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Hermano da Silva Ramos

Full Name:
Hermano Joao "Nano" da Silva Ramos
7th December 1925 (Age 94)
Paris, Ile-de-France (F)
Most recent race (in database):

The son of a successful Brazilian businessman and French mother, Nano da Silva Ramos was 21 years old when he first raced an MG in Rio de Janeiro. He then competed in Europe and won the 1953 Rallye de Sable with a newly acquired Aston Martin DB2.

Formula 1 with Gordini

With further experience in minor events, da Silva Ramos joined the under-funded Gordini team in 1955. That national institution added a welcome speck of French blue to Formula 1 grids but hopes of victory (or even finishing) were always slim. He became Brazil’s third Grand Prix driver (after Chico Landi and "Gino Bianco") at the 1955 Dutch GP – running among the tail-enders to finish eighth before retiring from the British and Italian GPs.

The 1956 season began with victory in the Coupe de Vitesse at Montlhéry and fifth in the Monaco GP when a full seven laps off the pace. Also fifth in the International Trophy at Silverstone, he started another three GPs that year. Neither da Silva Ramos nor Gordini appeared in an F1 world championship race again but he was second at Pau in 1958 with Alan Brown’s Cooper T45-Climax. He also started at Le Mans on four occasions although he did not finish.

Da Silva Ramos drove Scuderia Centro Sud’s old Maserati 250F in three early 1959 non-championship events and was fourth at Aintree in what was his final season in the sport. He has occasionally been seen at historic meetings and shares his time between homes in France and Brazil.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1959 World Sportscar Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
1 0 0 0 0
1956 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 2
1955 F1 World Championship
Equipe Gordini
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
1955 World Sportscar Championship
Equipe Gordini
1 0 0 0 0
1954 World Sportscar Championship
JP Colas
1 0 0 0 0