Formula Vintage: Fangio makes 4 with Ferrari to be a great year for Spain

despite the critical hits it had received the championship in his 6 years of life, the death of one of their big stars and an overall aura of negativity towards the sport of engine, the Formula 1 was going ahead. Ferrari and Maserati divided the best that Mercedes left behind in your frightened, the pilots. After a 1955 very complicated, the Scuderia took on a complete renovation: retired their outdated models, and worked in the D50 purchased to Lancia, who gave a great performance. To pilot it, no one better than Juan Manuel Fangio, the surrounding 3-ambitious pilots: Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso (from Maserati) and the ex-pilot of HMW Peter Collins, . Maserati responded with the hiring of Stirling Moss, who could not find a british car competitive, We would accompany the Jean Behra and Cesare Perdisa, a substitute for Roberto Mieres had been delivered to his other great passion, sailing.

Gordini, which was experiencing financial problems, aligned to Robert Manzon and Hermano da Silva Ramos, and put it in liza T32, his first single-seater is specifically designed for the championship and that looked like the last L8 seen in Formula 1. Finally, Vanwall was launched to compete the whole year with your own car (VW 2) and engine (L4). Maurice Trintignant, from Ferrari, it was his signing star, next to Harry Schell. BRM also planned to participate throughout the year, with Mike Hawthorn and the rookie Tony Brooks as pilots, but their commitments with Le Mans and various delays only allowed to appear sporadically. In addition, Louis Rosier and Horace Gould were the only private who competed regularly, in their own Maseratis. The great absence, apart from Mieres, was Karl Kling, who went on to be head of motorsport Mercedes for their activities in the rallies. All the countries that cancelled his Grand Prix the previous year were included again in the calendar with the exception of Switzerland which had banned the competitions of motor.

Or Gordini or Vanwall were present in Argentina, where Maserati, which had not yet signed to Perdisa, it took 4 cars extra, two of them for the local José Froilán González and , Carlos Menditeguy. BRM, in addition, it ranked a Maserati for Hawthorn, by not having your car ready. As well, low 13 cars of the grill were all Italian. The “Lancia-Ferrari” dominated, and Fangio won the pole position with more than 2 seconds of lead over Castellotti, Musso and Behra, but a bad exit complicated the day. A surprising Menditeguy, who went out sixth, was the leader on lap 4, and held on to Gonzalez, Castellotti, Fangio and Moss to suffer a breakdown on lap 42.

Shortly before, Gonzalez, Fangio and Castellotti also dropped out with mechanical problems, although Fangio got in the car of Musso. After a first attempt that ended in a spin, was able to overtake Behra and attack Moss, passing the british to 30 laps from the end to debut with Ferrari in the most high, sharing the victory with Musso, despite a claim of Maserati for assistance illegal for the argentine after his spin. The engine of Moss wore several turns smoking from an oil leak and ended up breaking shortly after that happen to her Behra, the leader of the championship, that he finished ahead of Hawthorn. In spring, during the long waiting period between the grands prix of Argentina and Monaco, the organizers of the races of the Netherlands (June) and Spain (October), both with financial troubles, canceled their events.

cars BRM made their appearance in Monaco, but neither Hawthorn or Brooks would start the test due to mechanical problems severe. Fangio repeated pole, but Moss passed him at the exit and the argentine was long in Santa Devota, where Schell and Musso collided trying to esquivarle. He returned to the track in fifth place. Ahead, Collins was no match for a Moss intractable, and departed on lap 28 to pass Fangio, but the argentine, in quite a low way that day, it hit the guards in the chicane and gave his seat to Castellotti once it was repaired. The young Collins, following orders, went down 20 turns after that Fangio would come up to the car, to the fury of the british press, which harshly criticized the argentine for this fact. More inspired, went on to Moss. The british lost two seconds per lap after colliding with his teammate Perdisa, who failed the brakes, when you try bending their, but managed to win with 6 seconds of advantage. Behra was third and retained the lead in the World.

Giuseppe Farina returned to run the Indianapolis 500-mile race with a Ferrari, but was left wanting after not being able to be in the early days of classification, and to meet with a torrential rain when he appeared. The circus moved to Belgium, without BRM, Gordini or Luigi Musso, who missed 3 races due to an accident at the Nürburgring. Fangio had been visibly upset with that Ferrari does not proclaim himself as the number 1 team, and was suspicious of its mechanics, but that’s not prevented him from attaining the pole position with a lap stratospheric, 5 seconds faster than Moss and Collins. Under a heavy rain, fell to the 5th position in the output, although in round 5 because he was a leader and soon the rain stopped. On lap 24, however, he failed the suspension and had to give up the lead to Collins. This time, I climbed into his car, and the briton got his first win.

