14 July 1907|
São Paulo, Brazil
7 June 1989 (aged 81)|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1951 – 1953, 1956|
|Teams||Maserati inc. as privateer; privateer Ferrari|
|First entry||1951 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1956 Argentine Grand Prix|
Francisco Sacco Landi (July 14, 1907 – June 7, 1989), better known as Chico, was a racing driver from São Paulo, Brazil. He participated in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on September 16, 1951. He scored a total of 1.5 championship points, awarded for his fourth-place finish in the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix, a drive he shared with Gerino Gerini.
Landi came from a modest middleclass family, and got into racing through owning a garage. Along with wealthy diplomat's son Manuel de Teffé he popularized motor racing in Brazil in the late mid-thirties. Landi had left school at eleven to work as a mechanic, and later began illegal street racing at nights, where he had frequent run-ins with the police. In 1934 he made his racing debut, at the second Rio Grand Prix in 1934. He led until eight laps from the finish, when his engine gave out. He was the most popular Brazilian driver of his time, as many considered Teffé a wealthy expat rather than an actual Brazilian, as he had started his racing career while living in Italy. Irineu Corrêa, who ended up winning the 1934 Rio Grand Prix, died in a crash on the first lap of next year, leaving Landi as the undisputed master of pre-war racing in Brazil. Landi went abroad in 1938, finishing eighth at Bern in what is generally considered the first Brazilian Grand Prix entry (Teffé had raced abroad earlier but is generally thought of as an Italian with Brazilian parents). Landi's first Brazilian GP victory came at the 1941 Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix.
Landi was the first Brazilian driver to win a Grand Prix race, taking a Ferrari to victory at the Bari Grand Prix in 1948, run that year to Formula Two regulations. He also finished second in the 1952 (non-championship) Albi Grand Prix in a Ferrari 375.
Landi also won the 1960 Mil Milhas Brasil in a Alfa Romeo JK 2000, together with Christian "Bino" Heins. This was the first time that a Brazilian-made car won this prestigious race, rather than an American-based "Carretera" special.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1951||Escuderia Bandeirantes||Maserati 4CLT/48||Maserati Straight-4||SUI||500||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER
|Francisco Landi||Ferrari 375/50||Ferrari V12||ITA
|1952||Escuderia Bandeirantes||Maserati A6GCM||Maserati Straight-6||SUI||500||BEL||FRA
|1953||Escuderia Bandeirantes||Maserati A6GCM||Maserati Straight-6||ARG||500||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||SUI
|1956||Officine Alfieri Maserati||Maserati 250F||Maserati Straight-6||ARG
- * Indicates Shared Drive
- Wolfe, Joel (2010), Autos and Progress: The Brazilian search for Modernity, New York City: Oxford UP, pp. 99–100, ISBN 978-0-19-517456-4
- Wolfe, p. 101
- Wolfe, p. 231 (footnote)
- Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness Publishing. p. 218. ISBN 0851127029.
- Serapicos, Mário (1983-02-11). Kfouri, Juca, ed. "Uma tradição de 27 anos" [A 27-year tradition]. Placar (in Portuguese). Editora Abril (664): 64.
| Winner of the Mil Milhas Brasil
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