Bruno Giacomelli

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Bruno Giacomelli
Born (1952-09-10) 10 September 1952 (age 62)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19771983, 1990
Teams McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Toleman, Life
Races 82 (69 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 14
Pole positions 1
Fastest laps 0
First race 1977 Italian Grand Prix
Last race 1990 Spanish Grand Prix

Bruno Giacomelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruno dʒakoˈmɛlli]; born September 10, 1952) is a former racing driver from Italy.

He won one of the two 1976 British Formula Three Championships and the 1978 Formula Two championship. He participated in 82 Formula One grands prix, debuting on September 11, 1977. He achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 14 championship points.

He was born at Poncarale, Brescia.

Formula Two and Formula Three[edit]

Giacomelli led from start to finish in a March-Toyota in the 1976 Monaco Grand Prix Formula Three support race. His average speed was 74.84 miles per hour.[1]

Giacomelli retired from the Formula Two Pau Grand Prix in May 1977, after his car made contact with one driven by Jacques Laffite. However he managed to score three F2 wins in 1977, at Vallelunga, Mugello and Donington Park and finished fifth in the championship.

Giacomelli dominated the following season, winning eight of the 12 races on his way to the title and beating runner up Marc Surer by 29 points. Giacomelli retained his Formula Two points lead with a third place finish in the Mugello Grand Prix at Florence, Italy, in May 1978. The race was won by Derek Daly in a Chevron Cars Ltd entry.[2] At the 1978 Grand Prix de Rouen Giacomelli solidified his lead in the Formula Two Championship. He drove a March to victory after starting from the pole.[3]

Formula One[edit]

Giacomelli made his first foray into F1 driving a handful of races for the McLaren team in 1977 and 1978, with a best finish of seventh in the 1978 British Grand Prix. After winning the European F2 title, he switched to Alfa Romeo for their return to building F1 cars in 1979. Alfa only entered their 177 and 179 cars in a handful of events that year, and Giacomelli could only achieve a best of 17th place in the 1979 French Grand Prix. However the following year the team looked more promising. Giacomelli earned a surprise 6th qualifying position for Alfa Romeo at Brands Hatch for the 1980 British Grand Prix.[4] Giacomelli posted a third place qualifying time for the 1980 Italian Grand Prix at Imola. Three of his six mechanics sustained injuries on the Friday before the race, when their helicopter crashed en route to the track.[5] He won the pole position for the 1980 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York in his Alfa Romeo. Giacomelli improved on his opening day time by 1.25 seconds, with a time of 1 minute 33.29 seconds over the 3.37 mile track.[6] However despite these flashes of speed the car was severely unreliable - Giacomelli only managed to finish three of the season's fourteen races, although two of his finishes were fifth places at the season-opening 1980 Argentine Grand Prix and the 1980 German Grand Prix, thus netting him four points and placing him 16th in the drivers' championship. In 1981 the car was somewhat more reliable, with Giacomelli being a classified finisher in eight of the season's 15 races - however he struggled to achieve good results until the end of the year, with a fourth and a third in the season-ending Canadian and Caesars Palace Grands Prix respectively - the latter was Giacomelli's only podium finish in F1, and he achieved his best ever championship finish by ending up 15th in the drivers' standings. For 1982 Alfa introduced their new Alfa Romeo 182 to replace the ageing 179, however the new chassis proved to be unreliable in the first half of the season. In the second half it was reliable enough to allow Giacomelli to finish all but two of the races, however the year only yielded one points finish for him with a fifth in Germany.Giacomelli was eliminated at the start of the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder when his Alfa Romeo collided with the two ATS cars of Eliseo Salazar and Manfred Winkelhock.[7] Alfa recruited Mauro Baldi to partner Andrea de Cesaris for the 1983 Formula One season and Giacomelli joined Toleman. Giacomelli was outperformed by his team-mate Derek Warwick, though he did manage to pick up a final F1 point at the 1983 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.

Seven years later, in 1990, Giacomelli returned to F1 with the Life outfit, taking over from Gary Brabham who left the team two races into the season. The car, saddled with an ineffectual and fragile W12 engine, struggled to get within 20 seconds of the pole time at many circuits and Giacomelli failed to even get out of pre-qualifying at any of the 12 Grands Prix he contested with the team. At the Italian Grand Prix the team reverted to a more conventional Judd V8 engine, but the car had not been adapted for the new engine and the team were unable to properly fit the engine cover,[8] leading to them pulling out of the event without completing a single lap. When Giacomelli was able to drive the Judd-powered car in Spain he found himself 18 seconds off the pace despite the new engine. With money in short supply and few hopes of improving their desperately uncompetitive package the team folded before the final two races of the season, ending Giacomelli's F1 career.

CART[edit]

He made 11 starts in CART in 1984 and 1985, 10 of which were for Patrick Racing. His best finish was a 5th place on the Meadowlands street course in 1985. He attempted but failed to qualify for the 1984 Indianapolis 500.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British B.R.D.C. Formula 3 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 Total Points
1976 March Racing SIL
3
SIL
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
1st 79

Complete British B.A.R.C. Formula 3 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Points
1976 March Racing THR
3
THR
3
ZOL
9
THR
RET
BRH
1
SIL
1
OUL
1
SIL
1
MAL
2
THR
1
SNE
3
THR
RET
2nd 71

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
1977 Scaini-AFMP-Euroracing with March GB March 772 Hart SIL
Ret
THR
Ret
HOC
Ret
NÜR
6
5th 32
March Racing Ltd March 772P BMW VAL
1
PAU
Ret
MUG
1
ROU
Ret
NOG
4
PER
7
MIS
Ret
EST
14
March 782 DON
1
1978 Polifac BMW Junior Team March 782 BMW THR
1
1st 82
March Racing Ltd HOC
1
NÜR
Ret
PAU
1
MUG
3
VAL
2
ROU
1
DON
Ret
NOG
1
PER
1
MIS
1
HOC
1

