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Formula 1: Ferrari legend Jose Froilan Gonzalez dies aged 90

Ferrari legend Jose Froilan Gonzalez dies aged 90

Jose Froilan Gonzalez
Tributes have been paid to racing driver Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the Argentine who delivered Ferrari’s first Formula 1 win, who has died aged 90.

The ‘Pampas Bull’ won the 1951 British Grand Prix at Silverstone for Ferrari.

Gonzalez died on Saturday in a Buenos Aires hospital.

Scuderia president Luca di Montezemolo said: “As a driver and a man he played an integral part in our history. His death means we have lost a true friend.”

Jose Froilan Gonzalez (right) with Michael Schumacher

Jose Froilan Gonzalez (right) with Michael Schumacher

Gonzalez scored Ferrari’s first F1 victory just a year after making his championship debut with Maserati.

He beat compatriot and five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio for that historic first win.

His Formula 1 career spanned a decade and 26 grands prix.

He won one more race – also at Silverstone, in 1954 – finished second on seven occasions and was third six times in an era when driver fatalities were commonplace.

Gonzalez also won the Le Mans 24 Hours race for Ferrari with Frenchman Maurice Trintignant in 1954.

Di Montezemolo added: “The news of the death of Gonzalez saddened me greatly.

“We had spoken not that long ago, talking about cars and racing, the topics he was most enthusiastic about.

“Over all these years, he was always very attached to Ferrari.”

[source:bbc]