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Luigi Fagioli (FADGE-ee-oh-lee; born June 9, 1898 in Osimo, Ancona, Marche, Italy – died June 20, 1952 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco) was an Italian Grand Prix racer who raced in Formula One in the latter stages of his career.

Before Formula 1 World Championship[]

Fagioli enjoyed great success in hill climbing and sports car racing prior to his grand prix debut in 1926 and by 1930 this success had lead him to the factory Maserati team.

Fagioli was a regular winner throughout this period for the factory Maserati and Alfa Romeo teams. He famously went head to head with the nimble Bugatti Type 35 of Louis Chiron around the streets of Monaco during the 1931 GP in what was one of motor racings greatest battles.

A supremely confident driver with a fiery temper, Fagioli often retaliated against other drivers on and off the track. Nevertheless, he was employed as a factory driver for Mercedes in 1934 and partnered up with chief mechanic Hermann Lang.

The move proved successful winning the Italian and Spanish GP’s but even in his very first race for Mercedes a furious Fagioli abandoned his car, after having been given team orders by team manager Alfred Neubauer to stay behind.

Fagioli races around Monaco for Mercedes in 1935

For 1935 Fagioli was upgraded to the new Mercedes and won amongst others the Monaco GP but his relationship with team mates worsened in particular, with Rudolf Caracciola who he regularly tried to overtake against team orders.

In 1937 he left Mercedes and joined the Auto Union team where his rivalry with Caracciola escalated, culminating at the Tripoli GP when Fagioli physically attacked his former team mate with a wheel spanner.

At the age of 52, Fagioli signed again for Alfa Romeo for the start of the 1950 World Championship.

Formula One Career[]

1950[]

For 1950, Fagioli joined the Alfa Romeo as one of their three star drivers, the others being Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio

Farina leads Fagioli at the British GP

The season started well at Silverstone with Fagioli tearing off in pursuit of teammate Farina and the two swapped positions several times but the race victor was to be his younger teammate. On to Monaco and Fagioli was the slower of the three Alfa's and started on the second row. When the cars arrived at Tabac they found the track had been flooded by a tidal wave. Fangio leading made it through the corner ok but Farina spun from second and was rammed by Gonzalez who was rammed by Fagioli. In all 10 cars retired in this incident.

By Bremgarten it was clear that Fagioli had not got the pace of Farina and Fangio but a solid second was a good result which was backed up with a fighting second at Spa, this time behind Fangio.

In France Fagioli again finished second to Fangio, a little more distant behind but entered the final race of the season second in the championship as he consistently picked up points and did not break the car.

At the Italian GP Farina set off at a tremendous place winning the race, Fangio retired twice and Fagioli again brought the car home on the podium finishing third. Farina won the championship, and Fangio came second, both team mates taking three wins.

Fagioli, at the age of 52, remained in the championship hunt all season and impressively took four second places and a third place to come third in the championship as the system used back them included drop scores.

1951[]

Fagioli then turned to sports cars, but came back for the 1951 French Grand Prix, his last F1 race. He won jointly with Fangio, as the pair swapped cars after Fangio suffered a series of problems. Fagioli finished 22 laps behind his team mate in 11th.

Fagioli died in 1952, after succumbing to internal injuries sustained in a practice crash for a touring car race at Monte-Carlo.


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One and Grand Prix Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1930 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati No Grand Prix Championship
1931 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 22 46th Report
1932 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 18 7th Report
1933 Officine Alfieri Maserati Alfa Romeo No Grand Prix Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
1934 Daimler Benz AG Mercedes-Benz No Grand Prix Championship
1935 Daimler Benz AG Mercedes-Benz 17 2nd Report
1936 Daimler Benz AG Mercedes-Benz 26 14th Report
1937 Auto Union Auto Union 36 20th Report
19381949: Did Not Compete
1950 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 24 (28) 3rd Report
1951 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 4 11th Report
  • Includes results from the AIACR European Championship and Grand Prix seasons predecessed the Formula One World Championship in 1950

Career Statistics[]

Entries 7
Starts 7
Shared drives 2
Pole positions 0
Front Row Starts 4
Victories 1
Podia 6
Fastest laps 0
Points 28 (32)
Laps raced 351
kms raced 2598.574
Races led 2
Laps led 8
kms led 49.294

Race Wins[]

No. Race
1 1951 French Grand Prix

Non-Championship Wins[]

No. Race
1 1930 Coppa Ciano
2 1931 Monza Grand Prix
3 1932 Rome Grand Prix
4 1933 Italian Grand Prix
5 1933 Coppa Acerbo
6 1933 Comminges Grand Prix
7 1934 Coppa Acerbo
8 1934 Italian Grand Prix
9 1934 Spanish Grand Prix
10 1935 Monaco Grand Prix
11 1935 Penya Rhin Grand Prix

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Italy.svg 24 (28) 3rd
2nd Ret 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd
1951 Flag of Switzerland.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 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 4 11th
1st[1]
11th


Key
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

Notes[]

  1. Two shared drives with Juan Manuel Fangio

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