With Behra seventh due to a failure in the engine, Collins empataba to the front of the general with Moss. This lost a wheel on lap 10 going up Eau Rouge, although without colliding with anything. Sprinted on foot to return to the pits and took the car Perdisa, who finished third. The journalist-pilot Paul Frére, replacement of Musso in this race, took advantage of the dropouts to be 2nd to his fans in what would be his last GP. Maserati had expanded its team by hiring the pilot Spanish Paco Godia, which finally achieved a seat factory permanent. The repsol honda rider qualified 13th in a grid of 15, but suffered an accident in the rainy first round.

In the return of Formula 1 to the long straights of Reims, the news was the entry of Bugatti, which was intended to recapture the glory of past decades. Piloted the T251 Trintignant, who obtained permission from Vanwall. He was replaced by Hawthorn, even without your BRM and desperate by the slow Maserati private. Maserati suffered in the path gaul, being surpassed even by Vanwall and Ferrari won the first line, with Fangio, Castellotti and Collins, who dominated the test at the beginning. To the middle of the race, Schell jumped on the Vanwall of Hawthorn, gave chase to the Ferrari and went on to Castellotti and Collins, that thought that it was Hawthorn unfolding. When the team realized, Fangio put land of by means and the Ferrari we reviewed, after which problems in the tank he sank. Fangio also suffered a leak, and had to make a long pit stop, losing any option of victory. Finished fourth after a Behra held on their attacks. Collins attacked Castellotti and ahead of each other a few times until Ferrari were ordered to maintain positions, so that Collins, the shy british of 24 years old that claimed to run just for the fun of it, achieved his second victory. Moss, who had to take the car of Perdisa, he could only be fifth.

With Musso even outside of combat, Ferrari hired Alfonso de Portago, a noble spaniard of life crazy whose great passions were the bobsled and racing cars. In a grid of 20 cars, ranked in 9th place, and was fourth on lap 12, but he broke the gearbox on the 20 when it reached out to their peers. Godia, for his part, managed to finish in a good seventh place after starting in 17th. Bugatti, on the other hand, failed miserably. Trintignant qualified 18th and dropped out on lap 16 because of the throttle. The owner of the trademark lost the interest in developing the car, and it went down in history as the only appearance of Bugatti in Formula 1. As a curious note, Vanwall put a third car for Colin Chapman, that years later would be the designer of the Lotus that dominated Formula 1 in the 60’s. Ranked a surprising fifth place, ahead of Hawthorn, but an accident with him in the practice prevented him from starting the race.

Silverstone was once again the home of the GP of the United Kingdom, and the expectation to see the leader Peter Collins was maximum. The path continued without measuring the times to the tenth, and Moss won the pole with the same time as Fangio, a 1:41. Hawthorn put his BRM in third place, ahead of Collins, and put to the front in the out with his partner, Brooks. Fangio surpassed Brooks, but trompeó shortly after. Moss went later to the BRM, which have left the mechanic: Hawthorn has suffered a transmission problem and Brooks, who was already 5th by a mechanical problem and a spin, he suffered a spectacular accident in which it was thrown, suffering only a concussion and a broken jaw. After a break in the deposit of the Maserati private Roy Salvadori, Fangio was second, and went on to lead the test when Moss had to stop due to a sudden loss of power.

despite being very depleted after suffering a high fever the previous days, and the feeling of being “physically died”, Fangio achieved a very important victory. Moss broke the shaft of the transmission to only 6 laps from the end, burying their choices of title. Collins had to leave due to a problem of oil pressure, giving the position of the podium Of Portago, who had climbed from the 12th position. To minimize the loss of points with Fangio, Collins got in the car of the Spanish to 20 laps from the end, and the abandonment of the Moss gave them the second position. Of Portago, therefore, achieved the that was the only podium finish for a Spanish driver in Formula 1 in 47 years. The Marquis ended his career in style: with the asked to finish the race on the damaged car for Eugenio Castellotti, it broke down to 8 laps from the end, pushed him to the finish line, and waited to fall the checkered flag fumándose a cigarette. Jean Behra completed the podium ahead of the Connaught Jack Fairman, and clung to their choices of title, 4 points from Collins and 3 of Fangio. Paco Godia, who ranked 25th in a grid 28, filmed the entire race on the low side, and took advantage of the bounce to finish 8th.

With the fight for the title at all high, came the Nordschleife. Vanwall left to investigate a problem with the gas tanks, and also traveled BRM, leaving that Maserati and Ferrari are to meet without interference. Fangio, who hired their own mechanics to be wary of the Ferrari, and Collins staged a huge fight for the pole position that he won the argentine by 3 tenths after almost 10 minutes back. Collins pipped to the post in the output to Fangio but the argentine would regain the lead in the same lap and ended up taking the victory and his second Grand Chelem. It was a horrible day for Collins, whose problems gave the podium to Moss and Behra: suffered a rupture of a conduit of gas on lap 8, and fumes poured into the cockpit I did get to pit almost fainted. After she recovered, got in the car of de Portago, who was fourth after starting 10th, and went on to get third, but committed a strange error that made him trompear and leave.

