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.

He entered three Grand Prix between 1962 and 1963, but made no starts. He later became the director of a private clinic.

Career[edit | edit source]

Pre Formula 1[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

1962[edit | edit source]

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.

1963[edit | edit source]

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 Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1962 Italy Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia Lotus-Climax 0 NC Report
1963 Italy Count Volpi Porsche 0 NC Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 3
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts Pos
1962 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 0 NC
1963 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico 1934-1968.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 0 NC

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
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

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1962 Teams and Drivers
Teams BrabhamBRMCooperDe TomasoEmerysonENBFerrariGilbyLDSLolaLotusPorsche
Engines Alfa RomeoBRMClimaxDe TomasoFerrariMaseratiOSCAPorsche
Non-Works Entrants Anglo-American EquipeAutosport Team Wolfgang SeidelBernard CollombBowmaker-Yeoman Racing TeamDupont Team ZerexEcurie ExcelsiorEcurie FilipinettiEcurie GalloiseEcurie MaarsbergenEcurie Nationale SuisseErnie PieterseGerry AshmoreHap SharpJim HallJohn DaltonJohn LoveJohn MecomMike HarrisNeville LederleOtelle NucciR.R.C. Walker Racing TeamR.R.C. Walker Racing TeamScuderia Jolly ClubScuderia SSS Republica di VeneziaScuderia SettecolliUDT Laystall Racing Team
Drivers AshmoreBaghettiBandiniBianchiBonnierBrabhamBurgessCampbell-JonesChamberlainClarkCollombEstéfanoGintherGodin de BeaufortGreeneGregoryGurneyHallHarrisG. HillP. HillIrelandJohnstoneLederleLewisLippiLoveMaggsMairesseMayerMcLarenPenskePietersePonPrinothRodríguezSalvadoriSchillerSeidelSeiffertSerrurierSettemberSharpSiffertSurteesTaylorTrintignantVaccarellaWalter
1963 Teams and Drivers
Teams Alfa RomeoATSBrabhamBRPCooperDe TomasoFerrariGilbyLDSLolaLotusPorscheSciroccoStebro
Engines Alfa RomeoATSBorgwardBRMClimaxFerrariFordMaseratiPorsche
Non-Works Entrants André PiletteBernard CollombDavid ProphetEcurie FilipinettiEcurie MaarsbergenFrank DochnalIan Raby RacingJohn LoveKurt KuhnkeLawson OrganisationOtelle NucciReg Parnell RacingRRC Walker Racing TeamSam TingleScuderia Centro SudScuderia LupiniScuderia SettecolliSelby Auto SparesSiffert Racing TeamTed LanfearTim Parnell
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