Carlo Maria Abate (born 10 July 1932, in Turin), is an Italian former auto racing driver. He was one of the best Ferrari 250 GTO specialists. Abate preferred to be addressed as "Carlo Mario Abate" instead of his christened name. When listed by surname, Abate is alphabetically the first Formula 1 driver.
Pre Formula 1 Edit
He began racing in 1955, rallying at the wheel of a Fiat 1100. He later turned to Touring Cars with decent success, winning the 1959 Italian GT Championship and the prestigous Mille Miglia race later that year.
Formula 1 Edit
In 1962, he first tried his hand at Formula 1 racing, for the Scuderia Republica di Venezia team. He was entered into two championship races, the French Grand Prix at Rouen in a Lotus 18 and the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in a Lotus 18/21, on both occasions powered by Climax engines. He would eventually withdraw from and not compete in these races.
Abate met more success in non-championship rounds, where he drove a Porsche 718, apart from in the Reims Grand Prix, where he drove a Lotus 18. He was fourth in the Naples Grand Prix and retired from the Reims Grand Prix. His best result of the year would be scored at the Mediterranean Grand Prix at Enna Pergusa, where he finished third behind the works Ferrari cars.
He mostly focused on touring cars in 1963, winning that years Targa Florio and the Reims Grand Prix, which was changed to a sports car race that year. He did however make some appearances in Formula 1, mostly in non-championship races.
He was entered into the Italian Grand Prix by Count Volpi in a Porsche 718, but withdrew. This would be his final entry into a championship round. He also entered the Mediterranean Grand Prix for Volpi, finishing 8th. He competed in a further two non-championship races for Scuderia Centro Sud, in a Cooper-Climax T51, his best result being third in the Syracuse Grand Prix.
Carlo called it quits at the end of the season, ending his career to start a private clinic.
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1962||Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia||Lotus-Climax||0||NC||Report|
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
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