Clemente Biondetti

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Clemente Biondetti
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 Formula One season
Teamsprivateer Ferrari
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points0
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1950 Italian Grand Prix
Last race1950 Italian Grand Prix

Clemente Biondetti (August 18, 1898 - February 24, 1955) was an Italy Auto racing driver.



Born in Buddusò, Sardinia, into a working class family, Biondetti began racing motorcycles in 1923 but in 1927 turned to automobiles. By 1931 his performance earned him a spot in Grand Prix motor racing with the Maserati factory team.

His success racing on circuits was minimal, but he was one of the best in tough endurance events. Driving an Alfa Romeo in motorsport Alfa Romeo 8C, Clemente Biondetti won the 1938 Mille Miglia for Sports car and at the Coppa Ciano finished second in the voiturette class then third in the main event. In 1939, he won the Coppa Acerbo voiturette class and took second place at the Swiss Grand Prix. His racing career came to a halt following the outbreak of World War II in 1940. By the time he was able to resume racing after the war, he was already 49 years old. Nevertheless, he dominated Italian endurance racing, driving to victory in the Mille Miglia for three straight years from 1947 through 1949 and the Targa Florio in 1948 and 1949. He won more Mille Miglias than any other driver in history.

Clemente Biondetti participated in one Formula one World Championship event, the 1950 Italian Grand Prix. Driving a self-built Ferrari-Jaguar (car) hybrid car, engine problems forced him out of the race thus he failed to score any championship points. Biondetti loved racing cars and continued to compete in sports car and endurance events, earning a second place finish in a Ferrari at the 12 Hours of Pescara in 1952 against much younger drivers. After suffering from Cancer for a number of years, he was forced to retire in 1954. He died in Florence early the following year at 57 years old.

Major victories

  • Coppa Acerbo 1939
  • Mille Miglia 1938, 1947, 1948, 1949
  • Targa Florio 1948, 1949

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 WDC Points
1950 Formula One season Clemente Biondetti Ferrari 166S Jaguar (car) Straight-6 1950 British Grand Prix
1950 Monaco Grand Prix
1950 Indianapolis 500
1950 Swiss Grand Prix
1950 Belgian Grand Prix
1950 French Grand Prix
1950 Italian Grand Prix
NC 0

Complete European Championship results

(EC driver results legend) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Team 1 2 3 4 5 EDC Points
1931 Grand Prix season Maserati Maserati 1931 Italian Grand Prix
1931 French Grand Prix
1931 Belgian Grand Prix
23= 19
1936 Grand Prix season Scuderia Maremmana Maserati 1936 Monaco Grand Prix
1936 German Grand Prix
1936 Swiss Grand Prix
1936 Italian Grand Prix
25 29
1937 Grand Prix season Scuderia Maremmana Maserati 1937 Belgian Grand Prix
1937 German Grand Prix
1937 Monaco Grand Prix
1937 Swiss Grand Prix
15= 34
Private entry Alfa Romeo in motorsport 1937 Italian Grand Prix
1938 Grand Prix season Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo in motorsport 1938 French Grand Prix
1938 German Grand Prix
1938 Swiss Grand Prix
1938 Italian Grand Prix
13 27
1939 Grand Prix season Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo in motorsport 1939 Belgian Grand Prix
1939 French Grand Prix
1939 German Grand Prix
1939 Swiss Grand Prix
16= 28
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