Only 6 cars crossed the line, and one of them was Paco Godia. 16th in a grid of 22, Godia ended up initially 5th and next-to-last, scoring his first points, but the Maserati private Bruce Halford was disqualified for outside assistance, promoted to Godia to a fantastic 4th position. Louis Rosier finished last, but managed to score for the first time in 5 years that would be his last Grand Prix. After finishing the season, he suffered a serious accident in a race of sports in France. Although not suffered injury or lost consciousness, a splinter of the windshield struck him in the neck, costing him his life 3 weeks after.

For the first time in 5 years, the title would be decided in the last race, although Fangio had at hand. It was enough for him to finish in the top 5 or set the fastest lap, and even though it’s not achieved, Collins and Behra needed to win and make fastest lap to whisk you. The argentine did not want surprises and managed to pole. Behra qualified 5th and Collins 7th after failing in his best lap. Fangio advised his teammates Castellotti and Musso, who went out with him, to maintain wheels, and leave him set the pace; at the end of the race, he would pass for one of the 2 to win. These he ignored, and had outstripped him in the output, but it went from aggressive and destroyed the wheels in only 4 laps, with Moss, Schell, Fangio and Collins formed a group in head that Musso joined shortly after. lap 18, Fangio suffered a fracture in the address, and the repair made him lose numerous positions. Without options to score, he ceded his car to Castellotti waiting to get in the of Musso. However, by stopping in the pit lane, the Italian refused and continued the race, placing 2nd after the abandonment of Schell.

With Behra out of combat from the round 23 by a mechanical problem, Collins in 3rd place, it was in an ideal situation to try to go for Moss and win the championship. But he did not. To 15 laps from the end, stopped in for new wheels, saw Fangio and without a word offered him his car, to the jubilation of the argentine, that I would never forget this gesture. Moss was on the point of losing the victory at the out of fuel 5 laps from the end, and being pushed literally to the garage for the Maserati private Luigi Piotti, but to Musso broke the address on the cant 2 laps later, and Moss repeated as runner-up with his 2nd win of the year. Fangio finished second in the car of Collins, who finished 3rd overall, and both won the praise of the whole world. The british explained that he wanted to become as soon as a celebrity, that it would make that fly because it was not fun and I had plenty of time to be champion.

multiple withdrawals allowed Ron Flockhart finish on the podium with a Connaught. Paco Godia, coming in 17th, had a golden opportunity to finish on the podium, as it was ahead of Flockhart’s until the turn 18. Content with another fourth place, which allowed him to finish the championship in 6th position. For his part, De Portago, 9th on the grid, he left soon to suffer a puncture in the cant. Completed, well, that was the best year of Spain in Formula 1 until 2003. This was also the last race for some of the best luxury side of the beginning of the decade, as Luigi Villoresi (Maserati, instead of Perdisa), Piero Taruffi (third car of Vanwall) and Robert Manzon (Gordini).

The champion was the same as that of the previous two years, and not without merit of yours. Fangio returned to make a play teacher to go to Ferrari, which took advantage of the Lancia to be the best team of the year. Without overwhelming as Mercedes, made the difference: only Maserati would have vied with them for a hypothetical constructors championship, 8 points. Even so, was a complicated year and controversial for the argentine, which would not have been champion had it not been for the immense sportiness of Peter Collins. The british influence was beginning to be noticeable in the grill, both the car and drivers, a trend that had not done more to start.

1 Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 30
2nd Stirling Moss Maserati 27
3rd Peter Collins, Ferrari 25
4th Jean Behra Maserati 22
5th Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 7,5
6th Paul Frére Ferrari 6
PACO GODIA Maserati 6
8th Jack Fairman Connaught 5
9th Luigi Musso Ferrari 4
Mike Hawthorn Maserati / Vanwall / BRM 4
Ron Flockhart Connaught / BRM 4
12 ALFONSO DE PORTAGO Ferrari 3
Cesare Perdisa Maserati 3
Harry Schell Vanwall / Maserati 3
15 Louis Rosier Maserati 2
Luigi Villoresi Maserati 2
Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 2
Horace Gould Maserati 2
Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 2
20th Gerino Gerini Maserati 1,5
Chico Landi Maserati 1,5

Without points (with, at least, two grand prix competitions): André Pilette (Ferrari / Gordini), Luigi Piotti (Maserati), Robert Manzon (Gordini), André Simon (Gordini / Maserati) Roy Salvadori (Maserati), Maurice Trintignant (Vanwall / Bugatti), Umberto Maglioli (Maserati), Bruce Halford (Maserati), José Froilán Gonzalez (Maserati / Vanwall) and Piero Taruffi (Maserati / Vanwall).