Chico Landi

Full Name:
Francesco Sacco Landi
Born:
14th July 1907
Sao Paulo
Died:
7th June 1989 (Aged 81)
Sao Paulo
Nationality:
Brazilian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Brazil’s original Formula 1 driver made his championship debut in 1951 and his European career was just part of a life in the sport.

Early racing career

He had raced as long ago as 1934 but it was in 1941 that Chico Landi first found success with his Alfa Romeo 8C "Monza" winning the Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix. Further success followed on the city’s tortuous Gávea circuit in 1947 and 1948 and Landi also won at São Paulo that latter year.

Already in his forties, Landi made his European debut in the 1947 Bari GP. He scored a surprise victory in the race a year later when his works Ferrari 166SC beat both Achille Varzi and Tazio Nuvolari.

Grand Prix driver

The Brazilian made his World Championship debut in the 1951 Italian GP but his Ferrari 375 retired on the opening lap. 1952 success in lesser events included another victory at Bari with a Ferrari sports car and second place finishes in minor F1 races at Albi and Boreham when driving an Escuderia Bandeirantes Ferrari 375. He also drove a Maserati A6GCM for that privateer outfit in the final two world championship GPs of 1952 – finishing eighth in Italy.

Landi made a couple of unsuccessful GP starts in 1953 and did not race in Europe again. His final world championship appearance was sharing Gerino Gerini’s fourth placed works Maserati 250F in the 1956 Argentine GP. He later worked as General Manager at Interlagos and raced for the final time in 1973.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1956 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 1.5
1953 F1 World Championship
Francesco Landi
Scuderia Milano
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1952 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Bandeirantes
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1951 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0