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Piero Scotti was a successful businessman with interests in mineral water and import/export. He was also an amateur racing driver who started just one Grand Prix.
His first success came in 1951 when he finished third in the Mille Miglia with a Ferrari 212. He won a couple of hillclimbs during 1953 and ended the year with victory in the Casablanca 12 Hours when sharing Giuseppe Farina’s works Ferrari 375MM.
He acquired the car for 1954 and scored victories in minor sports car races at Senegal, Toscana and Castelfusano with the privately run machine. He graduated to Formula 1 in 1956 by hiring a Connaught B-type with an option to buy. Seventh in Silverstone’s non-championship International Trophy, he then entered the Belgian GP. Scotti qualified 12th of 16 but retired before quarter distance on his world championship debut.
Apparently dissatisfied, Scotti returned the car to Connaught’s Surrey factory and never raced in F1 again. He made a final race start in the 1957 Mille Miglia – retiring a Mercedes-Benz 300SL after seven hours.