Umberto Maglioli

Born:
5th June 1928
Bioglio, Piedmont
Died:
7th February 1999 (Aged 70)
Monza, Lombardy
Nationality:
Italian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Best known as a sports car driver, Umberto Maglioli also made occasional Grand Prix appearances during the 1950s for the likes of Ferrari and Maserati.

Success in sports car and Formula 1

It was with Lancia that Maglioli first made his mark by finishing second in the 1951 Mille Miglia. Victory followed in the 1953 Targa Florio and Maglioli made his debut at Le Mans when also driving a Lancia D20. He then switched to Ferrari for the rest of the season – winning the Pescara 12 Hours with Mike Hawthorn and eighth on his GP debut in Italy.

Maglioli remained with Ferrari for 1954 and won the Buenos Aires 1000Kms and Carrera Panamericana – helping the marque win the World Sportscar Championship in the process. His three GPs that year included sharing the third placed Ferrari 625 at Monza with José Froilán González. He repeated that result in the 1955 Argentine GP when Maurice Trintignant and Giuseppe Farina also took turns in the extreme heat. His Ferrari 750 Monza won the 1955 Circuito di Mugello but Maglioli left the team at the end of the season.

Sports car switch to Porsche

Drafted into Porsche’s sports car line-up for the 1956 Nürburgring 1000Kms, he finished fourth with Wolfgang von Trips before winning the Targa Florio for a second time when sharing a 550RS with Huschke von Hanstein. He also drove a Maserati 250F in three more GPs during 1956 but retired on each occasion.

An impressive fourth overall and class winner in the 1957 Nürburgring 1000Kms, he retired from that year’s German GP – his 10th and final world championship GP. Maglioli then crashed his Porsche during the Gaisburg hillclimb in Austria. He recuperated in hospital in Salzburg with leg injuries so severe that doctors initially feared he may not walk again.

Return from injury

However, he eventually returned to the works Ferrari team in 1963. Third place finishes at the Nürburgring and Le Mans were followed by victory in the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours. Maglioli finished the 1965 and 1966 Targa Florio in third and fifth positions respectively and he won the event for a third time in 1968 with Vic Elford and a works Porsche 907.

They finished second a year later in what was Maglioli’s penultimate season in the sport.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1969 International Championship of Makes
Porsche System Engineering
1 1 1 0 6
1968 International Championship of Makes
Ecurie Filipinetti
Porsche System Engineering
2 1 1 1 8
1967 International Championship of Makes
Ecurie Filipinetti
Brescia Corse
2 0 0 0 2
1966 International Championship of Makes
Ecurie Filipinetti
1 0 0 0 2
1965 International Championship of Makes
Porsche System Engineering
Rob Walker Racing
3 0 1 0 6
1964 International Championship of Makes
Scuderia Ferrari
Porsche System Engineering
3 0 1 1 10
1963 Speed and Endurance World Challenge
Scuderia Ferrari
Juan Manuel Bordeu
2 0 2 0 16
1961 World Sportscar Championship
Scuderia Serenissima
1 0 0 0 2
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Porsche
Dr Ing F Porsche
2 0 0 0 3
1957 F1 World Championship
Dr Ing F Porsche
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1957 World Sportscar Championship
Dr Ing F Porsche
Porsche
3 0 0 0 5
1956 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Guastalla
Officine Alfieri Maserati
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1956 World Sportscar Championship
Dr Ing F Porsche
1 0 0 0 3
1955 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
2 0 1 0
0% win rate
21st 1.33
1955 World Sportscar Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
2 0 1 0 4
1954 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
3 0 1 0
0% win rate
18th 2
1954 World Sportscar Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
Erwin Goldschmidt
2 0 2 2 16
1953 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1953 World Sportscar Championship
Scuderia Lancia
Franco Cornacchia
2 0 0 0 1