Luigi Platé

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Luigi "Gigi" Platé (3 September 1894 – 16 December 1975)[1][2] was an Italian racing driver.


Platé made his Grand Prix debut in the 1925 Italian Grand Prix,[3] driving a voiturette class Chiribiri 12/16, but retired on lap 13 due to mechanical failure. Platé also entered in some non-official/non-championship races in the 1920s and 1930s.

Platé also made an unsuccessful Formula One entry in 1950 Italian Grand Prix, to driver a Talbot 700, but he didn't appear in the race weekend.[4] He could have become the second oldest driver to enter a Grand Prix if he did (at the age of 56. The record is currently held by Louis Chiron, who entered in 1958 Monaco Grand Prix at age 58 years and 288 days.)

Luigi Platé and Enrico Platé (a younger cousin) had an interesting collection of cars over the years and had a racing team (Scuderia Platé) that ran quite a variety of cars somewhat sporadically.[5]

Formula One World 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 WDC Points
1950 Enrico Platé Talbot-Lago 700 Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 GBR
NC 0