars Shadow DN8 1977 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Formula One season Merzario Merzario Merzario A1 Cosworth V8 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1978 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
1978 Monaco Grand Prix
DNPQ
1978 Belgian Grand Prix
DNPQ
1978 Spanish Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 Swedish Grand Prix
NC
1978 French Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 British Grand Prix
Ret
1978 German Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 Austrian Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1978 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Canadian Grand Prix
DNQ
NC 0
1979 Formula One season Merzario Merzario Merzario A1 Cosworth V8 1979 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 South African Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
NC 0
Merzario Merzario A2 1979 Spanish Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Belgian Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Monaco Grand Prix
1979 French Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 German Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Austrian Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Dutch Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Italian Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
DNQ
1979 United States Grand Prix
DNQ
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