4 June 1921|
|Died||27 February 1960
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First race||1960 Argentine Grand Prix|
|Last race||1960 Argentine Grand Prix|
He became a popular gentleman racing driver and competed with success in many local races in Venezuela. He raced in the Venezuelan Grand Prix held in Los Proceres, Caracas. His success and skill in car racing, gave him the enthusiasm for keep going forward, and he started an international professional promotion, racing sport cars and one-seater cars.
He participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix on 7 February 1960, in his Maserati 250F (a car he owned, previously raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and Francisco Godia, prepared in Venezuela and sold to an Italian buyer sometime after his death) failing to finish the race having experienced electrical problems. He scored no championship points, but he wished to keep going in the Formula One calendar that year.
Two weeks later, while practicing for the Gran Premio Libertad sports car race at the Camp Freedom military airfield on the edge of Havana, his Ferrari 250TR crashed through barriers and plunged 150 feet into a ravine. Chimeri was flown to hospital, where he died later that day.
Chimeri was the first Venezuelan driver entered into a Formula One Grand Prix, and the local interest in him and his sporting career has kept his memory alive. In 2004 some local motorwriters gave him enough votes to take a place in the "Salón de la Fama del Automovilismo Venezolano" organized by the local motor press writers organization FUNDAUTO.
Complete World Championship Formula One results
|1959||Ettore Chimeri||Maserati 250F||Maserati Straight-6||MON
|1960||Ettore Chimeri||Maserati 250F||Maserati Straight-6||ARG