Luigi Musso

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Luigi Musso
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1953 Formula One season-1958 Formula One season
TeamsFerrari, Maserati
Races25 (24 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins1
Podiums7
Career points44
Pole position0
Fastest lap1
First race1953 Italian Grand Prix
First win1956 Argentine Grand Prix
Last win1956 Argentine Grand Prix
Last race1958 French Grand Prix

Luigi Musso (28 July 1924 in Rome6 July 1958 at Reims-Gueux) was an Italian Racing driver.

Musso began his racing career driving Sports car racing before debuting on the Formula One circuit on 17 January 1954, driving a Maserati. In 1954 he won the Coppa Acerbo, a non-championship Formula One race. At Zandvoort, in the 1955 Dutch Grand Prix, Musso placed third in a Maserati.[1] At the end of the 1955 Formula 1 season he switched to Ferrari. He shared victory in the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix with Juan Manuel Fangio, however his season was cut short after a crash in a sports car race at Nürburgring.

Musso triumphed in a Ferrari 3500 in the City of Buenos Aires sports car race on 20 January 1957. He was the third driver of the car. Stirling Moss finished second in a light powered Maserati 3000. Moss made a last ditch effort for his team at the end but came up short. A second Ferrari 3500, driven by Eugenio Castellotti, came in third. The Ferrari team gained eight points toward the 1957 World Championship in the event.[2] The same year he won the Grand Prix de la Marne. Although the Marne was also not part of the Drivers' Championship, Musso nevertheless finished third in the overall standings for the season.

In 1958, he picked up two second place finishes in his first three races but was killed in an accident during the 1958 French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux, France. Musso's Ferrari hurtled off the course on the 10th lap of the 50 lap race.[3] He was thrown off the Reims' track at the tricky Muizone Curve while holding second place[4]

During his F1 career, Luigi Musso won one World Championship Grand Prix, achieved 7 podiums, and scored a total of 44 championship points.

Complete Formula One World Championship results


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

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1953 Formula One season Maserati Maserati Maserati A6 Maserati Straight-6 1953 Argentine Grand Prix
1953 Indianapolis 500
1953 Dutch Grand Prix
1953 Belgian Grand Prix
1953 French Grand Prix
1953 British Grand Prix
1953 German Grand Prix
1953 Swiss Grand Prix
1953 Italian Grand Prix
7 †
NC 0
1954 Formula One season Maserati Maserati
Maserati A6
Maserati Straight-6 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
DNS
1954 Indianapolis 500 1954 Belgian Grand Prix 1954 French Grand Prix 1954 British Grand Prix 1954 German Grand Prix 1954 Swiss Grand Prix 8th 6
Maserati Maserati 250F 1954 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1954 Spanish Grand Prix
2
1955 Formula One season Maserati Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
7 ‡
1955 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1955 Indianapolis 500 1955 Belgian Grand Prix
7
1955 Dutch Grand Prix
3
1955 British Grand Prix
5
1955 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
10th 6
1956 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Lancia in Formula One Lancia D50 Ferrari V8 1956 Argentine Grand Prix
1 *
1956 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1956 Indianapolis 500 1956 Belgian Grand Prix 1956 French Grand Prix 1956 British Grand Prix 1956 German Grand Prix
Ret
1956 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
11th 4
1957 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Lancia in Formula One Lancia D50 Ferrari V8 1957 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1957 Monaco Grand Prix 1957 Indianapolis 500 3rd 16
Ferrari Ferrari 801 F1 1957 French Grand Prix
2
1957 British Grand Prix
2
1957 German Grand Prix
4
1957 Pescara Grand Prix
Ret
1957 Italian Grand Prix
8
1958 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Dino 246 Ferrari V6 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
2
1958 Monaco Grand Prix
2
1958 Dutch Grand Prix
7
1958 Indianapolis 500 1958 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1958 French Grand Prix
Ret
1958 British Grand Prix 1958 British Grand Prix 1958 British Grand Prix 1958 British Grand Prix 1958 British Grand Prix 8th 12
† Indicates shared drive with Sergio Mantovani.
‡ Indicates shared drive with Sergio Mantovani and Harry Schell.
* Indicates shared drive with Juan Manuel Fangio.
Preceded by
Pat O'Connor (auto racer)
List of Formula One fatal accidents
6 July 1958
Succeeded by
Peter Collins

References


  1. Fangio Captures Dutch Grand Prix, Long Beach Independent, June 20, 1955, Page 15.
  2. Ferraris Nip Maserati, Lima, Ohio News, January 21, 1957, Page 19.
  3. Luigi Musso Is Killed In Race Crash, Fresno Bee Republican, July 7, 1958, Page19
  4. Hawthorn in Race Victory, Los Angeles Times, July 7, 1958, Page C4
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