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Charles de Tornaco
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1952 - 1953
Teams non-works Ferrari
Races 4 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1953 Belgian Grand Prix

Charles de Tornaco (born in Brussels, June 7, 1927 - died September 18, 1953) was a racing driver from Belgium. He participated in 4 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on June 22, 1952. He scored no championship points.

De Tornaco was the co-founder of Ecurie Belgique, which later became Ecurie Francorchamps, and most of his racing career was with this team, driving Ferraris. In practice for the Modena Grand Prix in 1953, de Tornaco rolled his car and suffered serious head and neck injuries. There were no adequate medical facilities present, and he died on his way to hospital in a private saloon car.[1]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1952 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 SUI
500
BEL
7
FRA
GBR
GER
NED
Ret
ITA
DNQ
NC 0
1953 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG
500
NED
BEL
DNS
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
NC 0
Preceded by
Chet Miller
Formula One fatal accidents
September 18, 1953
Succeeded by
Onofre Marimón

References

  1. ^ Steve Small - "The Grand Prix Who's Who", 1996

Simple English

Charles de Tornaco (June 7, 1927 - died September 18, 1953) was a race car driver from Belgium. He drove in Formula One World Championship Grands Prix,. He died of a car accident in 1953. The accident happened while he was practicing for the race. de Tornaco rolled his car over the barrier. There was no medical help available for him there, and he died on the way to a hospital in a private Mercedes-Benz C-Class. He was 28.


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