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Sergio Mantovani

22nd May 1929
Cusano Milanino, Lombardy
23rd February 2001 (Aged 71)
Milan, Lombardy
Most recent race (in database):

When Sergio Mantovani started racing in 1952 it was as a hobby but he soon took the pastime seriously when he showed promise.

Grands Prix with Maserati

His senior debut in the non-championship 1953 Syracuse Grand Prix ended when his Maserati A6GCM crashed into the burning wreckage of Tom Cole’s Cooper-Bristol. Mantovani’s car also caught fire but both drivers escaped unscathed.

Third in the Targa Florio when sharing with Juan Manuel Fangio, he beat Luigi Musso in a national sports car race at Caserta. Mantovani was included in a four-car works Maserati line-up for that year’s Italian GP at Monza and qualified a respectable 12th on the grid. Unfortunately, he stalled at the start but drove well thereafter before asked to hand over to Musso who brought the A6GCM home in seventh position.

He was a fulltime works driver in 1954 and the introduction of new Formula 1 rules coincided with Gioacchino Colombo’s magnificent Maserati 250F. Third at Syracuse and Rome, he finished fifth in the German and Swiss GPs to claim a share of 15th in that year’s World Championship.

Injury curtails his career

Mantovani was now so serious about the sport that he moved from Milan to be closer to the Maserati factory in Modena in 1955. But the Italian crashed during practice for the Valentino GP in Turin and injured his left leg so badly that it had to be amputated above the knee.

That ended his racing career although Mantovani then worked for the Italian governing body for many years.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1955 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
1954 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
5 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 4
1954 World Sportscar Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
1 0 0 0 2
1953 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
1 0 0 0
0% win rate