Vittorio Brambilla

Vittorio Brambilla

Vittorio Brambilla: Career Overview

Early Life and Career

  • Born: November 11, 1937, Monza, Lombardy, Italy
  • Died: May 26, 2001, Camparada, Lombardy, Italy (Heart attack)
  • Nationality: Italian

Initial Foray into Motorsports

  • Began career in motorcycle racing: 1957
  • Won Italian 175cc title: 1958
  • Transition to karting and serving as a mechanic for his brother Ernesto in Formula 2

Move to Car Racing

  • First car racing experience: 1969 in Formula 3 with Birel, team Picchio Rosso
  • Victories in Vallelunga and Monza

Progression to Higher Formulas

  • Formula 2 entry: 1970 with Brabham-Ford
  • Second-place finishes: Salzbourg and Munich
  • Continued success in Formula 2 and Italian Formula 3: 1971
  • Won the Italian Formula 3 Championship: 1972
  • Further success in Formula 2 with March-Ford: 1973, victories in Salzbourg and Albi

Formula One Career

  • Debut in Formula One with March: 1974, replacing Howden Ganley
  • Notable performances: Regular top-10 finishes and scoring first F1 point at Ɩsterreichring
  • Best season: 1975, achieving pole position in Sweden
  • First and only F1 victory: 1975 Austrian Grand Prix, in a rain-shortened race
  • Career decline: Struggles in 1976 with only a single point in the championship
  • Move to Surtees: 1977, with fourth in Belgium and fifth in Hockenheim as highlights
  • Sports car racing success: 1977, four victories with Alfa Romeo for Autodelta
  • Challenges with Surtees: 1978, less competitive performances and missed qualifications
  • Involved in the accident that killed Ronnie Peterson: 1978 Italian Grand Prix
  • Brief returns to F1: 1979 and 1980 with Autodelta
  • Final years in motorsport: Competed in sports car racing with Osella until retirement in 1981

Legacy

  • Known as “The Monza Gorilla” for his aggressive driving style and hometown roots, Vittorio Brambilla’s career in motorsport was marked by highs and lows. His journey from motorcycle racing to F1 showcased his versatility and passion for racing. Despite a relatively short and tumultuous career in Formula One, Brambilla left an indelible mark with his memorable victory at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix. His transition to sports car racing later in his career also demonstrated his adaptability and continued commitment to motorsport.

Vittorio Brambilla

Detailed Career Statistics of Vittorio Brambilla

Formula One Career Overview

  • Years Active: 1974 – 1980
  • Teams: March, Surtees, Alfa Romeo
  • Total Grand Prix Starts: 74
  • Total Grand Prix Entries: 80
  • No Starts: 6
  • Best Championship Finish: 11th in 1975
  • First Grand Prix: South Africa 1974
  • Last Grand Prix: Italy 1980

Key Achievements

  • Wins: 1 (1.35% of starts)
  • Podiums: 1 (1.35%)
  • Pole Positions: 1 (1.35%)
  • Fastest Laps: 1 (1.35%)
  • Points Scored: 15.50
  • Average Points Per Race: 0.21
  • Laps Led: 32
  • Kilometers Led: 151 km
  • Total Laps Raced: 3,021
  • Total Kilometers Raced: 14,113 km

Yearly Performance (1974-1980)

  • 1974: Ranked 20th, March
  • 1975: Ranked 11th, March (Best year)
  • 1976: Ranked 19th, March
  • 1977: Ranked 16th, Surtees
  • 1978: Ranked 19th, Surtees
  • 1979: Not classified (nc), Alfa Romeo
  • 1980: Not classified (nc), Alfa Romeo

Retirement Rate

  • Total Retirements: 40 (54.05% of starts)
  • A high retirement rate, indicative of the era’s reliability issues and Brambilla’s aggressive driving style.

Starting Grid vs. Finishing Position

  • Average Starting Position: 13.07
  • Average Finishing Position: 9.41
  • Demonstrates Brambilla’s ability to gain positions during races, despite typically qualifying outside the top 10.

Post a Comment

Formula1Review

Discover the world of elite racing with us. Dive into thrilling races, get exclusive insights, and become part of the action. Join us now!

Newsletter

instagram

QUICK INFO

Monday-Sunday: 24/7;
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+ 31 611 05 1102
info@formula1review.com