Scuderia Centro Sud

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A Cooper-Maserati T51 in Scuderia Centro Sud's rosso corsa livery.

Scuderia Centro Sud was a privateer racing team founded in Modena by Guglielmo "Mimmo" Dei and active in Formula One and sports car racing between 1956 and 1965.

Dei had been an amateur driver in the 1930s. In the early 1950s he opened a Maserati dealership in Rome. Keen on maintaining a relationship with motorsport, in 1956 he founded his own team. The name "Centro Sud" refers to the parts of Italy where his adoptive and native cities are. (Modena and Rome).

Over the course of nine seasons, Scuderia Centro Sud entered a total of 49 World Championship rounds, with cars such as the Maserati 250F, various Maserati-powered Coopers and, in the 1960s, a BRM P57. After a very promising start (they scored their first points at their debut with Luigi Villoresi), Centro Sud went on to earn a further total of 24 points, mostly with Masten Gregory and Tony Maggs, but never won a race, with Gregory's third place at the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix as the team's best result.

Centro Sud was the only Italian racing team who took part in the Tasman races in Australia and New Zealand during the winter of 1961-1962.[1]

One of their most notable feats was to be the first team in the history of Formula One to run a female driver when Maria Teresa de Filippis qualified for the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1958.[2] Future 24 Hours of Le Mans (1963) and 24 Hours of Daytona (1967) winner Lorenzo Bandini made his Formula One debut with the team at the 1961 Belgian Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine(s) Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1956 Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 P ARG MON 500 BEL FRA GBR GER ITA
Italy Luigi Villoresi 5
United States Harry Schell Ret
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 7
Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Ret
1957 Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 P ARG MON 500 FRA GBR GER PES ITA
United States Harry Schell 4
Sweden Joakim Bonnier 7 Ret Ret
United States Masten Gregory 3 8 4 4
France André Simon DNQ
Germany Hans Herrmann Ret
Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso 9
1958 Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 P ARG MON NED 500 BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR
Sweden Joakim Bonnier DNA Ret
Italy Gerino Gerini DNQ 9 Ret Ret 12
France Maurice Trintignant 7
United States Masten Gregory Ret
Germany Wolfgang Seidel Ret Ret
United States Carroll Shelby Ret 9 Ret
United States Troy Ruttman 10 DNS
Germany Hans Herrmann Ret
United Kingdom Cliff Allison Ret
Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis Ret
1959 Cooper T51 Maserati Straight-4 D MON 500 NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA
United Kingdom Ian Burgess Ret Ret 6 14
United Kingdom Colin Davis Ret 11
Germany Hans Herrmann Ret
Portugal Mário de Araújo Cabral 10
Maserati 250F Maserati Straight-6 Uruguay Asdrúbal Fontes Bayardo DNQ
Brazil Fritz d'Orey 10 Ret
1960 Cooper T51 Maserati Straight-4 D ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA
Argentina Roberto Bonomi 11
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 4
United States Masten Gregory DNQ DNS 9 14 Ret
United Kingdom Ian Burgess DNQ 10 Ret Ret
France Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret 15
Portugal Mário de Araújo Cabral Ret
United States Alfonso Thiele Ret
Germany Wolfgang von Trips 9
1961 Cooper T53 Maserati Straight-4 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER ITA USA
Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ret 12 Ret 8
Cooper T51 Italy Massimo Natili Ret DNS
1963 BRM P57 BRM V8 D MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA
Italy Lorenzo Bandini 10 5 Ret
France Maurice Trintignant 9
Mexico Moisés Solana 11
Cooper T60 Climax V8 Portugal Mário de Araújo Cabral Ret DNQ
Cooper T53 Maserati Straight-4 Italy Ernesto Brambilla DNQ
1964 BRM P57 BRM V8 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX
South Africa Tony Maggs DNS DNS Ret 6 4
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti DNA 10 8 12 Ret 7 8
1965 BRM P57 BRM V8 D RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 12
United States Masten Gregory Ret 12 8 Ret
Italy Roberto Bussinello 12 DNQ
Italy Giorgio Bassi Ret

* Gregory and Shelby scored no points for their shared drive at the 1958 Italian Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lorenzo Bandini", The Times, May 11, 1967, Page 12.
  2. ^ "Maria Teresa de Filippis, first female Formula One driver, dies aged 89". 9 January 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2017 – via www.theguardian.com.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mimmo Dei, Dei ex Machina: La storia della Scuderia Centro-Sud, Milan, Fucina Editore, 2008. (IT)

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