Complete BMW M1 Procar results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Points
1979 Osella ZOL
RET
MON
RET
DIJ
10
SIL
RET
HOC
8
ZEL
9
ZAN
MOZ
RET
NC 0

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1977 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA
Ret
USA CAN JPN NC 0
1978 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M26 Ford V8 ARG BRA RSA USW MON BEL
8
ESP SWE FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER AUT NED
Ret
ITA
14
USA CAN NC 0
1979 Autodelta Alfa Romeo 177 Alfa Romeo F12 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL
Ret
MON FRA
17
GBR GER AUT NED NC 0
Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo V12 ITA
Ret
CAN USA
Ret
1980 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179 Alfa Romeo V12 ARG
5
BRA
13
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
16th 4
1981 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179C Alfa Romeo V12 USW
Ret
BRA
NC
ARG
10
SMR
Ret
BEL
9
MON
Ret
ESP
10
FRA
15
GBR
Ret
GER
15
NED
Ret
ITA
8
CAN
4
CPL
3
15th 7
Alfa Romeo 179B Alfa Romeo V12 AUT
Ret
1982 Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 179D Alfa Romeo V12 RSA
11
22nd 2
Alfa Romeo 182 Alfa Romeo V12 BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
NED
11
GBR
7
FRA
9
GER
5
AUT
Ret
SUI
12
ITA
Ret
CPL
10
1983 Candy Toleman Motorsport Toleman TG183B Hart L4T BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
FRA
13
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
BEL
8
DET
9
CAN
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
13
ITA
7
EUR
6
RSA
Ret
19th 1
1990 Life Racing Engines Life F190 Life W12 USA BRA SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
NC 0
Judd V8 POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
JPN AUS

Complete World Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
1987 Pro-Team Imberti Maserati Biturbo MOZ
4
JAR
DNQ
DIJ
RET
NÜR
RET
SPA
RET
MAS
11
SIL
RET
PAN
NÜR
CAP
WEL
FUJ
30th 43


American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1984 Theodore Racing United States
LBH
Ret
United States
PHX1
DNQ
United States
INDY
DNQ
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
MEA
United States
CLE
United States
MIS1
United States
ROA
United States
POC
United States
MDO
Canada
SAN
United States
MIS2
United States
PHX2
33rd 5
Patrick Racing United States
LS
8
United States
LVG
1985 Patrick Racing United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
POR
Ret
United States
MEA
5
United States
CLE
10
United States
MIS1
United States
ROA
Ret
United States
POC
United States
MDO
6
Canada
SAN
16
United States
MIS2
United States
LS
6
United States
PHX
United States
MIA
Ret
19th 32

Complete World Endurance/World Sports Protype Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Points
1985 Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 956B MUG
MON
8
SIL
LMS
DUS
BUD
SPA
BRH
FUJ
MAL
NC 0
1986 Martini Racing Lancia LC2-85 MON
DNS
1986 Sponsor Gest Team Lancia LC2 SIL
DNS
LMS
NOR
RET
BRH
RET
JER
NÜR
DNS
NC 0
1986 Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 962C SPA
12
FUJ
4
44th 10
1987 Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 956B JAR
JER
MON
RET
SIL
LMS
BRH
NÜR
SPA
FUJ
NC 0
1987 Mussato Action Car Lancia LC2 NOR
RET
BRH
NÜR
SPA
FUJ
NC 0
1988 Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 956B JER
JER
MON
6
SIL
LMS
BRN
BRH
NÜR
10
SPA
DNS
FUJ
16
SAN
37th 20
1989 Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 956B SUZ
RET
DIJ
JER
1989 Mussato Action Car Lancia LC289 BRH
RET
NÜR
NC
DON
RET
SPA
RET
MEX
RET
NC 0
1990 Spice Engineering Spice SE90C SUZ
RET
MON
DSQ
SIL
3
SPA
DIJ
NÜR
DON
MNT
MEX
15 6

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1988 C1 10 Y Porsche 962CK6
Porsche Type-935 2,8L Turbo Flat-6
Germany Team Kenwood Kremer Racing Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Hideki Okada
370 9th 9th
1989 C1 10 Y Porsche 962CK6
Porsche Type-935 3,0L Turbo Flat-6
Germany Team Kenwood Kremer Racing Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Giovanni Lavaggi
303 21st

RET

13th

RET

1990 C1 44 G Porsche 962C
Porsche Type-935 3,0L Turbo Flat-6
United Kingdom Team Richard Lloyd Racing United Kingdom John Watson
Canada Allen Berg
335 11th 11th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auto Racing, Syracuse Herald Journal, May 30, 1976, Page 72.
  2. ^ Auto Racing, Syracuse Herald Journal, May 29, 1978, Page 21.
  3. ^ Sports Briefs, Syracuse Herald Journal, June 19, 1978, Page 25.
  4. ^ French teams dominate, Syracuse Herald Journal, July 13, 1980, Page 46.
  5. ^ Andretti May Drive for a New Team, Syracuse Post Standard, Page 15.
  6. ^ Formula Ones Go crazy at the Glen, Syracuse Herald-American, October 5, 1980, Page D13.
  7. ^ Watson Wins Grand Prix, Syracuse Post Standard, May 10, 1982, Page 25.
  8. ^ "Life - Profile". F1rejects.com. 2001-01-13. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Renzo Zorzi
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1976
Succeeded by
Didier Pironi
Preceded by
None
British Formula Three Championship
BRDC Series Champion

1976
Succeeded by
Stephen South
Preceded by
René Arnoux
European Formula Two
Champion

1978
Succeeded by
Marc Surer