Maurice Trintignant

Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant (30 October 1917, in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Vaucluse – 13 February 2005, in Nîmes) was a motor racing driver and vintner from France. He competed in the Formula One World Championship for fourteen years, between 1950 and 1964, one of the longest careers in the early years of Formula One. During this time he also competed in sports car racing, including winning the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Following his retirement from the track Trintignant concentrated on the wine trade.

Maurice Trintignant was the brother of Bugatti race car driver Louis Trintignant — who was killed in 1933, in practice, at Péronne, Picardy — and the uncle of renowned French film actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Maurice Trintignant
Born30 October 1917
Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Vaucluse, France
Died13 February 2005 (aged 87)
Nîmes, Gard, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years19501964
TeamsGordini, Ecurie Rosier, Ferrari inc. non-works, Vanwall, Rob Walker Racing Team, Scuderia Centro Sud, Bugatti, Aston Martin, BRM inc privateer, Scuderia Serenissima, Reg Parnell Racing
Entries84 (81 starts)[a]
Championships0
Wins2
Podiums10[3]
Career points72 ​13
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
First entry1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win1955 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win1958 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1964 Italian Grand Prix

Racing career

He began racing in 1938, and won the 1939 Grand Prix des Frontières, but his career was interrupted by the Second World War, during which his own Bugatti was stored in a barn. When he rebuilt it for an event of 1945, the Coupé de la Liberation, he overlooked a clogged fuel filter, which caused him to drop out of the race. It transpired that the filter was plugged with rat droppings, earning him the unenviable nickname Le Petoulet, "the rat-droppings man".[4]

By 1950 Le Petoulet was successful enough to be offered a works drive for the Gordini team, in the newly formed Formula One World Championship racing series. He competed in Formula One every year until his retirement after the 1964 season. During this long career Trintignant scored two victories, both at the Monaco Grand Prix, in 1955 and 1958. 1954 and 1955 were his best Championship years and he finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship in both.

During the course of his career, Trintignant drove a huge variety of cars, for many different teams: both works and privateer. Unusually, at the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix Trintignant shared both second and third places, a product of the Scuderia Ferrari policy of passing cars to their top drivers, should their original car break down. In 1956 he drove the Bugatti Type 251 in the French Grand Prix, becoming the last driver to represent the famed marque at a Grand Prix race.[5] Even in his final season, driving his own BRM P57, he scored points, taking fifth place at the 1964 German Grand Prix on the intimidating Nürburgring. Following his retirement from racing, Maurice Trintignant returned to a quiet life as a wine-grower (naming his vintage Le Petoulet),[6] near the town of Vergèze, in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine growing region, Trintignant died, aged 87, in 2005.

Major career wins

Racing record

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(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 11 WDC Pts
1950 Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s GBR MON
Ret
500 SUI BEL FRA ITA
Ret
NC 0
1951 Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s SUI
DNA
500 BEL FRA
Ret
GBR GER
Ret
ITA
DNS
ESP
Ret
NC 0
1952 Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 166 F2 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 SUI
DNS
500 BEL 16th 2
Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 FRA
5
Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
6
ITA
Ret
1953 Equipe Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 ARG
7*
500 NED
6
BEL
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
SUI
Ret
ITA
5
12th 4
1954 Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 625 Ferrari 625 2.5 L4 ARG
4
500 4th 17
Scuderia Ferrari BEL
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
3
SUI
Ret
ITA
5
Ferrari 553 Ferrari 554 2.5 L4 ESP
Ret
1955 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari 555 2.5 L4 ARG
2+3†
MON
1
500 GBR
Ret
4th 11 ​13
Ferrari 555 BEL
6
NED
Ret
ITA
8
1956 Vandervell Products Ltd Vanwall VW 2 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 ARG MON
Ret
500 BEL
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER ITA
Ret
NC 0
Automobiles Bugatti Bugatti T251 Bugatti 2.5 L8 FRA
Ret
1957 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 ARG MON
5
500 FRA
Ret
GBR
4‡
GER PES ITA 13th 5
1958 R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T45 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 ARG MON
1
NED
9
500 GER
3
ITA
Ret
MOR
Ret
7th 12
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 BEL
7
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 2.5 L4 FRA
Ret
R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T43 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 GBR
8
POR
8
1959 R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax FPF 2.5 L4 MON
3
500 NED
8
FRA
11
GBR
5
GER
4
POR
4
ITA
9
USA
2
5th 19
1960 R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax FPF 2.5 L4 ARG
3[7]
NC 0
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250S 2.5 L4 MON
Ret
500 NED
Ret
BEL FRA
Ret
USA
15
David Brown Corporation Aston Martin DBR5 Aston Martin RB6 2.5 L6 GBR
11
POR ITA
1961 Scuderia Serenissima Cooper T51 Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 MON
7
NED BEL
Ret
FRA
13
GBR GER
Ret
ITA
9
USA NC 0
1962 R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 NED
WD
MON
Ret
BEL
8
FRA
7
GBR GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
RSA NC 0
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lola Mk4A Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 MON
Ret
BEL NED NC 0
Lotus 24 FRA
8
GBR GER
Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM P56 1.5 V8 ITA
9
USA MEX RSA
1964 Maurice Trintignant BRM P57 BRM P56 1.5 V8 MON
Ret
NED BEL FRA
11
GBR
DNQ
GER
5
AUT
DNA
ITA
Ret
USA MEX 16th 2
* Indicates shared drive with Harry Schell
† Indicates shared drives with José Froilán González and Giuseppe Farina (2nd place) & Giuseppe Farina and Umberto Maglioli (3rd place)
‡ Indicates shared drive with Peter Collins

