• Italian Grand Prix 1955

Mercedes bows out with another Fangio win

Martin Williamson September 11, 1955
Eugenio Castellotti with his Ferrari 'Squalo' before the start of the Italian Grand Prix © Getty Images
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Juan Manuel Fangio, already confirmed as champion, won the final round of the severely-truncated season at the Italian Grand Prix.

In what was to be its last Formula One race for decades, Mercedes signed off with another 1-2, although it was Piero Taruffi who followed Fangio over the line and not Stirling Moss.

Monza had been extended to 6.2 miles by the inclusion of two high-speed banked sections while Lancia returned to the fray, now running under the Ferrari banner. More than 300,000 spectators lined the circuit and the race was started by the Italian president.

Within a lap or two four Mercedes were out front, a situation that only altered when Karl Kling, in what was to be his final race, retired on the 33rd lap and soon after Moss was forced out.

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Martin Williamson is managing editor of digital media ESPN EMEA Martin Williamson, who grew up in the era of James Hunt, Niki Lauda and sideburns, became managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group in 2007 after spells with Sky Sports, Sportal and Cricinfo