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Luciano "Lucien" Bianchi
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Nationality Belgium Belgian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1959 - 1963, 1965, 1968
Teams ENB, UDT Laystall, Reg Parnell, Scuderia Centro Sud, Cooper
Races 19 (17 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1959 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race 1968 Mexican Grand Prix

Lucien Bianchi (November 10, 1934 – March 30, 1969), born Luciano Bianchi, was a Belgian racing driver who raced for the Cooper, ENB, UDT Laystall and Scuderia Centro Sud teams in Formula One.

Bianchi was born in Milan, Italy, but moved to Belgium in 1946 when he was still a child, with his father who was a race mechanic working, before the war, in the Alfa Romeo competition department.[1] Lucien Bianchi's first race event was at the Alpine Rally in 1951. He won the 1957, 1958 and 1959 Tour de France as well as the Paris 1000 sports car race in the latter two years.

He entered Formula One in 1959, although only with sporadic appearances at first. He drove various cars under the banner of the ENB team, including a Cooper T51, a Lotus 18 and an Emeryson. After a couple of races for the UDT Laystall team in 1961, driving another Lotus, he returned to ENB for whom he drove their ENB-Maserati. He finally secured a more regular drive in Formula One in 1968, with the Cooper-BRM team, although success was elusive despite a bright start.

Bianchi also raced touring cars, sports cars and rally cars, being successful in all disciplines, his biggest victories coming in the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours, behind the wheel of a Ford GT40 with Pedro Rodríguez and at Sebring in 1962 with Jo Bonnier. He was also leading the London-Sydney Marathon when his Citroën collided with a non-competing car.

He was killed when his Alfa Romeo T33 spun into a telegraph pole during Le Mans testing in 1969.

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Family

Formula 3 Euroseries driver Jules Bianchi is his grandnephew, but competes under a French sporting licence.

Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Pts.
1959 Equipe National Belge Cooper T51 (F2) Climax V8 MON
DNQ
500
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Equipe National Belge Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 ARG
MON
500
NED
BEL
6
24th 1
Fred Tuck Cars Cooper T51 Climax Straight-4 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
POR
ITA
USA
1961 Equipe National Belge Emeryson 1001 Maserati Straight-4 MON
DNQ
NED
NC 0
Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 BEL
Ret
UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
USA
1962 Equipe National Belge Lotus 18/21 Climax Straight-4 NED
MON
BEL
9
FRA
GBR
NC 0
ENB Maserati Straight-4 GER
16
ITA
USA
RSA
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lola Mk4 Climax V8 MON
BEL
Ret
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
NC 0
1965 Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 RSA
MON
BEL
12
FRA
GBR
NED
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
NC 0
1968 Cooper Car Co. Cooper T86B BRM V12 RSA
ESP
MON
3
BEL
6
NED
Ret
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
ITA
CAN
NC
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
17th 5
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Gurney
A. J. Foyt
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1968 with:
Pedro Rodríguez
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Jackie Oliver

Sources and further reading

  1. ^ "Lucien Bianchi brief obituary". Autocar 130 (nbr 3816): page 25. date 3 April 1969.  

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