Robert Lippi, Formula Junior

Former Grand Prix driver Roberto Lippi is turning 85 today!

A highly-rated sports car and open-wheel driver in the mid-to-late 1950s and early 1960s, the Italian was one of the pioneers of the Formula Junior series.

Driving the Stanguellini-Fiat in the 1958 championship, he won the inaugural championship event and went on to win the title. He remained a frontrunner over the following few years.

His few Formula 1 forays delivered little: his three appearances at his home race between 1961-3 saw him qualify his De Tomaso just once: after qualifying a mammoth 22.6 seconds off pole, he lasted just a lap in a race marred by the collision between Jim Clark and Wolfgang von Trips, which tragically killed the latter.

[Image via F1 Rejects]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.