Clemente Biondetti

Clemente Biondetti (18 October 1898 – 24 February 1955)[1] was an Italian auto racing driver.[2] Born into a working-class family, Biondetti raced motorcycles before turning to automobiles where he had greater success.


Born in Buddusò, Sardinia, into a working-class family, Biondetti began his racing career in motorcycles in 1923 but in 1927 turned to automobiles. By 1931 his performance earned him a spot in Grand Prix motor racing with the Maserati factory team.

His success racing on circuits was minimal, but he was one of the best in tough endurance events. Driving an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900b, Clemente Biondetti won the 1938 Mille Miglia for sports cars and at the Coppa Ciano finished second in the voiturette class then third in the main event. In 1939, he won the Coppa Acerbo voiturette class and took second place at the Swiss Grand Prix. His racing career came to a halt following the outbreak of World War II in 1940. By the time he was able to resume racing after the war, he was already 49 years old. Nevertheless, he dominated Italian endurance racing, driving to victory in the Mille Miglia for three straight years from 1947 through 1949 and the Targa Florio in 1948 and 1949. He won more Mille Miglias than any other driver in history.

Clemente Biondetti participated in one Formula One World Championship event, the 1950 Italian Grand Prix. Driving a self-built Ferrari-Jaguar hybrid car, engine problems forced him out of the race thus he failed to score any championship points. Biondetti loved racing cars and continued to compete in sports car and endurance events, earning a second-place finish in a Ferrari at the 12 Hours of Pescara in 1952 against much younger drivers. After suffering from cancer for a number of years, he was forced to retire in 1954. He succumbed to cancer on 24 February 1955 in Florence.[3] As a result, he became the first Formula One World Championship driver to die of natural causes.

Major victories

Racing record

Complete European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 EDC Pts
1931 Officine A. Maserati Maserati 26M Maserati 2.5 L8 ITA FRA
BEL 12th 19
1936 Scuderia Maremmana Maserati 6C-34 Maserati 3.7 L6 MON GER SUI
25th 29
1937 Scuderia Maremmana Maserati 6C-34 Maserati 3.7 L6 BEL GER MON
SUI 15th 34
Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 12C-36 Alfa Romeo 4.1 V12 ITA
1938 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo Tipo 312 Alfa Romeo 3.0 V12 FRA GER
SUI 13th 27
Alfa Romeo Tipo 316 Alfa Romeo 3.0 V16 ITA
1939 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 BEL FRA GER SUI
16th 28

Post WWII Grandes Épreuves results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5
1948 Scuderia Inter Ferrari 166SC Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 MON SUI
1949 Luigi Platé Talbot Talbot 700 1.5 L8s GBR BEL SUI
Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s ITA

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 WDC Pts
1950 Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT/50 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s GBR MON
Clemente Biondetti Ferrari 166S Jaguar XK 3.4 L6 ITA

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1938 France Raymond Sommer France Raymond Sommer Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring 5.0 219 DNF DNF
1951 United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd United Kingdom Leslie Johnson Jaguar XK-120C S 5.0 50 DNF DNF
1953 Italy Scuderia Lancia Argentina José Froilán González Lancia D20 S 8.0 213 DNF DNF


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  6. ^ "Clemente Biondetti – Involvement". Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  7. ^ "All Results of Clemente Biondetti". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved August 28, 2018.