Chico Landi Biography: Francisco Sacco Landi, popularly known as Chico, was a Brazilian racing driver from So Paulo. He competed in six Formula One World Championship Grands Prix after debuting on September 16, 1951.
Chico Landi Biography
Chico Landi Biography: Chico Landi was born on 14 July 1907 in São Paulo, Brazil. His father, who owned a garage in So Paulo, introduced him to racing, as he came from a modest middle-class household of Italian descent. In the late 1930s, he and Manuel de Teffé and Irineu Corrêa popularized motor racing in Brazil. Landi had dropped out of school at the age of eleven to work as a mechanic and later took part in illegal street racing at night, where he had frequent run-ins with the police.
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|Date Of Birth||14 July 1907|
|Birth Place||São Paulo, Brazil|
Chico Landi Career
In 1934, he debuted in racing at the second Rio Grand Prix. His engine failed eight circuits from the finish when he was in the lead. Many considered Teffé, the son of a diplomat of Prussian descent, to be a wealthy expat rather than a native Brazilian, as he began his racing career while living in Europe. He was the most famous Brazilian driver of his time. Corrêa, who ultimately won the 1934 Rio Grand Prix, died in an accident on the first lap of the following year, leaving Landi as the undisputed champion of pre-war racing in Brazil. In 1938, Landi traveled abroad and finished eighth at Bern in what is generally regarded as the first Brazilian Grand Prix entry. Landi won his first Brazilian Grand Prix at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix in 1941.
Landi was the first Brazilian driver to win a Grand Prix by driving a Ferrari to victory at the 1948 Bari Grand Prix, held under Formula Two rules. In addition, he finished second in a Ferrari 375 in the non-championship 1952 Albi Grand Prix. Landi and Christian “Bino” Heins also won the 1960 Mil Milhas Brasil in an Alfa Romeo JK 2000. This was the first time a Brazilian-made vehicle rather than an American “Carretera” special won this prestigious race.