José Froilán González

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José Froilán González
Nationality Flag of Argentina Argentine
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 - 1957, 1960
TeamsMaserati, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari, Vanwall
Races26
Championships0
Wins2
Podiums15
Career points72.14 (77.64)[1]
Pole positions3
Fastest laps6
First race1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win1951 British Grand Prix
Last win1954 British Grand Prix
Last race1960 Argentine Grand Prix

José Froilán González (born October 5, 1922 in Arrecifes) is an Argentine former 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 and six fastest laps. González scored 72.14 points and led 14 times in nine Grands Prix, for 270 laps, making a career lead of 1363.85 kilometers or approximately 847.457 miles. 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).

Gonzalez demonstrating a Ferrari 500


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 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 BEL 3rd 24
(27)
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 6.5
1953 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati L6 ARG
3
500 NED
3*
BEL
Ret
FRA
3
GBR
4
GER SUI ITA 6 13.5
(14.5)
1954 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari L4 ARG
3
500 BEL
4*
GBR
1
GER
2*
SUI
2
ITA
3*
ESP 2nd 25.14
(26.64)
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.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Up until 1990, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see list of pointscoring systems for more information). Number without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. "The Formula One Archives". http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/archive/f1/title.html. Retrieved on 25 July 2007. 
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
Geoff 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 Pole Position
Winner

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)