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Arturo Merzario

Arturo Merzario, 1979. Copyright Rich Harman 2009.  Used with permission.

Arturo Merzario, 1979. Copyright Rich Harman 2009. Used with permission.

Arturo Merzario, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 12th-15th July 2018. Copyright, Gergely Gabris, 2018. Used with Permission.

Arturo Merzario, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 12th-15th July 2018. Copyright, Gergely Gabris, 2018. Used with Permission.

Born:

11 Mar 1943
Civenna, Como

Nationality:

Italy

Grands Prix:

57 (1972-1979)

F2 starts:

17 (1971-1981)

Teams:

Merzario (1978-1979)

Still races, in historics and Italian endurance. He also runs a driving academy and a lot of his drives in endurance are linked to this academy. A frequent visitor to the F1 paddock, he is still wearing his Stetson hat! Initially a racer in GT and hillclimbing, he impressed domestically to earn a contract with Ferrari in sportscars, which then turned into Formula 1 when Clay Regazzoni was injured. It all went very well until he lost his drive in 1974 and he went backwards down the Formula 1 grid. Little Art, as he was often known, then decided to run his own team but it was not a success. After retiring from racing in 1981, he became a team manager in Formula 2.

Biography last updated 23 Jan 2016