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Minoia in 1931
|Born||2 June 1884|
|Died||28 June 1940(aged 56)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||1931 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1931 Belgian Grand Prix|
Ferdinando "Nando" Minoia (2 June 1884 – 28 June 1940) was an Italian racing driver with an exceptionally long, distinguished and varied career. In 1907, he won the Coppa Florio driving an Isotta-Fraschini. In 1923, he drove the world’s first mid-engine Grand Prix car, the Benz Tropfenwagen. In 1927, he won the inaugural Mille Miglia driving an OM. Finally, in 1931 he became the first ‘European Champion’, driving for Alfa Romeo, but without winning a single event.
Career notes and milestones
In 1907, he won the Coppa Florio and the 50,000 Lira prize at the Corse di Brescia driving an Isotta-Fraschini for 485.7 km (301.8 mi) in 4 hours 39 minutes.
At the 1923 Italian Grand Prix at Monza he finished fourth in the world’s first mid-engine Grand Prix car, the Benz Tropfenwagen, trailing behind the superior supercharged Fiats. Edmund Rumpler’s ground breaking design used a normally aspirated, 1991 cc, 6 cylinder, twin cam Benz engine delivering only 65 bhp (48 kW) which was mounted behind the driver in the ‘tear drop’ design. The car also featured swing axle independent rear suspension and inboard brakes.
In the 1926 German Grand Prix at the Avus, he set the fastest lap of 161 km/h (100 mph) in his 1.5-litre O.M., but failed to finish. The same year, he finished 5th in a Bugatti 39A at the Grand Prix of Europe at Circuito Lasarte.
In 1927, Minoia won the inaugural Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Morandi, leading an O.M. 123 at average of 48.27 mph (77.68 km/h) for 21 hours 4 minutes 48 seconds. That year, he finished 4th at the Italian Grand Prix in an O.M. 865 and raced a Bugatti 35C at the Targa Florio.
In 1931, the A.I.A.C.R. introduced a European Championship for drivers, that was nominally contested over the three 10-hour Grands Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, and Belgian Grand Prix. He accrued sufficient points to become champion without winning a race, narrowly beating his Alfa Romeo teammate Giuseppe Campari, who had jointly won the Italian Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari driving the Alfa Romeo Monza. Minoia shared second place in the Italian Grand Prix and shared 6th place in the French Grand Prix driving an Alfa-Romeo 8C-2300. He then finished joint 3rd in the Belgian Grand Prix having changed to the Alfa-Romeo 6C-1750.
Complete European Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1931||Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo||ITA
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