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FAREWELL TO A LEGEND

Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the first man to win a round of the Formula One world championship for Ferrari, has passed away in Buenos Aires aged 90, reports in his native Argentina confirmed on Saturday. Having made his world championship debut for Maserati in 1951, Gonzalez beat friend and compatriot Juan Manuel Fangio to victory in the 1951 British Grand Prix to give the Scuderia their maiden F1 win.

It was to be the first of Gonzalez¹s two victories in a Formula One career that spanned 26 Grands Prix, the other - also for Ferrari at Silverstone coming in 1954 en route to his career-best second place in the driver standings.

Nicknamed the ŒPampas Bull¹, the stocky Gonzalez¹s driving talents extended beyond Formula One racing - he famously won the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race for Ferrari in 1954 alongside Frenchman Maurice Trintignant.

"I had the privilege of meeting Froilan on several occasions, he was a gentleman and an overall outstanding person" stated Velociudad Intl. CEO Eddie Freedman. "I think he represented best what Ferrari has always aimed to achieve in their F1 races, and that is, above winning and excellence, a human and personal side. He will be greatly missed not only for Argentine motor sport, but for the racing community as a whole. May he rest in piece. We will never forget you"

Gonzalez¹s final F1 outing was for Ferrari at his home Grand Prix in 1960. His death means that three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham, 87 becomes the oldest living F1 race winner.

Juan Emilio de Antón
Communications Director
Velociudad Speedcity


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