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Luigi Piotti

27th October 1913
Milan, Lombardy
19th April 1971 (Aged 57)
Godiasco, Lombardy
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Luigi Piotti was a successful Milan businessman who raced as a hobby during the 1950s. He started in sports cars before making six appearances in world championship Grands Prix that decade.

He won the 1954 Hyères 12 Hours with Maurice Trintignant sharing his Ferrari 250 Monza. Entered for the 1955 Italian GP in a seven year old Maserati-Arzani, mechanical gremlins prevented him from starting but he made his Formula 1 debut in the non-championship race at Syracuse a month later when seventh with a works Maserati 250F.

Formula 1 with a Maserati

He bought the 250F for 1956 and made his world championship debut in Argentina. Sadly out of his depth, his unpredictable driving resulted in a crash with Peter Collins’ fifth placed Ferrari while being lapped for the umpteenth time. It was no better once the circus returned to Europe with Piotti invariably off the pace.

However, he helped the works team in the Italian GP when its team leader Stirling Moss ran out of fuel mid-race. He only made it back to the pits thanks to being nudged around the remainder of the lap by Piotti’s 250F. Moss won and Piotti finished in a distant sixth in what was his best result in a championship event.

He continued in 1957 and invariably ran at the back of the field. However, Piotti was fifth in the Buenos Aires 1000Kms when sharing a works Maserati 300S with Roberto Bonomi. He failed to qualify a four-cylinder works OSCA for the 1958 Monaco GP and decided his time was better spent on other pastimes.

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