Philippe Etancelin  France

  • Full name Philippe Etancelin
  • Birth date December 28, 1896
  • Birthplace Rouen, France
  • Date of death October 13, 1981 (84 years 289 days)
  • Place of death Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • Teams Maserati, Talbot-Lago
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Talbot-Lago 6 6 0 0 3 5 0 0 4 0 0 3 18
1951 Talbot-Lago 5 5 0 0 2 8 0 0 10 0 0 0 -
1952 Maserati 1 1 0 0 1 8 0 0 18 0 0 0 -
Total 12 12 0 0 6 5 0 0 4 0 0 3
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Silverstone May 13, 1950 Race results
Last race French Grand Prix Rouen July 6, 1952 Race results
Profile

A prosperous farmer and wool merchant, "Phi Phi" was another of the over-50s gang who lined up on the grid at Silverstone in 1950 for the first-ever World Championship round. It was a different world back then.

Famed for his back-to-front cloth cap, he had starred for Bugatti in the 1930s and had won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Alfa Romeo in 1934, with Luigi Chinetti. The following year he was injured in an accident when his car overturned. He raced an aged Lago-Talbot in 1950, yet still scored two fifth place finishes, before retiring from the World Championship in 1952.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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October 2, 1948

Last-minute tinkering on Philippe Étancelin's Talbot-Lago

     

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