Maurice Trintignant

Maurice Trintignant

French racing driver
Date of Birth: 30.10.1917
Country: France

  1. Biography of Maurice Trintignant
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Rise to Prominence
  4. Career with Scuderia Ferrari
  5. Later Years and Retirement

Biography of Maurice Trintignant

Maurice Trintignant, a French racing driver, was a star in the Formula 1 racing scene during the 1950s and 1960s. Known for his practicality and cautious driving style, he was considered one of the most skilled and careful drivers of his time.

Maurice Trintignant

Early Life and Career

Maurice Trintignant was born in a wealthy family as the youngest of five sons to a vineyard owner. Like three of his four brothers, he developed a passion for motorsports. Despite his brother Louis' tragic death in a racing accident in 1933, Maurice took the wheel of the same "Bugatti" on which his brother had perished, finishing fifth in the "Grand Prix de Pau" race. In 1939, he secured a victory at the "Grand Prix de Frontière" in Chimay.

However, his racing career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. During the war, Maurice did not participate in any races. After the war, he returned to racing and faced difficulties with his "Bugatti" due to a fuel delivery problem caused by rat feces that had filled the car's tank during its wartime storage. This incident earned him the nickname "Le Petoulet" (The Rat Droppings).

Rise to Prominence

Trintignant switched to racing with an "Amilcar" and achieved a victory at a race in Avignon in 1947. He then joined the "Gersac" team, driving a "Delage" car, before moving on to the "Simca Gordini" team. In the 1948 season, he won races in Perpignan and Montlhéry. However, tragedy struck during the Swiss Grand Prix in Bremgarten, where three drivers lost their lives. Trintignant was thrown from his car and spent eight days in a coma.

In early 1949, Maurice made a comeback and won the "Circuit des Ramparats" race in Angoulême. He continued to achieve victories in Geneva-1950, Albi, and Cadours-1951, as well as in Cadours-1953, becoming the French champion in 1953. Despite his successes, the "Gordini" cars were not reliable enough, resulting in Trintignant only scoring points three times in the Formula 1 seasons from 1950 to 1953, finishing in fifth place each time.

Career with Scuderia Ferrari

Trintignant joined the "Scuderia Ferrari" team, where he became the second driver behind Mike Hawthorn. In the 1954 and 1955 championships, he finished in fourth place overall and secured his first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1955. However, in 1956, Maurice decided to leave Ferrari but returned in 1957, finishing in twelfth place in the championship.

In the 1958 season, Trintignant claimed seventh place overall, winning the Monaco Grand Prix. Although he only scored points twice, he retired from three out of nine races. In 1959, Maurice achieved two podium finishes and three point-scoring finishes, securing fifth place in the championship. In the Argentine Grand Prix, he and Stirling Moss were not awarded points for sharing a car during the race. Following this incident, Trintignant failed to finish any race.

Later Years and Retirement

From 1961 to 1963, Trintignant failed to score any points and only finished two races. He then purchased a "BRM P57," finishing fifth at the 1964 German Grand Prix and securing 16th place in the overall standings. This marked the end of his Formula 1 career.

In the 1965 Le Mans race, Maurice competed with a "Ford GT" but went off the track and did not finish. Trintignant retired from racing, ending his successful career in motorsports.