Gonzalez: Ferrari's first F1 winner

Gonzalez: Ferrari's first F1 winner

Jose Froilan Gonzalez, known as 'The Pampas Bull' for his tough, hard-charging approach, was the first driver to win a world championship grand prix for Ferrari. Back in 2010, Tony Watson spoke to him for AUTOSPORT

When Jose Froilan Gonzalez unexpectedly overcame a three-car team of pre-war Mercedes-Benz racers on two successive weekends in February 1951, at the wheel of privateer Ferrari on Buenos Aires' coast-front roads, little did he know that four months later he'd be forming part of the works Ferrari team, playing a central role in Alfa Romeo's first Formula 1 world championship defeat.

"It was for me a terrific happiness racing for Ferrari, and then I had the luck of being able to win that day at Silverstone in July 1951," he says.

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