Felice Bonetto (June 9, 1903 - November 21, 1953) was a courageous Italian racer who earned the nickname Il Pirata (The Pirate). He came to the attention of Italian racers in the 1930's and internationally in the 1940's, enjoying success at the Mille Miglia, and grand prix successes driving a Ferrari and a Cisitilia.

During his Formula 1 career, Il Pirata raced Italian cars, starting with a privateer Maserati team, then the factory Alfa Romeo team and finally with the factory Maserati team and achieved two shared podiums.

Bonetto's greatest successes were in sports cars, including a win at the Targa Florio in 1952, but sadly his career was cut short when he hit his head on the balcony of a house in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana.

Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

1948 Bonetto

1948, Felice Bonetto sideways in a Cisitilia

Felice Bonetto was a pre war Alfa Romeo driver but his career really took off post war, racing Cisitilia and Ferrari Grand Prix cars.

In 1949 Bonetto came second in the Naples GP and also took sports car success with second at the Mille Miglia. 


1950 4 Bonetto

Championship debut for Bonetto at Bremgarten

Felice Bonetto drove the 1950 season in his Maserati 4CLT/50 under his Scuderia Milano banner in which he contested the last three of the last four races of the season.

His World Championship debut was at the Swiss Grand Prix and Felice qualified 12th but managed to battle with the factory and Enrico Plate teams to a strong 5th, one place behind the experienced Prince Bira and a place ahead of Toulo de Graffenreid. This trio finished a lap ahead of factory Maserati's Nello Pagani and Louis Chiron to pick up 2 World Championship points.

Moving onto France, Il Pirata suffered engine problems on lap 14 and his final race of the season, with a special engine, Bonetto did not start.

The highlight of 1950 came when Il Pirata won the non-championship Oporto GP, and he continued his sportscar success by leading the Mille Miglia in an Alfa Romeo.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1950 Scuderia Milano Maserati 2 19th Report
1951 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 7 8th Report
1952 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 2 16th Report
1953 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 6.5 9th Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 16
Starts 16
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 1
Race Wins 0
Podiums 2
Fastest laps 0
Points 17.5
Laps Raced 725
Distance Raced 4819 km (2994 mi)
Races Led 1
Laps Led 1
Distance Led 5 km (3 mi)
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 2 19th
DNA 5th Ret DNS
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 7 8th
4th Ret 3rd 5th
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 2 16th
DSQ 5th
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 6.5 9th
Ret 3rd Ret 6th 4th 4th Ret

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols


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