Wolfgang von Trips  Germany

  • Full name Wolfgang Graf Alexander Berghe von Trips
  • Birth date May 4, 1928
  • Birthplace Horrem, Germany
  • Date of death September 10, 1961 (33 years 129 days)
  • Place of death Monza, Italy
  • Teams Cooper, Ferrari, Porsche
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1956 Ferrari 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
1957 Ferrari 3 3 0 1 2 3 0 0 8 0 0 4 14
1958 Ferrari 6 6 0 1 3 3 0 0 5 0 0 9 11
1959 Porsche, Ferrari 3 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
1960 Ferrari, Cooper 9 9 0 0 8 4 0 0 5 0 0 10 7
1961 Ferrari 7 7 2 4 5 1 1 4 1 0 0 33 2
Total 29 27 2 6 19 1 1 4 1 0 0 56
Race Circuit Date
First race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 2, 1956 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 10, 1961 Race results
Profile

Until Michael Schumacher won the World Championship in 1994, von Trips was Germany's most successful grand prix driver. Always quick, he shrugged off the reputation as a crasher he had garnered in his early career when he rejoined Ferrari in 1960. A number of top-six placings that year were followed by a determined assault on the World Championship in 1961.

Two wins and two second places from six races had him bang on target as he arrived at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. However, after taking pole, he made a poor start and, trying to protect his position on the first lap, collided with Jim Clark. His car crashed into the crowd, killing 14 spectators. Von Trips also died, leaving team-mate Phil Hill to clinch a bitter world title.

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

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September 10, 1961

The body of Wolfgang von Trips lies on the edge of the track

September 10, 1961

Wolfgang von Trips in action minutes before his fatal crash

August 1, 1961

Wolfgang von Trips a few days before his fatal crash

     

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