Maurice Trintignant

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Maurice Trintignant
FIA Super Licence Flag of France France
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 Formula One season - 1964 Formula One season
TeamsGordini, Ferrari inc. non-works, Vanwall, Rob Walker Racing Team, Scuderia Centro Sud, Bugatti, Aston Martin, British Racing Motors inc privateer, Scuderia Serenissima, Reg Parnell Racing
Races84 (82 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins2
Podiums10[1]
Career points72.33
Pole position0
Fastest lap1
First race1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win1955 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win1958 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race1964 Italian Grand Prix

Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant (30 October 1917, Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Vaucluse13 February 2005, 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 F1. 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, Picardie — and the uncle of renowned French film actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.

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Racing career


He began racing in 1938, and won the 1939 Grand Prix des Frontières, but his career was interrupted by World War II, during which his own Bugatti was stored in a barn. When he rebuilt it for a 1945 event, the Coupé de la Liberation, he overlooked a clogged fuel filter, which caused him to drop out of the event. It transpired that the filter was plugged with rat droppings, earning him the unenviable nickname Le Petoulet, "the rat-droppings".[2]

By 1950 Le Petoulet was successful enough to be offered a Factory-backed drive for the Gordini team, in the newly-formed Formula One World Championship racing series. He competed in F1 every year until his retirement after the 1964 season. During this long career Trintignant scored two victories, at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1955 Monaco Grand Prix and 1958 Monaco Grand Prix. 1954 and 1955 were his best Championship years, and he finished 4th 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 Prototypes in the 1956 French Grand Prix, becoming the last driver to represent the famed marque at a Grand Prix race.[3] 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)[4], near the town of Vergèze, in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine growing region, where he would eventually be elected mayor. Trintignant died, aged 87, in 2005.

Major career wins

  • Grand Prix d’Albigeois - 1951
  • Grand Prix de Caen - 1952, 1954
  • Grand Prix de Pau - 1958, 1959 (Formula Two), 1962 Pau Grand Prix (F1)
  • Grand Prix de Rouen - 1954
  • Grand Prix des Frontières - 1938, 1939, 1953
  • Monaco Grand Prix - 1955 Monaco Grand Prix, 1958 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans - 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans

