Roy Salvadori has died aged 90. Roy was a big star of British Motorsport in the 1950s racing in both Formula One and Sportscars.
He made his Formula One debut in his home Grand Prix in 1952 in a Caprara team Ferrari. He made sporadic appearances in Formula One for Connaught and Gilby Engineering Maserati until his first full season in 1957. In 1957 he started the season at the Owen Racing BRM team, switching to Tony Vandervells Vanwall team for the French Grand Prix, ending up with Cooper for the end of the season. It was with Cooper that he got his first World Championship points for fifth place in the British Grand Prix. In 1958 he stayed with Cooper and had his best season, second in Germany, third in Great Britain, fourth in the Netherlands and fifth in Italy gave him fourth place in the Championship. He drove privateer Coopers and Aston Martins in 1959 and 1960 without success and scored his next points with Cooper in Great Britain and Italy in 1961. His Formula One career came to an end in 1962 driving for Lola he retired in all eight races that the car entered.
His biggest success came in 1959 at the Le Mans 24 Hours race where, driving an Aston Martin DBR1 he and the late Carroll Shelby won the race helping the team win the World Sportscar Championship.