Former F1 and Le Mans racer Roy Salvadori has died, aged 90

Sad news to report today, with former Grand Prix driver Roy Salvadori’s family announcing his death, just three weeks on from the celebrations of his 90th birthday.

English-born to Italian parents, Salvadori’s motorsport career started in 1947 with an Alfa Romeo, whereupon he graduated to Formula 1 in 1952 via a succession of other cars.

image Strong outings in non-championship races with a Maserati 250F earned him a full-time drive with the works Cooper team, and later with the Yeoman Credit team, with whom he almost won the 1961 United States Grand Prix, retiring when his engine failed as he closed down leader Innes Ireland.

While his role in Aston Martin’s short-lived Formula 1 project yielded little in the way of results, he achieved much greater success with the British marque in sports cars, winning the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours alongside Carroll Shelby – who passed away last month. He took third place in the classic race the following year, with Jim Clark as his co-driver.

After moving to Reg Parnell’s team, he retired from F1 at the end of 1962 and quit sports car racing a few years later. He later moved into team management with the Cooper Maserati team in 1966-7, before quitting for good and taking up his retirement in Monaco.

he team extends its condolences to Roy’s family and friends.

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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.