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First Ferrari winner, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, dies at 90 15 Jun 2013

1951 British Grand Prix. Silverstone, Great Britain. 14 July 1951. Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Ferrari 375, 1st position, action. Jose Froilan Gonzalez (ARG). FIA Historic Grand Prix, Argentina, 13-22 October 2011. Jose Froilan Gonzalez (ARG) getting help from his mechanics. Non Championship Formula One, Richmond Trophy, Goodwood, England, 14 April 1952.

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 Gonzalez’s 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 ‘Pampas Bull’, the stocky Gonzalez’s 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.

Gonzalez’s 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.

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