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The Ferrari Legends - Wolfgang von Trips Painting by Simon Read

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The son of a noble Rhineland family Wolfgang von Trips established sportscar success with Mercedes and Porsche in the late fifties before joining Ferrari for 1957 and making his Grand Prix debut at Argentina. Following the 1959 season with Porsche Wolfgang was back with Ferrari for 1960. Popular among his peers the young German worked with American Phil Hill to prepare Ferrari for the following season's new 1500cc F1 Rules. With F2 wins at Syracuse and Solitude things were looking good for 1961. For 1961 the Ferrari 156 "Sharknose" was mainly challenged by the Rob Walker Lotus of Stirling Moss. Moss won at Monaco and later in Germany, just ahead of Von Trips. However, victories for the German at Zandvoort and Aintree brought the championship within reach with two races to go. Von Trips only needed a third place finish at Monza to secure Germany's first Grand Prix Driver's Championship. Instead the fatal crash at Monza, which also killed fifteen spectators, robbed the sport of another talented personality. Phil Hill was closest in points and would take the title that year despite the fact that Ferrari sat out the final race. Simple dry statistics fail to conjure the atmosphere of that time, the sheer daring of the drivers, their courage and camaraderie in an era when motorsport was extremely dangerous by any standard.

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