He lived in Biella, home town of other racing aces such as and . Before and after World War II he had been racing Lancia Aprilias. He had won the 1948 Italian Grand Prix (2-litre class) in a Maserati A6 GCS, before joining Ferrari for 1950–52, winning the 1952 Mille Miglia in a Ferrari 250 S. With his younger pupil, Umberto Maglioli, he got second in the 1951 Mille Miglia, driving a Lancia Aurelia B20. He raced a Maserati 200S in 1955. He once lost control of his Delage 3000, accidentally killing five spectators standing too close to the road at the 1947 Italian Grand Prix.
Formula One World Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1950||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari 125||Ferrari V12||GBR