Giancarlo Baghetti

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Giancarlo Baghetti
FIA Super Licence Flag of Italy Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1961 Formula One season - 1967 Formula One season
TeamsFerrari, Automobili Turismo e Sport, Scuderia Centro Sud, Brabham, Reg Parnell, Team Lotus
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points14
Pole position0
Fastest lap1
First race1961 French Grand Prix
First win1961 French Grand Prix
Last win1961 French Grand Prix
Last race1967 Italian Grand Prix

Giancarlo Baghetti (December 25 1934 in Milan, ItalyNovember 27 1995) was a Formula One driver who raced for the Ferrari, Automobili Turismo e Sport (Ita), BRM, Brabham and Team Lotus teams. He was the son of a wealthy Milan industrialist.[1]

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).


Formula 1 career

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 246 Dino 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 1961 Syracuse Grand Prix, the first major event run under the new 1.5 litre championship regulations, and against a strong field Baghetti qualified 2nd and won in the only Ferrari, with the British teams and Porsche 718 Flat-4 unable to compete with the Ferrari Dino's V6 engine. He then used the same car to win at the 1961 Naples Grand Prix a few weeks later.

Team FISA then acquired a new Ferrari 156 for the 1961 French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux, entering Baghetti for this World Championship event. Once Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther and Phil Hill had all retired their works 156 cars, 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 yards (91.4 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 1954 to win a Formula 1 World Championship event.[2]

He would enter 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 would also win the poorly-attended 1961 Coppa Italia race at Vallelunga circuit in a Porsche 718.

He was promoted to the works Ferrari line-up for 1962, but took just two Championship placings - 4th at the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix, and 5th at the 1962 Italian Grand Prix, as Ferrari was outclassed by the British teams. Baghetti would take 2nd in the non-Championship 1962 Mediterranean Grand Prix. He would be involved in the disastrous Automobili Turismo e Sport 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 7th at the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix. His Grand Prix career would then be virtually over, though he would have three more one-off drives, all at the Italian Grand Prix - a works Brabham in 1965, a Reg Parnell-entered Ferrari in 1966, and a works Team Lotus in 1967, when he would have scored a point but for a blown engine.

Post F1 racing

He achieved some success in the European Touring Car Championship with Alfa Romeo in motorsport 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 "Autodromo Nazionale Monza Lottery". Boley Pittard of England was burned severely when one of his Lola Racing Cars 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)[3] In June 1968 Baghetti was in a huge pileup on the 23rd lap of a Formula Two race at Monza. He was driving a Dino.[4]

He became a journalist and photographer in motorsport and fashion.

Death and legacy

Giancarlo Baghetti died of cancer in 1995.

While his ultimate level of talent is still debated, Baghetti's Championship debut win has secured him a footnote in Formula One history. On the one hand, he won his first three F1 races, starting with two non-championship Grand Prix races in Italy, no mean feat for any driver even in superior machinery; on the other, his results both before and after this were unimpressive.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1961 Formula One season Federazione Italiana Scuderie Automobilistiche Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
1961 Dutch Grand Prix
1961 Belgian Grand Prix
1961 French Grand Prix
9th 9
Scuderia Sant Ambroeus 1961 British Grand Prix
1961 German Grand Prix
1961 Italian Grand Prix
1961 United States Grand Prix
1962 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 1962 Dutch Grand Prix
1962 Monaco Grand Prix
1962 Belgian Grand Prix
1962 French Grand Prix
1962 British Grand Prix
1962 German Grand Prix
1962 Italian Grand Prix
1962 United States Grand Prix
1962 South African Grand Prix
11th 5
1963 Formula One season Automobili Turismo e Sport Automobili Turismo e Sport ATS 100 Automobili Turismo e Sport V8 1963 Monaco Grand Prix
1963 Belgian Grand Prix
1963 Dutch Grand Prix
1963 French Grand Prix
1963 British Grand Prix
1963 German Grand Prix
1963 Italian Grand Prix
1963 United States Grand Prix
1963 Mexican Grand Prix
1963 South African Grand Prix
NC 0
1964 Formula One season Scuderia Centro Sud BRM BRM P57 BRM V8 1964 Monaco Grand Prix
1964 Dutch Grand Prix
1964 Belgian Grand Prix
1964 French Grand Prix
1964 British Grand Prix
1964 German Grand Prix
1964 Austrian Grand Prix
1964 Italian Grand Prix
1964 United States Grand Prix
1964 Mexican Grand Prix
NC 0
1965 Formula One season Brabham Brabham Brabham BT7 Coventry Climax V8 1965 South African Grand Prix
1965 Monaco Grand Prix
1965 Belgian Grand Prix
1965 French Grand Prix
1965 British Grand Prix
1965 Dutch Grand Prix
1965 German Grand Prix
1965 Italian Grand Prix
1965 United States Grand Prix
1965 Mexican Grand Prix
NC 0
1966 Formula One season Reg Parnell Racing Ltd Ferrari Dino 246 Ferrari V6 1966 Monaco Grand Prix
1966 Belgian Grand Prix
1966 French Grand Prix
1966 British Grand Prix
1966 Dutch Grand Prix
1966 German Grand Prix
1966 Italian Grand Prix
1966 United States Grand Prix
1966 Mexican Grand Prix
NC 0
1967 Formula One season Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 49 Cosworth V8 1967 South African Grand Prix
1967 Monaco Grand Prix
1967 Dutch Grand Prix
1967 Belgian Grand Prix
1967 French Grand Prix
1967 British Grand Prix
1967 German Grand Prix
1967 Canadian Grand Prix
1967 Italian Grand Prix
1967 United States Grand Prix
1967 Mexican Grand Prix
NC 0


