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United Kingdom Roy Francesco Salvadori

Races: 50
Podiums: 2
Career Points: 19

1952Italy G Caprara 1952 F1 Season : Roy Francesco SalvadoriFerrari   Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 500 
1953United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught   Lea-Francis 2.0 L4 Connaught A-Series 
1954United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Maserati   Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 Maserati 250F 
1955United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Maserati   Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 250F 
1956United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Maserati   Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 Maserati 250F 
1957United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper   Climax FPF 2.0 L4, Climax FPF 1.5 L4 Cooper T43 Mark II 
1957United Kingdom Vandervell Products    Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 VW5 
1957United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM   BRM P25 2.5 L4 P25 
1958United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper   Climax FPF 2.0 L4 Cooper T45
Cooper T43 Mark II
1959United Kingdom David Brown Corporation 1959 F1 Season : Roy Francesco SalvadoriAston Martin   Ason Martin RB6 2.5 L6 DBR4 
1959United Kingdom High Efficiency Motors 1959 F1 Season : Roy Francesco SalvadoriCooper   Maserati 250S 2.5 L4 T45 
1960United Kingdom David Brown Corporation Aston Martin   Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 DBR4
1960United Kingdom High Efficiency Motors Cooper   Climax FPF 2.5 L4 Cooper T51 
1961United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Cooper   Climax FPF 1.5 L4 Cooper T53 
1962United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing 1962 F1 Season : Roy Francesco SalvadoriLola 19 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 Lola MK4 

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Roy Salvadori: A Co-Driver to the Very End

By Jeremy McMullen
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Of all of the famous names that had come and gone throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, one name that many may recognize, and yet, would agonize as to try to remember where, when and how would have to be Roy Salvadori. Salvadori raced with and against names like Fangio, Ascari, Moss, Hawthorn, Clark and Hill. And though he would never achieve the same kind of recognition he certainly wouldn't be begrudged praise for his driving ability.

Mystery and intrigue surrounded G. Caprara. Stories and speculation concerning the owner of a small one car team entering the 1952 British Grand Prix would serve as the background for a certain driver's debut in the new grand prix World Championship. Somehow able to secure the use of the potent Ferrari 500, Caprara would provide this young English-Italian with the best equipment of the day. The beneficiary would be Roy Salvadori. And in his first World Championship race he would take that Ferrari 500 all the way up the order to an 8th place result.

This would be a strong debut for Salvadori. Such a result made it clear why he would rub shoulders and elbows with some of the greatest drivers of the day and of all time. It would also make it clear why he also got lost in their shadows as well.

Born in London in 1922 to Italian parents, Salvadori would come to run a garage in Tolworth, Surrey before the outbreak of the Second World War. The war would put a halt to Salvadori's racing aspirations and the dire state of England after the war, with materials being very expensive and hard to come by, it seemed forever before Roy would ever take part in a race. However, by 1946 he would be racing MGs and Rileys. Then, late in 1946, would come Salvadori's great acquisition. He would come to own an ex-Nuvolari Alfa Romeo P3. And with this car, Salvadori would make his first trip to the European continent to take part in a race.

The Grand Prix des Frontieres would see Salvadori race the Alfa Romeo P3. It would be a remarkable race and a testament to the talent Roy possessed. Running late into the race, Salvadori's Alfa Romeo would remain stuck in its highest gear. Despite the inconvenience, Salvadori would cruise home to an impressive 5th place finish.Throughout the rest of the 1940s Salvadori would take part in all kinds of races and would race with all kinds of a cars, including an ex-Prince Bira Maserati 4CL. Roy's stock continued to rise but it would come under serious fire when he suffered a terrible accident at the Daily Express race in 1951.

The serious nature of the injuries would not be enough to keep him out of racing and he would find he would be presented his best opportunity to date when approached by the questionable Caprara to drive the Ferrari 500 in the British Grand Prix. Questionable character or not, Salvadori would not dwell on such issues, he would choose to see what the opportunity could do for his own career.

He would soon find out what that 8th place at Silverstone would mean. By the end of the 1952 season, Salvadori will have substituted for Mike Hawthorn in a couple of races and would even win the Joe Fry Memorial Trophy race driving, once again, for Caprara in the Ferrari 500.
1962Lola MK4Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
1961Cooper T53Climax FPF 1.5 L4
1960Cooper T51Climax FPF 2.5 L4
1960DBR5Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6
1960DBR4Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6
1959T45Maserati 250S 2.5 L4
1959DBR4Ason Martin RB6 2.5 L6
1958T44Climax FPF 2.0 L4
1958Cooper T43 Mark IIClimax FPF 2.0 L4
1958Cooper T45Climax FPF 2.0 L4
1957Cooper T43 Mark IIClimax FPF 2.0 L4, Climax FPF 1.5 L4
1957P25BRM P25 2.5 L4
1957VW5Vanwall 254 2.5 L4
1956Maserati 250FMaserati 250F1 2.5 L6
1955250FMaserati 250F1 2.5 L6
1954Maserati 250FMaserati 250F1 2.5 L6
1953Connaught A-SeriesLea-Francis 2.0 L4
1952500Ferrari 500 2.0 L4

The 1953 season would see Salvadori make the move over to the Connaught factory team. While he would go on to secure some front row starting positions and a victory or two, the Connaught still just could not compete with the major factory teams based on the European continent.

