Formula 1 racer and Le Mans winner Roy Salvadori dies

Roy SalvadoriFormer grand prix driver and 1959 Le Mans winner Roy Salvadori has died at the age of 90.

Born in London to Italian parents, Salvadori entered 50 world championship Formula 1 races between 1952 and 1962, starting with a private Ferrari at the '52 British Grand Prix, where he finished eighth, before contesting five rounds for Connaught the following year.

Salvadori achieved success in non-points events with a Sid Greene-entered Maserati from 1954 to '56, but had a tougher time in world championship meetings, scoring just one race finish in five outings.

His greatest years would come with Cooper and Aston Martin. Driving for the former in F1 in 1958, Salvadori scored two podiums and finished fourth in the points.

Although his involvement with Aston's F1 programme was far less successful, he did win Le Mans for the marque in 1959, sharing the victorious car with Carroll Shelby, who also passed away this year, and took third alongside Jim Clark in the 1960 24 Hours.

Salvadori spent the final part of his F1 career with Reg Parnell's team, before retiring from grand prix racing at the end of 1962.

He would continue in sportscars and touring cars for a further three seasons before returning to F1 in 1966 as team manager at Cooper. Following two years in that role, he left F1 and spent his retirement living in Monaco.

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