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1950 France Automobiles Gordini France Robert Manzon Gordini T15S Coupé S 3.0 34 DNF DNF
1951 France Equipe Gordini France Jean Behra Gordini T15S S 1.5 49 DNF DNF
1952 France Ecurie Rosier France Louis Rosier Ferrari 340 America Spyder S 5.0 DNF DNF
1953 France Automobiles Gordini United States Harry Schell Gordini T26S S 3.0 293 6th 1st
1954 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 375 Plus S 5.0 302 1st 1st
1955 Italy Scuderia Ferrari United States Harry Schell Ferrari 121LM S 5.0 107 DNF DNF
1956 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 625 LM Touring S 3.0 293 3rd 2nd
1957 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 250 TR S 5.0 109 DNF DNF
1958 United Kingdom David Brown Racing Dept. United Kingdom Tony Brooks Aston Martin DBR1/300 S 3.0 173 DNF DNF
1959 United Kingdom David Brown Racing Dept. Belgium Paul Frère Aston Martin DBR1/300 S 3.0 322 2nd 2nd
1960 West Germany Porsche KG West Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche 718 RS 60 S 2.0 57 DNF DNF
1961 Italy Scuderia Serenissima Italy Carlo Maria Abate Ferrari 250 GT SWB GT 3.0 162 DNF DNF
1962 France Maserati France Belgium Lucien Bianchi Maserati Tipo 151/1 E +3.0 152 DNF DNF
1964 France Maserati France France André Simon Maserati Tipo 151/3 P 5.0 99 DNF DNF
1965 France Ford France S.A. France Guy Ligier Ford GT40 Roadster P 5.0 11 DNF DNF

Trivia

Notes

  1. ^ Trintignant got sick before the race at Italy in 1951, and was secretly replaced by Jean Behra. Team principal Amédée Gordini did not inform the race organizers about the switch as it would have cut the team's starting fee. Since the organizers were not informed about the driver change Trintignant was initially credited with the race start and some sources still do.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ "Jean Behra - Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Seasons - Italy 1951". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Total of 10 podiums includes both 2nd and 3rd places at the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
  4. ^ Michael Kettlewell, World of Automobiles (Orbis, 1974), Volume 20, p.2368
  5. ^ Mattijs Diepraam, Colombo's flawed brilliance, 8W, October 1998.
  6. ^ ibid.
  7. ^ No points awarded for shared drive with Stirling Moss in the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Rolt
Duncan Hamilton
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1954 with:
José Froilán González
Succeeded by
Mike Hawthorn
Ivor Bueb
Records
Preceded by
Stirling Moss
67 entries, 66 starts
(19511961)
Most Grand Prix entries
84 entries, 82 starts
(19501964)
68th at the 1961 French GP
Succeeded by
Jack Brabham
128 entries, 126 starts
85th at the 1966 Monaco GP
1950 Albi Grand Prix

The 1950 Albi Grand Prix (officially known as XII Circuit de l'Albigeois) was a non-championship Formula One Grand Prix held on 16 July 1950. It was the fourteenth Grand Prix of the year, counting both championship and non-championship races.

The race was contested over two heats of 17 laps after which the times were aggregated. The winner was Louis Rosier in a Talbot-Lago after finishing third and second in respectively Heat 1 and Heat 2. José Froilán González finished second in a Maserati 4CLT-48 and Maurice Trintignant came in third in a Simca-Gordini T15.

