|Automobile / Formula 1 world championship|
|First start:||1977 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last start:||1983 Grand Prix of South Africa|
|1977–1978 McLaren • 1979–1982 Alfa Romeo • 1983 Toleman • 1990 Life Racing|
|World Cup balance:||WM-15. ( 1981 )|
|World Cup points :||14th|
|Leadership laps :||31 over 168.5 km|
In 1976 Giacomelli was the only Italian driver to date to win the British Formula 3 Championship . When he won the Formula 2 European Championship on a March - BMW , he was the most popular racing driver in his home country.
Started his career at McLaren
Thanks to generous sponsorship money from the tobacco company Philip Morris Companies Inc. , Giacomelli got into the cockpit of a third works McLaren during the 1977 Formula 1 season , one day after his birthday at the home race in Monza , which was possible at the time by the regulations . McLaren provided the reigning world champion with James Hunt at this point , but this year's World Cup was won by Niki Lauda in a Ferrari . Giacomelli's mission was unobtrusive. He stayed with McLaren in 1978 and drove five races for the team, which was clearly outstripped by the competition and finished 8th in the Constructors' World Championship with 15 points.
Change to Alfa Romeo
For the sixth race of the 1979 season, Giacomelli moved to Alfa Romeo with a lucrative contract . Although Alfa had the comeback after a year of several tests on the company's track for the first time since 1965 a completely own vehicle available, but the heavy duty 180-degree 12-cylinder engine carried over from the previous year and the chassis was not up to current ground effect principle. Therefore, it was proof of Giacomelli's class that he was able to qualify for a 14th place on the grid. Frequent defects and over-motivated driving style, which should compensate for the weaknesses of the vehicle, often left both him and his teammate Vittorio Brambilla stranded off the track. As a result, neither driver scored points for the team.
In the 1980 season seemed to be on at Alfa. Talented drivers like Patrick Depailler and later Andrea de Cesaris were supposed to bring the team forward. Depailler's test work in particular was promising - but Depailler had a fatal accident during test drives for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring . The cause of the accident was probably the unpredictability of the wing cars of the time. Before that, Giacomelli had secured the first rating points with fifth place in the opening race in Buenos Aires . Despite the shock of the death of Depailler, popular with all drivers, Giacomelli was able to repeat fifth place at the Hockenheimring and even achieve pole position in the final race in Watkins Glen . In the race, however, the unreliable engine went on strike.
For the next season , Carlo Chiti , the racing director of Alfa Romeo, signed Mario Andretti , who was dissatisfied with Lotus , as a team-mate of Bruno Giacomelli. Amazingly, Giacomelli was able to leave the higher rated Andretti behind with seven to three points. Fourth place in the race in Canada and third place in the " Parking Lot Grand Prix " in Las Vegas even allowed him to climb onto the podium for the first and only time.
In the following year , however, the boisterous de Cesaris surpassed him. Giacomelli's fifth place at Hockenheim was not enough for his employer after the younger driver finished third at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix .
End of the career
Giacomelli switched to Toleman - Hart for the following year 1983, which Nelson Piquet saw as the first turbo world champion on Brabham - BMW , while Giacomelli was able to achieve a championship point one last time at Brands Hatch . Since his teammate Derek Warwick had also left him behind, he announced his retirement from racing.
Completely surprisingly, Giacomelli competed in the premiere of the uncompetitive Formula 1 team Life Racing seven years later in Monaco . However, he did not succeed in bringing the underperforming Life L190 beyond pre-qualification. Because designer Gianni Marelli simply took the chassis of a Formula 1 prototype from First Racing that had never materialized and put in an extremely complicated W12 cylinder in-house design that - according to Giacomelli - set at least 250 hp less in motion than that of the other racing cars. Even when Marelli replaced the exotic engine with a unit from Judd at the end of the year , the car did not get beyond the pre-qualification. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Formula 1, the automobile magazine sport auto named the red “Life” probably the worst monoposto of all time.
Giacomelli still watches all races in Italy with great interest. When, after Ayrton Senna's fatal accident in Imola in 1994 , some former drivers were also present at the meetings of the newly formed drivers' union in Monza to introduce their own safety considerations, Christian Fittipaldi wanted him brusquely with the words "What is he doing here!" crowd the room. Giacomelli's former teammate Andrea de Cesaris was just able to prevent the affront .
Statistics in the automobile world championship
|1977||Marlboro Team McLaren||McLaren M23||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||NC|
|1978||Marlboro Team McLaren||McLaren M26||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||5||-||-||-||-||-||-||NC|
|1979||Autodelta||Alfa Romeo 177
Alfa Romeo 179
|Alfa Romeo 3.0 F12
Alfa Romeo 3.0 V12
|1980||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo||Alfa Romeo 179||Alfa Romeo 3.0 V12||14th||-||-||-||1||-||4th||16.|
|1981||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo||Alfa Romeo 179B / 179C||Alfa Romeo 3.0 V12||15th||-||-||1||-||-||7th||15th|
|1982||Marlboro Team Alfa Romeo||Alfa Romeo 179D
Alfa Romeo 182
|Alfa Romeo 3.0 V12||16||-||-||-||-||-||2||22nd|
|1983||Candy Toleman Motorsport||Toleman TG183B||Hard 1.5 L4 turbo||15th||-||-||-||-||-||1||19th|
|1990||Life Racing||Life F190||Life 3.5 W12
Judd 3.5 V8
|green||-||Placement in the points|
|blue||-||Classified outside the point ranks|
|violet||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|red||DNQ||did not qualify|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||not at the start (did not start)|
|Light Blue||PO||only participated in the training (practiced only)|
|TD||Friday test driver|
|without||DNP||did not participate in the training (did not practice)|
|INJ||injured or sick|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|*||not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
Le Mans results
|1988||Kenwood Kremer Racing||Porsche 962C||Kunimitsu Takahashi||Hideki Okada||Rank 9|
|1989||Porsche Kremer Racing||Porsche 962C||Kunimitsu Takahashi||Giovanni Lavaggi||failure||Fire|
|1990||Richard Lloyd Racing||Porsche 962C||John Watson||Allen mountain||Rank 11|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian Formula 1 racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 10, 1952|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Borgo Poncarale|