José Froilán González

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José Froilán González
José Froilán González 1950.jpg
Born (1922-10-05)5 October 1922
Arrecifes, Argentina
Died 15 June 2013(2013-06-15) (aged 90)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Argentina Argentine
Active years 19501957, 1960
Teams Maserati, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari, Vanwall
Races 26
Championships 0
Wins 2
Podiums 15
Career points 72 17 (77 914)[1]
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 6
First race 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1951 British Grand Prix
Last win 1954 British Grand Prix
Last race 1960 Argentine Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1950-1951 1953-1954
Teams Automobiles Gordini
Henri Louveau
Scuderia Lancia
Scuderia Ferrari
Best finish 1st (1954)
González demonstrating a Ferrari 500

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.[2] 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 17 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[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

He died in Buenos Aires from respiratory failure, aged 90.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Pts.[1]
1950 Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati L4C GBR MON
Ret
500 SUI BEL FRA
Ret
ITA NC 0
1951 José Froilán González Talbot-Lago T26C-GS Talbot L6 SUI
Ret
500 3rd 24
(27)
Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati L4 BEL
DNA
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari V12 FRA
2*
GBR
1
GER
3
ITA
2
ESP
2
1952 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati L6 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER NED ITA
2**
9th 6 12
1953 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati L6 ARG
3
500 NED
3*
BEL
Ret
FRA
3
GBR
4**
GER SUI ITA 6th 13 12
(14 12)
1954 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari L4 ARG
3
500 BEL
4*
GBR
1
GER
2*
SUI
2
ITA
3*
ESP 2nd 25 17
(26 914)
Ferrari 553 Ferrari L4 FRA
Ret
1955 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari L4 ARG
2*
MON 500 BEL NED GBR ITA 17th 2
1956 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati L6 ARG
Ret
MON 500 BEL FRA NC 0
Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall L4 GBR
Ret
GER ITA
1957 Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari V8 ARG
5*
MON 500 FRA GBR GER PES ITA 21st 1
1960 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Dino 246 Ferrari V6 ARG
10
MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA NC 0

* Shared drive.
** Joint fastest lap.
González started the race in a Ferrari 553 Squalo, but took over one of his team mates' 625 during the race.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

1950 Simca Gordini T15s, as raced, and retired, at the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans by José Froilán González and Juan Manuel Fangio
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1950 France Automobiles Gordini Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Simca-Gordini T15S Compresseur S 3.0 95 DNF
1951 France Henri Louveau Argentina Onofre Marimon Talbot-Lago T26 GS S 5.0 128
1953 Italy Scuderia Lancia Italy Clemente Biondetti Lancia D.20 Compressor S 8.0 213
1954 Italy Scuderia Ferrari France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari375 Plus S 5.0 302 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved 2007-07-25. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Rolt
Duncan Hamilton
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1954 with:
Maurice Trintignant
Succeeded by
Mike Hawthorn
Ivor Bueb
Preceded by
Mike Hawthorn
BRDC International Trophy winner
1954
Succeeded by
Peter Collins
Records
Preceded by
Geoffrey Crossley
29 years, 2 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest Driver to start
a Formula One race

27 years, 228 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Troy Ruttman
20 years, 80 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Manny Ayulo
29 years, 221 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest Driver to score a
Podium Position in Formula One

28 years, 269 days
(1951 French Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Troy Ruttman
22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Walt Faulkner
30 years, 103 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest Grand Prix Polesitter
28 years, 282 days
(1951 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Jerry Hoyt
26 years, 121 days
(1955 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Johnnie Parsons
31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest Grand Prix Race
Winner

28 years, 282 days
(1951 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Troy Ruttman
22 years, 80 days
(1952 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Johnnie Parsons
31 years, 330 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Youngest driver to set
Fastest Lap in Formula One

29 years, 338 days
(1952 Italian Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Hans Herrmann
26 years, 131 days
(1954 French GP)