Vittorio Brambilla dies aged 63

Former Grand Prix winner Vittorio Brambilla died from a heart attack on Saturday in Camparada di Lesmo, Brianza, Italy, where the 63-year old Italian lived. Brambilla had competed in Formula One from 1974, when he had made his Grand Prix debut...

Former Grand Prix winner Vittorio Brambilla died from a heart attack on Saturday in Camparada di Lesmo, Brianza, Italy, where the 63-year old Italian lived.

Brambilla had competed in Formula One from 1974, when he had made his Grand Prix debut in South Africa with the March-Ford team, to 1980, when he retired after driving for the Alfa Romeo team.

After a total of 79 Grands Prix, Brambilla achieved a victory, a pole position and a fastest lap, his one and only victory scored at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix at Zeltweg.

Nicknamed the "Monza Gorilla", Brambilla had been involved in motor racing since 1957, when he took on motorcycling.

According to initial reports, Brambilla was working on his garden when he suffered the heart attack. An ambulance arrived a few moments later, but there was nothing they could do.

-FOSA www.fosa.org

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