Guy Mairesse

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Guy Mairesse
Born (1910-08-10)10 August 1910
Died 24 April 1954(1954-04-24) (aged 43)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
Active years 1950-1951
Teams non-works Lago-Talbot
Entries 3
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1950 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1951 French Grand Prix

Guy Mairesse (10 August 1910 – 24 April 1954)[1] was a racing driver from France. He participated in 3 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 3 September 1950. He scored no championship points.

Mairesse built up a haulage business between the wars[2] and became interested in motor sport in 1946 through his friendship with Le Mans driver, Paul Vallée.[2] He won the Lyon-Charbonnières Rally in 1947[2] and then purchased a Delahaye from Vallée for 1948, with which he was victorious at Chimay.[2]

In 1949 Mairesse joined Vallée's team, Ecurie France, to race the Lago-Talbot and took fourth place at Pau and fifth at Albi.[2] In 1950 he finished second at Le Mans with Pierre Meyrat using a single seat Talbot.[2] Towards the end of that season the Vallée team closed and Mairesse purchased the Le Mans car and a Lago-Talbot T26C which he used to enter the 1950 Italian Grand Prix from which he retired and the Swiss and French Grands Prix in 1951, finishing 11 laps down and "not classified" on each occasion.[1] Thereafter business commitments curtailed his involvement in racing and he sold his cars in 1952 appearing infrequently in other owners' machinery.[2]

Mairesse was killed in practice for the Coupe de Paris at Montlhéry in 1954 when he swerved to avoid another car and crashed into a concrete wall.

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 WDC Pts
1950 Guy Mairesse Lago-Talbot T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 GBR MON 500 SUI BEL FRA ITA
Ret
NC 0
1951 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Lago-Talbot T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 SUI
14
500 BEL FRA
9
GBR GER ITA ESP NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 239. ISBN 0851127029. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 238. ISBN 0851127029.