Escuderia Bandeirantes owner Eitel Cantoni spent much of 1952 racing his brown Maseratis in Formula 2 and he made three Grand Prix starts as part of that programme.
That was the first of two seasons when the world championship was run to F2 rules due to the lack of competitive Formula 1 machinery. Bandeirantes acquired a couple of Maserati A6GCMs, one of which was ready for the 1952 French GP and veteran Philippe Etancelin finished eighth.
The wealthy Cantoni, who had first raced in South America during 1934, made his European debut at Sables d’Olonne a week later. However, he was one of five drivers to be eliminated in a series of accidents on oil spilled from Harry Schell’s engine.
Grand Prix debut
Both Maseratis were available first time at the British GP with Cantoni and Brazilian "Gino Bianco" making their championship debuts. But the Uruguayan retired after just one lap and mechanical failure also saw him sidelined in Germany. The team expanded to three cars for the GP du Comminges at St Gaudens but Cantoni and his team-mates all failed to finish – the story of the team’s season so far.
Cantoni made his final GP start at Monza and finished a distant 11th when five laps off the pace. Seventh in a non-championship race at Modena was his best result of the season and ninth at Avus his last race of his only European campaign.
He returned to Uruguay at the end of the year and did not race again. He died in Montevideo when 90.