While Salvadori's single-seater career would have sporadic moments of greatness his sportscar career is where he would really shine. Throughout 1951 and 1952, while taking part in sportscar races throughout England, Salvadori would become a regular on the podium and would win his first race at the National Goodwood in 1952. He would follow this victory up with another victory in the National Snetterton and another National Goodwood later on in the year. He would then sweep all of the events as part of the National Thruxton in August of 1952.

After a 3rd place finish in the Goodwood 9 Hour race on the 16th of August in 1952 it was clear it was time for Salvadori to take part in the big endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.1953 would see Salvadori battle it out with little success in single-seaters. However, in sportscar races, Salvadori would continue to prove his worth as he would earn a number of podium finishes and a few victories. However, his attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Aston Martin would not fare all that well. Co-driving with George Abecassis, the clutch failure in the number 26 Aston Martin would lead to an early retirement for Salvadori in his first Le Mans attempt.

1954 would see Salvadori earn a great opportunity with another garage owner Sid Greene. Greene's Gilby Engineering would provide Salvadori with a Maserati 250F in which to take part in Formula One World Championship and non-championship races. Meanwhile, Salvadori's sportscar performances had earned him a seat with Aston Martin and a drive with Jaguar.

Driving for Aston Martin and for Gilby Engineering, Salvadori would begin to travel the world taking part in some of the most famous of endurance races. He would continue to earn some very solid success and would even win a few races, but he would again come up short at Le Mans retiring in the number 8 Aston Martin DB3S that he shared with Reg Parnell.

Reg Parnell and Salvadori would be regularly mentioned together at races throughout England as they were often the only two in the field driving 2.5-liter Formula One machines. This would set up some titanic battles between the two at such races as the Lavant Cup, BARC and the August Cup. Often at these races Salvadori and Parnell would cross the finish line nose-to-tail.

MK4  MK4  T53  T53  T51  T51  T43 Mark II  T43 Mark II  T45  T45  T43 Mark II  T43 Mark II  250F  250F  
250F  250F  A-Series  
Unfortunately, when it came to World Championship races, Salvadori would experience the kind of drought that would only have the Sahara jealous. Ever since his World Championship debut in 1952, Roy would experience retirement after retirement. In fact, out of ten races contested between 1953 and 1956, Salvadori would retire early in every single one of them. But after scoring his first World Championship points at the British Grand Prix in 1957, Roy's Formula One career would take something of a turn and 1958 would prove to be his most successful campaign in his Formula One history.

Salvadori's first World Championship points would come after he switched to drive for the Cooper Car Company. While he would follow up his 2 points in the British Grand Prix with two-straight retirements it seemed things had turned for the Anglo-Italian. All of a sudden, Roy would have to work at failing a race in 1958. Over the course of the season he would earn two podium finishes, including a 2nd place at the German Grand Prix and would leave the season 4th in the World Championship standings having earned 15 points.

Over the period of his next three seasons in Formula One, the ratio of retirements to finishes would run about equal. This would be a welcome change given the earlier three seasons in which he never even finished a race. At such races as the German and British Grand Prix in 1958, Salvadori would out-duel the likes of Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren and Phil Hill to earn some of his greatest results. And though he would never go on to score a victory in a Formula One World Championship race his talent and drive would be well respected by his peers.

