Ernesto Brambilla

Ernesto Brambilla

31/1/1934

Professional race car driver from Italy. Elder brother of famous driver Vittorio Brambilla, and a notoriously hard racer who had some success with F2 Ferraris. He was entered for 2 Formula One Grand Prix, firstly in Italy in 1963 with Scuderia Centro Sud, driving a Cooper, which he failed to qualify. For the 1969 race he was entered by Ferrari, but the car was ultimately driven by Pedro Rodriguez as Tino damaged his ribs when he crashed his scooter on a pre-event recce lap. He persuaded Pedro Rodriguez to wear his overalls and helmet in order to qualify the car on his behalf. The masquerading Mexican duly obliged, but come race day Tino was still in too much pain and was forced to withdraw.

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