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Francesco Salvadori passed away today, the 3rd of June 2012, just a few weeks after Carroll Shelby, with whom the Brit had shared the winning Aston Martin DBR1 at Le Mans in 1959.

Roy Salvadori’s Formula 1 debut came in 1953, racing predominantly in non-Championship events before being asked to drive for the works Cooper squad and later the front-engined Aston Martin DBR4 which did not arrive on the scene until 1959. He later drove for the Yeoman Credit team, in whose Cooper he almost won the 1961 US Grand Prix. At the end of 1962 he retired from Formula 1 and quit sports car racing a couple of years later. A successful motor trader, he became heavily involved in the Cooper-Maserati squad in 1966-67 as team manager before retiring to Monaco.

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