United Kingdom Drivers  F1 Drivers From United Kingdom 
George Edgar Abecassis
Henry Clifford Allison
Robert 'Bob' Anderson
Peter Arundell
Peter Hawthorn Ashdown
Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley
Gerald Ashmore
William 'Bill' Aston
Richard James David 'Dickie' Attwood
Julian Bailey
John Barber
Donald Beauman
Derek Reginald Bell
Mike Beuttler
Mark Blundell
Eric Brandon
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
Thomas 'Tommy' Bridger
David Bridges
Anthony William Brise
Chris Bristow
Charles Anthony Standish 'Tony' Brooks
Alan Everest Brown
William Archibald Scott Brown
Martin John Brundle
Ivor Léon John Bueb
Ian Burgess
Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
Michael John Campbell-Jones
Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman
Max Chilton
James 'Jim' Clark, Jr.
Peter John Collins
David Marshall Coulthard
Piers Raymond Courage
Christopher Craft
Jim Crawford
John Colum 'Johnny Dumfries' Crichton-Stuart
Tony Crook
Geoffrey Crossley
Anthony Denis Davidson
Colin Charles Houghton Davis
Tony Dean
Paul di Resta
Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly
Kenneth Henry Downing
Bernard Charles 'Bernie' Ecclestone
Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards
Victor Henry 'Vic' Elford
Paul Emery
Robert 'Bob' Evans
Jack Fairman
Alfred Lazarus 'Les Leston' Fingleston
John Fisher
Ron Flockhart
Philip Fotheringham-Parker
Joe Fry
Divina Mary Galica
Frederick Roberts 'Bob' Gerard
Peter Kenneth Gethin
Richard Gibson
Horace Gould
Keith Greene
Brian Gubby
Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood
Bruce Halford
Duncan Hamilton
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
David Hampshire
Thomas Cuthbert 'Cuth' Harrison
Brian Hart
Mike Hawthorn
Brian Henton
John Paul 'Johnny' Herbert
Damon Graham Devereux Hill
Norman Graham Hill
David Wishart Hobbs
James Simon Wallis Hunt
Robert McGregor Innes Ireland
Edmund 'Eddie' Irvine, Jr.
Chris Irwin
John James
Leslie Johnson
Thomas Kenrick Kavanagh 'Ken' Kavanagh
Rupert Keegan
Christopher J. Lawrence
Geoffrey Lees
Jackie Lewis
Stuart Nigel Lewis-Evans
Michael George Hartwell MacDowel
Lance Noel Macklin
Damien Magee
Nigel Ernest James Mansell
Leslie Marr
Anthony Ernest 'Tony' Marsh
Steve Matchett
Raymond Mays
Kenneth McAlpine
Perry McCarthy
Allan McNish
John Miles
Robin 'Monty' Montgomerie-Charrington
Dave Morgan
Bill Moss
Sir Stirling Moss
David Murray
John Brian Naylor
Timothy 'Tiff' Needell
Lando Norris
Rodney Nuckey
Keith Jack Oliver
Arthur Owen
Dr. Jonathan Charles Palmer
Jolyon Palmer
Michael Johnson Parkes
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald 'Tim' Parnell
Reginald Harold Haslam Parnell
David Piper
Roger Dennistoun 'Dennis' Poore
David Prophet
Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
David Charles Purley
Ian Raby
Brian Herman Thomas Redman
Alan Rees
Lance Reventlow
John Rhodes
William Kenneth 'Ken' Richardson
John Henry Augustin Riseley-Prichard
Richard Robarts
Alan Rollinson
Tony Rolt
George Russell
Roy Francesco Salvadori
Brian Shawe-Taylor
Stephen South
Michael 'Mike' Spence
Alan Stacey
William Stevens
Ian Macpherson M Stewart
James Robert 'Jimmy' Stewart
Sir John Young Stewart
John Surtees
Andy Sutcliffe
Dennis Taylor
Henry Taylor
John Taylor
Michael Taylor
Trevor Taylor
Eric Thompson
Leslie Thorne
Desmond Titterington
Tony Trimmer
Peter Walker
Derek Stanley Arthur Warwick
John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson
Peter Westbury
Kenneth Wharton
Edward N. 'Ted' Whiteaway
Graham Whitehead
Peter Whitehead
Bill Whitehouse
Robin Michael Widdows
Mike Wilds
Jonathan Williams
Roger Williamson
Justin Wilson
Vic Wilson
But while Salvadori's greatest success came during the 1958 Formula One World Championship, there were numerous other opportunities that would be lost to mechanical issues and other events that would dull the image people have of Salvadori. There would be numerous opportunities throughout his 47 Formula One starts when Roy found himself in the lead only to have it all come to naught because of some issue.

Such mechanical woes would absolutely come to ruin some of Salvadori's best performances. One of those incredible, and, yet, forgotten performances would come during the 1961 US Grand Prix held at Watkins Glen in upstate New York. In that race, Innis Ireland was in the lead enjoying a comfortable lead. However, Salvadori was putting together an incredible performance in the Yeoman Credit Racing Team's Cooper T53. When on his game, Roy could challenge even the best to a spirited duel and on this day he would prove it once again. Innis Ireland was well out front but Salvadori began to catch him up hand over fist. It seemed there was absolutely nothing Ireland could do. Roy was in a class unto himself on this day. However, the Cooper could not keep pace with what its driver was capable of doing at the wheel. As a result, mechanical issues would bring an end to the incredible charge and would leave Roy out of the race. Still, it was yet another opportunity in which people got to see the real talent Salvadori possesses. Unfortunately, it would be one of the final opportunities people would have to see Salvadori in all his glory charging toward the front in a Formula One car.

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Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton
2018 L. Hamilton
2019 L. Hamilton

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