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Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant (30 October 1917, Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignesmarker, Vauclusemarker – 13 February 2005, Nîmesmarker) was a motor racing driver and vintner from Francemarker. 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 Bugattimarker race car driver Louis Trintignant — who was killed in 1933, in practice, at Péronne, Picardiemarker — and the uncle of renowned French film actor Jean-Louis Trintignant.

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".

By 1950 Le Petoulet was successful enough to be offered a works 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 and 1958. 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 Type 251 in the French Grand Prix, becoming the last driver to represent the famed marque at a Grand Prix race. 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 Nürburgringmarker.

Following his retirement from racing, Maurice Trintignant returned to a quiet life as a wine-grower (naming his vintage Le Petoulet), near the town of Vergèzemarker, in the Languedoc-Roussillonmarker wine growing region, where he would eventually be elected mayor. Trintignant died, aged 87, in 2005.

Major career wins



Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1950 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 GBR

MON
Ret
500

SUI

BEL

FRA

ITA

Ret
NC 0
1951 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 SUI

500

BEL

FRA
Ret
GBR

GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
NC 0
1952 Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 166 F2 Ferrari V12 SUI
DNS
21st 2
Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 500

BEL

FRA
5
Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
6
ITA
Ret
1953 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG
7 *
500

NED
6
BEL
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
SUI
Ret
ITA
5
11th 4
1954 Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 625 Ferrari
Straight-4
ARG
4
500

4th 17
Scuderia Ferrari BEL
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
3
SUI
Ret
ITA
5
Ferrari 553 ESP
Ret
1955 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari
Straight-4
ARG
2+3 †
MON
1
500

GBR
Ret
4th 11.33
Ferrari 555 BEL
6
NED
Ret
ITA
8
1956 Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
ARG

MON
Ret
500

BEL
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER

ITA
Ret
NC 0
Automobiles Bugattimarker Bugattimarker T251 Bugattimarker
Straight-8
FRA
Ret
1957 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari V8 ARG

MON
5
500

FRA
Ret
GBR
4 ‡
GER

PES

ITA

13th 5
1958 Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T45 Climax
Straight-4
ARG

MON
1
NED
9
500

GER
3
POR
8
ITA
Ret
MOR
Ret
7th 12
Scuderia Centro Sud Maseratimarker 250F Maseratimarker
Straight-6
BEL
7
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM Straight-4 FRA
Ret
Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T43 Climax
Straight-4
GBR
8
1959 Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax
Straight-4
MON
3
500

NED
8
FRA
11
GBR
5
GER
4
POR
4
ITA
9
USA
2
5th 19
1960 Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax
Straight-4
ARG
3
NC 0
Scuderia Centro Sud Maseratimarker
Straight-4
MON
Ret
500

NED
Ret
BEL

FRA
Ret
USA
15
David Brown Corporation Aston Martin DBR4/250 Aston Martin Straight-6 GBR
11
POR

ITA

1961 Scuderia Serenissima Cooper T51 Maseratimarker
Straight-4
MON
7
NED

BEL
Ret
FRA
13
GBR

GER
Ret
ITA
9
USA

NC 0
1962 Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus 24 Climax V8 NED

MON
Ret
BEL
8
FRA
7
GBR

GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
RSA

NC 0
1963 Reg Parnell Racing Lola Mk4A Climax V8 MON
Ret
BEL

NED

NC 0
Lotus 24 FRA
10
GBR

GER

Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM V8 ITA
9
USA

MEX

RSA

1964 Maurice Trintignant BRM P57 BRM V8 MON
Ret
NED

BEL

FRA
11
GBR
DNQ
GER
5
AUT

ITA
Ret
USA

MEX

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


References

  1. Michael Kettlewell, World of Automobiles (Orbis, 1974), Volume 20, p.2368
  2. Mattijs Diepraam , Colombo's flawed brilliance, 8W, October 1998.
  3. ibid.
  4. No points awarded for shared drive with Stirling Moss in the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix



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