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Alfonso Antonio Vicente Eduardo Angel Blas Francisco de Borja Cabeza de Vaca y Leighton, Marquis of Portago, known as Alfonso de Portago (born 11 October 1928 in Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom – died 12 May 1957 in Cavriana, MN, Lombardy, Italy) was a British-born Spanish racing driver, and sportsman. He competed in five World Championship Formula One races for Ferrari in the mid-1950s, a shared podium being his best result.

De Portago began his racing career in 1953, with Luigi Chinetti, and was winning sportscar races by 1954. He competed in five non-championship F1 races in 1955 before competing in his World Championship race in 1956, the French Grand Prix, retiring with a gearbox problem. He scored his first podium at the next race, the British Grand Prix, in a shared drive with Peter Collins, as the car crossed the line second. 1957 saw him compete in one race, the Argentine Grand Prix, where he finished fifth in a shared drive with José Froilán González, scoring one point.

Outside of motor racing, he was an international polo player, rode twice in the Aintree Grand National Steeplechase, and was even a bobsleigh runner, competing in the Winter Olympics in 1956 but missed out on a medal, classifying fourth. Additionally, he spoke four languages, was a millionaire (by descent), a playboy, a nobleman and heir to one of the most respected titles in Spain.

He was killed in a accident at the 1957 Mille Miglia, after a tyre blew on his Ferrari. The resulting crash also killed co-driver Edmund Nelson and nine spectators, including five children. Largely because of this accident, the Mille Miglia was discontinued after that year.

Formula One Career[]

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1955 Private Ferrari Non-championship races only
1956 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 3 15th Report
1957 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 1 21st

Career Statistics[]

Entries 5
Starts 5
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 4
Laps Raced 167
Distance Raced 1032 km (641 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Pos
1956 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg 3 15th
Ret 2nd Ret Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Abruzzo bandiera.svg Flag of Italy.svg 1 21st
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
P Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols



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