José Froilán González
5 October 1922|
|Died||15 June 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1950–1957, 1960|
|Teams||Maserati, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari, Vanwall|
|Career points||72 1⁄7 (77 9⁄14)|
|First race||1950 Monaco Grand Prix|
|First win||1951 British Grand Prix|
|Last win||1954 British Grand Prix|
|Last race||1960 Argentine Grand Prix|
José Froilán González (October 5, 1922 – June 15, 2013) was an Argentine racing driver, particularly notable for scoring Ferrari's first win in a Formula One World Championship race at the 1951 British Grand Prix. He made his Formula One debut for Scuderia Achille Varzi in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. His last Grand Prix was the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix.
González competed in 26 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix over nine seasons (1950–1957 and 1960) and numerous non-Championship events. In the 26 World Championship races, González scored two victories (the 1951 British Grand Prix and the 1954 British Grand Prix), seven second place finishes, six third place finishes, three pole positions, six fastest laps, and 72 1⁄7 points. He won the 1951 Coppa Acerbo, in 1954 the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Maurice Trintignant, and the Portuguese Grand Prix for Ferrari.
González's nicknames were The Pampas Bull (by his English fans) and El Cabezón (Fat Head, by his close colleagues).
Sixtieth anniversary tribute
On 10 July 2011, during the British Grand Prix meeting, González was honoured by the Ferrari team and the FIA on the 60th anniversary of Ferrari's first Formula One World Championship race victory. As part of the celebration, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso drove González' Ferrari 375 F1 for four laps of the Silverstone track. Later that day, Alonso won the British Grand Prix in his Ferrari 150° Italia.
He died in Buenos Aires from respiratory failure, aged 90.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
|1950||Automobiles Gordini||Juan Manuel Fangio||Simca-Gordini T15S Compresseur||S 3.0||95||DNF|
|1951||Henri Louveau||Onofre Marimon||Talbot-Lago T26 GS||S 5.0||128|
|1953||Scuderia Lancia||Clemente Biondetti||Lancia D.20 Compressor||S 8.0||213|
|1954||Scuderia Ferrari||Maurice Trintignant||Ferrari375 Plus||S 5.0||302||1st|
- Up until 1990, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see list of points scoring systems for more information). Number without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
- "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved 2007-07-25.