Jose Froilan Gonzalez
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José Froilán González
José Froilán González 1950.jpg
Born(1922-10-05)5 October 1922
Arrecifes, Argentina
Died15 June 2013(2013-06-15) (aged 90)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityArgentina Argentine
Active years1950-1957, 1960
TeamsMaserati, Talbot-Lago, Ferrari, Vanwall
Career points72 17 (77 914)[1]
Pole positions3
Fastest laps6
First entry1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win1951 British Grand Prix
Last win1954 British Grand Prix
Last entry1960 Argentine Grand Prix

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.[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, six fastest laps, and 72 17 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.

Physically well built, González was nicknamed The Pampas Bull (by his English fans) and El Cabezón (Fat Head, by his Argentine fans). His close friends, like Juan-Manuel Fangio and Roberto Mieres, called him Pepe.

Sixtieth anniversary tribute

González demonstrating a Ferrari 500 in 2000

On 10 July 2011, during the British Grand Prix meeting, González was honoured by the Ferrari team and the FIA on the 60th anniversary of Ferrari's first Formula One World Championship race victory. As part of the celebration, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso drove González' Ferrari 375 F1 for four laps of the Silverstone track. Later that day, Alonso won the British Grand Prix in his Ferrari 150º Italia.


He died in Buenos Aires from respiratory failure, aged 90, after a downturn in health following a heart attack earlier in 2013.[3][4]

Racing record

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

* Shared drive.
** Joint fastest lap.
+ González started the race in a Ferrari 553 Squalo, but took over one of his teammates' 625 during the race.

Complete Formula One non-championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

1Gonzalez drove the 553 in the heat and the 625 in the final of the 1954 BRDC International Trophy.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

1950 Simca Gordini T15s, as raced, and retired, at the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans by José Froilán González and Juan Manuel Fangio
Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1950 France Automobiles Gordini Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Simca-Gordini T15S Compresseur S 3.0 95 DNF
1951 France Henri Louveau Argentina Onofre Marimón Talbot-Lago T26 GS S 5.0 128 DNF
1953 Italy Scuderia Lancia Italy Clemente Biondetti Lancia D20 Compressor S 8.0 213 DNF
1954 Italy Scuderia Ferrari France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 375 Plus S 5.0 302 1st 1st

Other race results

  • Grand Prix of Interlagos: 3rd, (1952), Formula Libre
  • Grand Prix of Rio de Janeiro 1st, (1952), Formula Libre
  • Grand Prix of Buenos Aires 1st, (1951), Formula Libre
  • Glover Trophy: 1st, (1952), Formula Libre
  • Supercortemaggiore: 2nd, (1954)
  • Monsanto Park Circuit: 1st, (1954)
  • 1000 miles of Buenos Aires: 3rd, (1956), 1st (1960)
  • 500 miles of Rafaela: 1st, (1958), 1st (1959)


  1. ^ a b Up until 1990, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see list of points scoring systems for more information). Number without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. ^ "The Formula One Archives". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Ferrari's first GP winner, dies at age 90". 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Brown, Allen. "Jose Froilan Gonzalez". Retrieved 2018.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
With: Maurice Trintignant
Succeeded by
Preceded by BRDC International Trophy

Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest driver to start
a Formula One race

27 years, 228 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest driver to score a
podium position in Formula One

28 years, 269 days
(1951 French Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest Grand Prix polesitter
28 years, 282 days
(1951 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Youngest Grand Prix
race winner

28 years, 282 days
(1951 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Preceded by 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)
Preceded by
Alberto Ascari
33 years, 107 days
(1951 season)
Youngest Formula One
World Drivers' Championship runner-up

32 years, 19 days
(1954 season)
Succeeded by
Stirling Moss
25 years, 302 days
(1955 season)

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