We love this portrait of the Italian driver Felice Bonetto, taken before the Bari Grand Prix for F2 cars which was held on June 12, 1949. Bari is a city on the southern part of Italy’s Adriatic coast and the circuit was a temporary street circuit which ran along the sea coast, around the western part of the city center and was called the Circuito del Lungomare.
Ferrari together with some private entrants had brought a slew of cars, mostly the two-liter 166F2 versions of their 1949 single seater chassis. The rest of the field at Bari was made up of three Maserati A6GCS sports cars, a Cisitalia D46, a privately-owned Ferrari, an OSCA and a Stanguelini. Here is Bonetto during the race in the Ferrari 166 Corsa F2.
Scuderia Ferrari had officially entered four cars plus Bonetto’s for which he was the entrant although the car was probably loaned by the Scuderia. Below are the Ferrari starters. N. 8 in the yellow and blue of Argentina was the one started by Chico Landi and subsequently taken over by Luigi Villoresi after his car (n. 2) had failed. Together, they would finish fourth. N. 14 will be driven by Alberto Ascari who will win the race after a long duel with Bonetto and Franco Cortese who would finish second with car n. 12. Bonetto had n. 20 and would finish third.
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