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Famous Racecar Drivers from Italy

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List of notable or famous racecar drivers from Italy, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in Italy and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to Italy. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Italian racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from Italy is included when available.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Mario Andretti and Elio de Angelis.

This historic racecar drivers from Italy list can help answer the questions "Who are some Italian racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from Italy?" These prominent racecar drivers of Italy may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Italian racecar drivers.

Use this list of renowned Italian racecar drivers to discover some new racecar drivers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Alberto Ascari

    Dec. at 37 (1918-1955)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Alberto Ascari (Italian pronunciation: [alˈbɛrto ˈaskari]; 13 July 1918 – 26 May 1955) was an Italian racing driver and twice Formula One World Champion. He was a multitalented racer who competed in...  more
  • 2

    Alberto Colombo

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceItaly

    Alberto Colombo (born 23 February 1946 in Varedo, Lombardy) is a former racing driver from Italy. He unsuccessfully entered three Formula One Grands Prix in 1978 with ATS (two failures to qualify)...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceSiena, Italy

    Alessandro "Sandro" Nannini (born 7 July 1959) is a former racing driver from Italy. He is the younger brother of rock-singer Gianna Nannini. His five-year F1 career resulted in a win but ended after...  more
  • 4

    Alex Caffi

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceRovato, Italy

    Alessandro "Alex" Caffi (born 18 March 1964) is an Italian racing driver, former Formula One driver, and team owner. He participated in 75 Grands Prix, debuting on 7 September 1986. In 2006 he raced...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    Alessandro Zanardi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈaːleks dzaˈnardi]; born 23 October 1966) is an Italian professional racing driver and paracyclist. He won the CART championship in 1997 and 1998 in North...  more
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    Alfonso Thiele

    Dec. at 66 (1920-1986)

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Turkey

    Alfonso Thiele (5 April 1920 – 15 July 1986) was a racing driver who held dual citizenship of the United States and Italy, though he spent most of his life in Italy. He participated in one Formula...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceSassuolo, Italy

    Andrea Bertolini (born 1 December 1973 in Sassuolo) is an Italian professional racing driver currently driving for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is the official test driver of...  more
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    BirthplaceTrieste, Italy

    Andrea Lodovico de Adamich (born 3 October 1941) is a former racing driver from Italy. He participated in 34 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, making his début on 1 January 1968. He...  more
  • 9

    Andrea de Cesaris

    Dec. at 55 (1959-2014)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Andrea de Cesaris (31 May 1959 – 5 October 2014) was an Italian racing driver. He started 208 Formula One Grands Prix but never won. As a result, he holds the record for the most races started...  more
  • 10

    Andrea Montermini

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceSassuolo, Italy

    Andrea Montermini (born 30 May 1964) is an Italian racing driver....  more
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    Antonio Brivio

    Dec. at 90 (1905-1995)
    Antonio Brivio (Sometimes shown as Marchese Sforza Brivio; 30 January 1905, in Biella, Vercelli, Italy – 29 January 1995) was an Italian bobsledder and racing driver....  more
  • 12

    Antonio Fassina

    Age: 75
    Antonio "Tony" Fassina (born 26 July 1945) is a former rally driver from Italy. He won the Italian Rally Championship in 1976 and 1979 driving a Lancia Stratos HF, and then again in 1981 behind the...  more
  • 13

    Arturo Merzario

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceCivenna, Italy

    Arturo Francesco "Art" Merzario (born 11 March 1943 in Civenna, Como) (erroneously registered as Arturio on his birth certificate) is a racing driver from Italy. He participated in 85 Formula One...  more
  • 14

    Attilio Bettega

    Dec. at 32 (1953-1985)

    BirthplaceMolveno, Italy

    Attilio Bettega (19 February 1953 – 2 May 1985) was an Italian rally driver. ...  more
  • 15

    Bruno Giacomelli

    Age: 68

    BirthplacePoncarale, Italy

    Bruno Giacomelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈbruno dʒakoˈmɛlli]; born 10 September 1952) is a retired racing driver from Italy. He won one of the two 1976 British Formula 3 Championships and the 1978...  more
  • 16

    Carlo Facetti

    Age: 85

    BirthplaceItaly

    Carlo Giovanni Facetti (born 26 June 1935) is a former racing driver from Italy, mainly known for his success in touring car and sports car racing. In his single attempt at Formula One he failed to...  more
  • 17

    Cesare Perdisa

    Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy

    Cesare Perdisa (October 21, 1932 – May 10, 1998) was a racing driver from Bologna, Italy. He participated in 8 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on May 22, 1955. He achieved 2...  more
  • 18

    Claudio Langes

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceBrescia, Italy

    Claudio Langes (born 20 July 1960 in Brescia) is a racing driver from Italy. In 1978 he won the Italian 125 cc go-kart championship. In subsequent years he competed in Formula 3 and in Formula 3000,...  more
  • 19

    Clemente Biondetti

    Dec. at 57 (1898-1955)

    BirthplaceBuddusò, Italy

    Clemente Biondetti (18 October 1898 – 24 February 1955) was an Italian auto racing driver. Born into a working-class family, Biondetti raced motorcycles before turning to automobiles where he had...  more
  • 20

    Corrado Fabi

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Corrado Fabi (born 12 April 1961 in Milan) is a former racing driver from Italy. He participated in 18 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 13 March 1983, scoring no championship points. He was the...  more
  • 21

    Domenico Schiattarella

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Domenico "Mimmo" Schiattarella (born 17 November 1967) is an Italian racing driver. He participated in 7 Formula One Grands Prix for Simtek, debuting on October 16, 1994, and finishing when the team...  more
  • 22

    Dorino Serafini

    Dec. at 91 (1909-2000)

    BirthplacePesaro, Italy

    Teodoro "Dorino" Serafini (22 July 1909 – 5 July 2000) was a motorcycle road racer and racing driver from Italy. A native of Pesaro (Marche), he won the 1939 500cc European Championship on a Gilera....  more
  • 23

    Elio de Angelis

    Dec. at 28 (1958-1986)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Elio de Angelis (26 March 1958 – 15 May 1986) was an Italian racing driver who participated in Formula One between 1979 and 1986, racing for the Shadow, Lotus and Brabham teams. He was killed in an...  more
  • 24

    Emanuele Naspetti

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceAncona, Italy

    Emanuele Naspetti (born February 24, 1968 in Ancona) is a racing driver and entrepreneur from Italy....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Emanuele Pirro (born 12 January 1962) is an Italian racing driver who has raced in Formula One, touring cars and in endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans which he has won a total of five...  more