1954 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1954 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autódromo 17 de Octubre in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 17 January 1954. It was race 1 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers.

This was Juan Manuel Fangio's first home victory, following Alberto Ascari's win in 1953. He would repeat this with three consecutive victories in the following three years.

1954 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1954 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 20 June 1954. It was race 3 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. The 36-lap race was won by Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from pole position. Maurice Trintignant finished second for the Ferrari team with Fangio's teammate Stirling Moss in third.

1954 German Grand Prix

The 1954 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on 1 August 1954. It was race 6 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. It was the 17th German Grand Prix since the race was first held in 1926 and the 16th to be held at the Nürburgring complex of circuits. The race was won by 1951 world champion, Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio driving a Mercedes-Benz W196. Ferrari 625 drivers Mike Hawthorn (in a shared drive with José Froilán González) and Maurice Trintignant finished second and third for Scuderia Ferrari.

1954 Pau Grand Prix

The 1954 Pau Grand Prix was a non-championship Formula One motor race held on 19 April 1954 at the Pau circuit, in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France. The Grand Prix was won by Jean Behra, driving with Equipe Gordini. Maurice Trintignant finished second and Roberto Mieres third.

1955 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1955 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Buenos Aires on January 16, 1955. It was race 1 of 7 in the 1955 World Championship of Drivers.

The race was won from third on the grid by Juan Manuel Fangio for Mercedes. Ferrari drivers Nino Farina and Maurice Trintignant finished both second and third in two three-way shared drives with José Froilán González and Umberto Maglioli respectively. The high temperatures of the Argentinian summer proved to be very taxing for both drivers and cars. Fangio and Roberto Mieres were the only two drivers able to complete the race without handing their car to another driver.

1955 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1955 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on June 5, 1955. It was race 4 of 7 in the 1955 World Championship of Drivers. The 36-lap race was won by Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from second position. His teammate Stirling Moss finished second and Ferrari driver Nino Farina came in third.

1955 Monaco Grand Prix

The 1955 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on May 22, 1955. It was race 2 of 7 in the 1955 World Championship of Drivers and was given an honorary name, Grand Prix d'Europe. The 100-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Maurice Trintignant after he started from ninth position. Eugenio Castellotti finished second for the Lancia team and Maserati drivers Jean Behra and Cesare Perdisa came in third.

1956 French Grand Prix

The 1956 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 1 July 1956 at Reims. It was race 5 of 8 in the 1956 World Championship of Drivers.

Bugatti made a one-off appearance in this race with their Type 251 driven by Maurice Trintignant. The car proved to be uncompetitive and he retired after 18 laps.

1957 Moroccan Grand Prix

The 1957 Moroccan Grand Prix (officially named the VI Grand Prix de Maroc) was a non-championship Formula One motor race held in 1957, with no points going towards the World Championship. It was held over 55 laps of the 7.651 km Ain-Diab Circuit on 27 October 1957.

This race was won by French driver Jean Behra in a Maserati 250F winning by 30.1 seconds, from British driver Stuart Lewis-Evans in a Vanwall VW5 in second place, and another French driver Maurice Trintignant finishing third in a BRM P25.

The race coincided with an outbreak of Asian flu amongst the Grand Prix community which explains the absence of Stirling Moss and the lacklustre performance of Fangio.

1958 Monaco Grand Prix

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 May 1958 at Monaco. It was race 2 of 11 in the 1958 World Championship of Drivers and race 2 of 10 in the 1958 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was the 16th Monaco Grand Prix and was held over 100 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 314 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Maurice Trintignant in the second and final Grand Prix victory of his long career. The win was the second consecutive victory for the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team. Trintignant took the teams newly acquired Cooper T45 to a twenty-second victory over Italian driver Luigi Musso driving a Ferrari Dino 246 with Musso's British teammate Peter Collins (Ferrari Dino 246) was third.

Trintignant's win put doubt in the superiority of front-engined cars. Musso's second place put him into a four-point championship lead over Moss and Trintignant.

1959 Monaco Grand Prix

The 1959 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Monaco on 10 May 1959. It was race 1 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 1 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was also the 17th Monaco Grand Prix. The race was held over 100 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a race distance of 315 kilometres.

The race was won by Australian racer Jack Brabham driving a Cooper T51 for the factory Cooper Car Company team. It was the first win for Brabham, a future three-time world champion. It was the first World Championship Grand Prix victory by an Australian driver. It was also the first win for the factory Cooper team. Coopers had won races previously in the hands of Rob Walker Racing Team. Brabham finished 20 seconds ahead of British driver Tony Brooks driving a Ferrari 246. A lap down in third was the Cooper T51 of French driver and 1958 Monaco Grand Prix winner Maurice Trintignant of the Rob Walker Racing Team.

