Lucien Bianchi (10 November 1934 – 30 March 1969), born Luciano Bianchi, was an Italian born Belgian racing driver who raced for the Cooper, ENB, UDT Laystall and Scuderia Centro Sud teams in Formula One. He entered a total of 19 Formula One World Championship races, scoring six points and had a best finish of third at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix.
He died in a testing crash in preparation for the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Bianchi was born in Milan, Italy, but moved to Belgium in 1946 when he was still a child, with his father who was a race mechanic working, before the Second World War, in the Alfa Romeo competition department. His brother, Mauro Bianchi, also became a racing driver. They drove to victory together in the 1965 Nürburgring 500 km. Mauro later won the P1.6 class at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. His grandnephew, Jules Bianchi, who made his Formula One debut with the Marussia team for the 2013 season competing under the French flag, also died as a result of injuries sustained in a racing accident.
He entered Formula One in 1959, although only with sporadic appearances at first. He drove various cars under the banner of the ENB team, including a Cooper T51, a Lotus 18 and an Emeryson. After a couple of races for the UDT Laystall team in 1961, driving another Lotus, he returned to ENB for whom he drove their ENB-Maserati. He finally secured a more regular drive in Formula One in 1968, with the Cooper-BRM team, although success was elusive despite a bright start. Bianchi managed his best Formula One performance, finishing third at the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, in his first race for Cooper.
Bianchi also raced touring cars, sports cars and rally cars, being successful in all disciplines, his biggest victories coming in the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans, behind the wheel of a Ford GT40 with Pedro Rodríguez and at Sebring in 1962 with Jo Bonnier. He was also leading the 1968 London–Sydney Marathon when his Citroën DS collided with a non-competing car on the closed course in Sydney.
At Circuit Zolder, the fourth turn of the circuit, entering the back stretch, is named LucienBianchiBocht in his memory.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
Formula One World Championship results
|1959||Equipe National Belge||Cooper T51||Climax FPF 1.5 L4||MON
|1960||Equipe National Belge||Cooper T51||Climax FPF 2.5 L4||ARG||MON||500||NED||BEL
|Fred Tuck Cars||FRA
|1961||Equipe National Belge||Emeryson 61||Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4||MON
|Lotus 18||Climax FPF 1.5 L4||BEL
|UDT Laystall Racing Team||Lotus 18/21||FRA
|1962||Equipe National Belge||Lotus 18/21||Climax FPF 1.5 L4||NED||MON||BEL
|ENB F1||Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4||GER
|1963||Reg Parnell Racing||Lola Mk4||Climax FWMV 1.5 V8||MON||BEL
|1965||Scuderia Centro Sud||BRM P57||BRM P56 1.5 V8||RSA||MON||BEL
|1968||Cooper Car Company||Cooper T86B||BRM P101 3.0 V12||RSA||ESP||MON
Complete USAC Championship Car results
Complete British Saloon Car Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)
|1967||Team Lotus||Ford Cortina Lotus||C||BRH||SNE||SIL||SIL||MAL||SIL||SIL
Other race results
- Tour de France Automobile, 1st: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1964 / 2nd: 1961, 1963
- Spa 24 Hours, 1st: 1964 (in Class 5) overall 4th
- 12 hours of Sebring, 1st: 1962, 1967
- 12 Hours of Reims, 1st: 1965 (in class P1.3) overall 7th
- Targa Florio, 1st: 1965 (in class GT1.6) overall 7th
- 6 Hours of Nürburgring, 1st: 1965
- 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, 1st: 1968
- 1000 km of Nürburgring, 1st: 1965 (in class S.16) overall 13th, 1967 (in class P+2.0) overall 4th
- 1000km of Paris, 1st: 1960 / 2nd: 1961, 1967
- Mugello Grand Prix, 1st: 1968
- 9 hours of Kyalami, 1st: 1968
- Grand Prix of Angola, 1st: 1962 / 2nd: 1964
- Grand Prix of Zolder, 1st: 1964
- 500km of Nürburgring, 1st: 1965, 1963 (in class T1.0)
- Trophée d'Auvergne, 1st: 1963 (in class S/P+3.0)
- "Lucien Bianchi brief obituary". Autocar. Vol. 130 (nbr 3816). 3 April 1969. p. 25.
- "Lucien Bianchi 1968 Results". Formula. Formula One Administration Ltd. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
- "All Results of Lucien Bianchi". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "Profile for racing driver Lucien Bianchi". motorsportmagazine.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- de Jong, Frank. "British Saloon Car Championship". History of Touring Car Racing 1952-1993. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
- GrandPrix.com — Bianchi's entry at GrandPrix.com