Cesare Perdisa

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Cesare Perdisa
FIA Super Licence Flag of Italy Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1955 Formula One season1957 Formula One season
TeamsMaserati, Ferrari
Races8 (7 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points5
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1955 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race1957 Argentine Grand Prix

Cesare Perdisa, October 21, 1932May 10, 1998 (age 65)[1], was a Racing driver from Bologna, Italy[1]. He participated in 8 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on May 22, 1955. He achieved 2 podiums, and scored a total of 5 championship points.

Perdisa was the son of a wealthy publisher.[2]

Perdisa often shared drives with his team-mates, for example on the 11th lap of the 1956 Belgian Grand Prix, Stirling Moss lost the right rear wheel of his Maserati, though he avoided an accident. Moss brought his car to a stop and ran a quarter of a mile back to the pits. There he took over in Perdisa's Maserati, which he piloted to the finish.[3]

In March 1957 Perdisa withdrew from the upcoming 12 Hours of Sebring after the death of his team-mate Eugenio Castellotti. Castellotti died at the Modena Autodrome when he crashed a Ferrari he was testing for the Sebring event. He said he was giving up racing for some time because of a mental shock he experienced when Castellotti died two days earlier.[4] Perdisa was Castellotti's closest friend.[5]

In September 1957, Perdisa transported Juan Manuel Fangio and his wife, Andrea, to a Bologna, Italy hospital. The couple had been thrown from their 2.5 litre Lancia Aurelia while trying to avoid a truck entering the highway. Travelling at close to 100 mph, Fangio's car had smashed into a utility pole, though luckily Fangio and Andrea only sustained bruises.[6]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1955 Formula One season Maserati Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
1955 Monaco Grand Prix
3 *
1955 Indianapolis 500
1955 Belgian Grand Prix
1955 Dutch Grand Prix
1955 British Grand Prix
1955 Italian Grand Prix
18th 2
1956 Formula One season Maserati Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 1956 Argentine Grand Prix
1956 Monaco Grand Prix
1956 Indianapolis 500
1956 Belgian Grand Prix
3 †
1956 French Grand Prix
5 †
1956 British Grand Prix
1956 German Grand Prix
1956 Italian Grand Prix
16th 3
1957 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Lancia in Formula One Lancia D50 Ferrari V8 1957 Argentine Grand Prix
6 ‡
1957 Monaco Grand Prix
1957 Indianapolis 500
1957 French Grand Prix
1957 British Grand Prix
1957 German Grand Prix
1957 Pescara Grand Prix
1957 Italian Grand Prix
NC 0
* Indicates shared drive with Jean Behra
† Indicates shared drive with Stirling Moss
‡ Indicates shared drive with Peter Collins and Wolfgang von Trips


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. http://www.oldracingcars.com/bydriver/watn.asp?letter=P. Retrieved on 2007-07-29. 
  2. Italian Out Of Race, New York Times, March 17, 1957, Page S4.
  3. Collins Auto First In Belgian Contest, New York Times, June 4, 1956, Page 34.
  4. Italian Out Of Race, New York Times, March 17, 1957, Page S4.
  5. Motor Car Sports, New York Times, March 20, 1957, Page 44.
  6. Fangio In Smash-Up, New York Times, September 22, 1957, Page 215.
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