(F1 driver results legend 3) (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 Federazione Italiana Scuderie Automobilistiche Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 1961 Lombank Trophy 1961 Glover Trophy 1961 Pau Grand Prix 1961 Brussels Grand Prix 1961 Vienna Grand Prix 1961 Aintree 200 1961 Syracuse Grand Prix
1961 Naples Grand Prix
1961 London Trophy 1961 Silver City Trophy 1961 Solitude Grand Prix 1961 Kanonloppet 1961 Danish Grand Prix 1961 Modena Grand Prix 1961 Flugplatzrennen 1961 International Gold Cup 1961 Lewis-Evans Trophy
Scuderia Sant Ambroeus Porsche in Formula One Porsche 718 Porsche in Formula One Flat-4 1961 Coppa Italia
1961 Rand Grand Prix 1961 Natal Grand Prix 1961 South African Grand Prix
1962 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 1962 Cape Grand Prix 1962 Brussels Grand Prix 1962 Lombank Trophy 1962 Lavant Cup 1962 Glover Trophy 1962 Pau Grand Prix 1962 Aintree 200
1962 BRDC International Trophy 1962 Naples Grand Prix 1962 International 2000 Guineas 1962 Crystal Palace Trophy 1962 Reims Grand Prix
1962 Solitude Grand Prix 1962 Kanonloppet 1962 Mediterranean Grand Prix
1962 Danish Grand Prix 1962 International Gold Cup 1962 Mexican Grand Prix 1962 Rand Grand Prix 1962 Natal Grand Prix
1963 Ecurie Filipinetti Team Lotus Lotus 21 Coventry Climax Straight-4 1963 Lombank Trophy 1963 Glover Trophy 1963 Pau Grand Prix 1963 Imola Grand Prix
1963 Syracuse Grand Prix 1963 Aintree 200 1963 BRDC International Trophy 1963 Rome Grand Prix 1963 Solitude Grand Prix 1963 Kanonloppet 1963 Mediterranean Grand Prix 1963 Austrian Grand Prix 1963 International Gold Cup 1963 Rand Grand Prix
1964 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM BRM P57 BRM V8 1964 Daily Mirror Trophy
1964 News of the World Trophy
1964 Syracuse Grand Prix
1964 Aintree 200
1964 BRDC International Trophy
1964 Solitude Grand Prix 1964 Mediterranean Grand Prix 1964 Rand Grand Prix
1965 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM BRM P57 BRM V8 1965 Race of Champions 1965 Syracuse Grand Prix 1965 Sunday Mirror Trophy 1965 BRDC International Trophy 1965 Mediterranean Grand Prix
1965 Rand Grand Prix
1966 Anglo-Suisse Racing Team Team Lotus Lotus 33 BRM 1966 South African Grand Prix 1966 Syracuse Grand Prix
1966 BRDC International Trophy 1966 International Gold Cup


  1. Baghetti Of Italy Takes Auto Race, New York Times, July 3, 1961, Page 11.
  2. Baghetti Of Italy Takes Auto Race, New York Times, July 3, 1961, Page 11.
  3. Driver Is Badly Burned as Flames Engulf Car at Start of Monza Race, New York Times, June 5, 1967, Page 56.
  4. Briton Takes Flag At Monza, European Stars and Stripes (newspaper), June 25, 1968, Page 19.
Preceded by
Ed Swart
European Touring Car Championship champion (Div.1)
Succeeded by
Willi Kauhsen
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