1959 United States Grand Prix

The 1959 United States Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on December 12, 1959, at Sebring International Raceway. It was race 9 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 8 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.It was the second United States Grand Prix (ninth including the American Grand Prize races of the 1908–16). It was the first and only occasion the race was held at the home of the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance sports car race, the Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The race was held over 42 laps of the 8.36-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 351 kilometres.

The race was won by New Zealander Bruce McLaren driving a Cooper T51 for the works Cooper team, the first win for a New Zealand-born driver. McLaren won by six tenths of a second over French driver Maurice Trintignant driving a Rob Walker Racing Team-entered Cooper T51. British driver Tony Brooks finished third in his Ferrari Dino 246. Championship points leader Australian Jack Brabham ran out of fuel on the last lap and had to push his Cooper T51 across the line to finish fourth. Brooks' third-place finish clinched the title for Brabham. It was the first of three world championships for Brabham, and the first for an Australian, for Cooper and for a rear-engined car.

It was widely reported by the European press at the time that McLaren's win at 22 years, 3 months and 12 days saw him became the youngest-ever Grand Prix winner, a record that would stand for over 40 years. However, the record was in fact held by American driver Troy Ruttman who had won the 1952 Indianapolis 500 when aged 22 years, 2 months and 19 days, meaning that at the time of their respective wins, Ruttman was three weeks younger than McLaren (the Indianapolis 500, while not the usual type of Grand Prix and was ignored by most of the Formula One drivers, was included as a round of the World Championship between 1950 and 1960).

This was the last race until the 1994 Monaco Grand Prix that no former world champions were in the field. This was also the last race where a bonus point for fastest lap would be awarded until the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

1962 Pau Grand Prix

The 22nd Pau Grand Prix was a non-Championship motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 23 April 1962 at Pau Circuit, the street circuit in Pau. The race was run over 100 laps of the circuit, and was won by Maurice Trintignant in a Lotus 18/21, run by the Rob Walker Racing Team.

Derrington-Francis

Derrington-Francis Racing Team was a short-lived Formula One team from Britain. It was founded by Stirling Moss' former chief mechanic, Alf Francis, and engine tuner Vic Derrington, acquiring an old Automobili Turismo e Sport Tipo 100 car after the ATS operation had closed in 1963. The car, named the Derrington-Francis ATS after the team's founders, featured a spaceframe chassis, a short wheelbase and square-shaped aluminium body panels.The car made its début in the 1964 Italian Grand Prix, where it was driven by Portuguese driver Mario de Araujo Cabral. Qualifying 19th on the grid, Cabral fought with Peter Revson and Maurice Trintignant for the first part of the race, before an ignition problem forced him to retire on lap 25. Cabral was to have driven the car in future events, but Dan Gurney damaged the single chassis in private testing and the team did not make another race appearance.

Ferrari 290 MM

The Ferrari 290 MM was a Ferrari race car produced in 1956. It was developed to compete in the 1956 edition of Mille Miglia, hence the acronym "MM", and four cars were built.The 290 MM was powered by a new 3.5 litre, 60° Jano V12. Displacement was 3,490 cc (213 cu in) with a maximum power of 320 HP at 7200 rpm, and a top speed of 280 kilometres per hour (170 mph).The car won the 1956 Mille Miglia, raced by Eugenio Castellotti, while another 290 MM, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, finished fourth. Phil Hill and Maurice Trintignant also won the Swedish Grand Prix of that year, granting Ferrari the overall victory in the 1956 World Sportscar Championship. The following year a 290 MM won the 1000 km Buenos Aires.

On December 10, 2015, RM Sotheby's sold the 290 MM driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia at auction for $25,050,000 — the highest price for a car sold in 2015; the highest price ever paid for a racing car and the third most expensive ever.

Gordini

Gordini (French pronunciation: ​[ɡɔʁdini]) is a division of Renault Sport Technologies (Renault Sport). In the past, it was a sports car manufacturer and performance tuner, established in 1946 by Amédée Gordini, nicknamed "Le Sorcier" (The Sorcerer). Gordini became a division of Renault in 1968 and of Renault Sport in 1976.

José Froilán González

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).

Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes

Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes (Provençal: Santa Celha dei Vinhas) is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.

Nearby cities are Orange and the smaller Bollène. It is also not far from the Mont Ventoux.

Maurice Trintignant, a motor racing driver and vintner, was born here on 30 October 1917.

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