Complete Formula One World Championship results


(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1950 Formula One season Gordini Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 1950 British Grand Prix
1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1950 Indianapolis 500
1950 Swiss Grand Prix
1950 Belgian Grand Prix
1950 French Grand Prix
1950 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
1951 Formula One season Gordini Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
1951 Indianapolis 500
1951 Belgian Grand Prix
1951 French Grand Prix
Ret
1951 British Grand Prix
1951 German Grand Prix
Ret
1951 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1951 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
1952 Formula One season Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 166 F2 Ferrari V12 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
DNS
21st 2
Gordini Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 1952 Indianapolis 500
1952 Belgian Grand Prix
1952 French Grand Prix
5
Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 1952 British Grand Prix
Ret
1952 German Grand Prix
Ret
1952 Dutch Grand Prix
6
1952 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1953 Formula One season Gordini Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 1953 Argentine Grand Prix
7 *
1953 Indianapolis 500
1953 Dutch Grand Prix
6
1953 Belgian Grand Prix
5
1953 French Grand Prix
Ret
1953 British Grand Prix
Ret
1953 German Grand Prix
Ret
1953 Swiss Grand Prix
Ret
1953 Italian Grand Prix
5
11th 4
1954 Formula One season Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 625 Ferrari
Straight-4
1954 Argentine Grand Prix
4
1954 Indianapolis 500
4th 17
Scuderia Ferrari 1954 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1954 French Grand Prix
Ret
1954 British Grand Prix
5
1954 German Grand Prix
3
1954 Swiss Grand Prix
Ret
1954 Italian Grand Prix
5
Ferrari Ferrari 553 1954 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1955 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari
Straight-4
1955 Argentine Grand Prix
2+3 †
1955 Monaco Grand Prix
1
1955 Indianapolis 500
1955 British Grand Prix
Ret
4th 11.33
Ferrari Ferrari 555 1955 Belgian Grand Prix
6
1955 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1955 Italian Grand Prix
8
1956 Formula One season Vanwall Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
1956 Argentine Grand Prix
1956 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1956 Indianapolis 500
1956 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1956 British Grand Prix
Ret
1956 German Grand Prix
1956 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti Prototypes Bugatti
Straight-8
1956 French Grand Prix
Ret
1957 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari V8 1957 Argentine Grand Prix
1957 Monaco Grand Prix
5
1957 Indianapolis 500
1957 French Grand Prix
Ret
1957 British Grand Prix
4 ‡
1957 German Grand Prix
1957 Pescara Grand Prix
1957 Italian Grand Prix
13th 5
1958 Formula One season Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper Car Company Cooper T45 Coventry Climax
Straight-4
1958 Argentine Grand Prix
1958 Monaco Grand Prix
1
1958 Dutch Grand Prix
9
1958 Indianapolis 500
1958 German Grand Prix
3
1958 Portuguese Grand Prix
8
1958 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1958 Moroccan Grand Prix
Ret
7th 12
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati
Straight-6
1958 Belgian Grand Prix
7
British Racing Motors BRM BRM P25 British Racing Motors Straight-4 1958 French Grand Prix
Ret
Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper Car Company Cooper T43 Coventry Climax
Straight-4
1958 British Grand Prix
8
1959 Formula One season Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Coventry Climax
Straight-4
1959 Monaco Grand Prix
3
1959 Indianapolis 500
1959 Dutch Grand Prix
8
1959 French Grand Prix
11
1959 British Grand Prix
5
1959 German Grand Prix
4
1959 Portuguese Grand Prix
4
1959 Italian Grand Prix
9
1959 United States Grand Prix
2
5th 19
1960 Formula One season Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Coventry Climax
Straight-4
1960 Argentine Grand Prix
3
NC 0[5]
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati
Straight-4
1960 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1960 Indianapolis 500
1960 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1960 Belgian Grand Prix
1960 French Grand Prix
Ret
1960 United States Grand Prix
15
Aston Martin Aston Martin Aston Martin DBR4/250 Aston Martin Straight-6 1960 British Grand Prix
11
1960 Portuguese Grand Prix
1960 Italian Grand Prix
1961 Formula One season Scuderia Serenissima Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Maserati
Straight-4
1961 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1961 Dutch Grand Prix
1961 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1961 French Grand Prix
13
1961 British Grand Prix
1961 German Grand Prix
Ret
1961 Italian Grand Prix
9
1961 United States Grand Prix
NC 0
1962 Formula One season Rob Walker Racing Team Team Lotus Lotus 24 Coventry Climax V8 1962 Dutch Grand Prix
1962 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1962 Belgian Grand Prix
8
1962 French Grand Prix
7
1962 British Grand Prix
1962 German Grand Prix
Ret
1962 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1962 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1962 South African Grand Prix
NC 0
1963 Formula One season Reg Parnell Racing Lola Racing Cars Lola Mk4 Coventry Climax V8 1963 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1963 Belgian Grand Prix
1963 Dutch Grand Prix
NC 0
Team Lotus Lotus 24 1963 French Grand Prix
10
1963 British Grand Prix
1963 German Grand Prix
Scuderia Centro Sud BRM BRM P57 British Racing Motors V8 1963 Italian Grand Prix
9
1963 United States Grand Prix
1963 Mexican Grand Prix
1963 South African Grand Prix
1964 Formula One season Maurice Trintignant BRM BRM P57 British Racing Motors V8 1964 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1964 Dutch Grand Prix
1964 Belgian Grand Prix
1964 French Grand Prix
11
1964 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1964 German Grand Prix
5
1964 Austrian Grand Prix
1964 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1964 United States Grand Prix
1964 Mexican Grand Prix
17th 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
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tony Rolt
Duncan Hamilton (racing driver)
List of 24 Hours of Le Mans winners
1954 24 Hours of Le Mans with:
José Froilán González
Succeeded by
Mike Hawthorn
Ivor Bueb
Records
Preceded by
Stirling Moss
67 entries, 66 starts
(1951 Formula One season - 1961 Formula One season)
List of Formula One driver records
84 entries, 82 starts
(1950 Formula One season - 1964 Formula One season),
68th at the 1961 French Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Jack Brabham
128 entries
(126 starts),
85th at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix


References


  1. Total of 10 podiums includes both 2nd and 3rd places at the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
  2. Michael Kettlewell, World of Automobiles (Orbis, 1974), Volume 20, p.2368
  3. Mattijs Diepraam , Colombo's flawed brilliance, 8W, October 1998.
  4. ibid.
  5. No points awarded for shared drive with Stirling Moss in the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix
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