Roberto Lippi

Born:
17th October 1926
Rome, Lazio
Died:
31st October 2011 (Aged 85)
Lavinio, Lazio
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Roberto Lippi was into his thirties before he climbed the single-seater ranks during the late 1950s. A debutant in the 1948 Mille Miglia with a 1100cc Fiat, he switched to a Stranguellini for 1956 with which he won the following year’s national 750cc sports car championship.

That season also saw his only appearance at Le Mans when he retired in the eighth hour. 1958 was a major diversion for he drove a Stranguellini-Fiat in the new Formula Junior. He won its first race at Monza and three of the next five to emerge as Italian Champion.

Winner at Vallelunga at the start of 1959 and runner-up a year later, he embarked on his short Formula 1 career. The Roman drove a Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-OSCA in the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. 32nd and last on the grid, his engine failed after just one lap.

He returned with the car for the 1962 and 1963 Italian GPs but Lippi failed to qualify on each occasion. He did finish fourth in the non-championship 1963 Roman GP at Vallelunga before returning to Formula Junior for a final season. Lippi retired from the sport at the end of 1964 and later worked as a driving instructor with the CSAI.

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