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Giovanni de Riu was briefly a Formula 1 privateer during the 1950s who later worked for the Italian governing body. He made a couple of unobtrusive appearances in the Mille Miglia before finishing last in his heat for the 1953 Albi Grand Prix (consequently failing to qualify for the final).
The Sardinian was more ambitions for 1954 and entered a Maserati A6GCM chassis with 250F engine in five races although he only appeared twice. An early retiree from the non-championship Rome GP, de Riu took the car to Monza for the Italian GP and a hoped for championship debut. He completed a few very slow laps in practice and de Riu did not start the race.
He did not appear in an international race again and eventually retired to Milan. Giovanni de Riu was the honorary commissioner of the CSAI responsible for national racing at the time of his death.