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Robert Manzon
Born (1917-Template:MONTHNUMBER-12)12 1917
Marseille, France
Died Template:Death date and age
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Formula One career
Nationality 22px-Flag of France French
Years 19501956

Robert Manzon (12 April 1917 – 19 January 2015) was a French racing driver. He participated in 29 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 21 May 1950. He achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 16 championship points. At the time of his death, Manzon was the last surviving driver to have taken part in the first season of Formula One in 1950.

CareerEdit

Manzon began his career as a mechanic and after World War II he started racing, initially with a Cisitalia D46. Earning a contract with the Gordini team for 1948, Manzon took third place in the 1948 Grand Prix de Geneva and won some minor races although his machinery was not always reliable.[1]

He continued with Gordini into the new Formula One era, scoring points at the 1950 French Grand Prix, and finishing sixth in the World Drivers' Championship in 1952, taking third place in the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix. He left Gordini in 1953 and joined Louis Rosier's team, which was campaigning Ferraris. He subsequently achieved his second podium at the 1954 French Grand Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari 625.[1]

Manzon then returned to the Gordini team, but found little success in World Championship events. Outside the Championship, he won the 1956 Naples Grand Prix and a sports car race at Pescara.[1]

Manzon died at his home in the south of France on 19 January 2015 aged 97.[2]

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Equipe Simca Gordini Simca Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 GBR
MON
Ret
500
SUI
BEL
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
14th 3
1951 Equipe Simca Gordini Simca Gordini Type 15 Gordini Straight-4 SUI
500
BEL
FRA
Ret
GBR
GER
7
ITA
Ret
ESP
9
NC 0
1952 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 SUI
Ret
500
BEL
3
FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
5
ITA
14
6th 9
1953 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG
Ret
500
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
ITA
NC 0
1954 Equipe Rosier Ferrari 625 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG
500
BEL
FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
9
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
15th 4
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 553 SUI
DNS
1955 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG
MON
Ret
500
BEL
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
ITA
NC 0
1956 Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG
DNA
MON
Ret
500
BEL
NC 0
Gordini Type 32 Gordini Straight-8 FRA
9
GBR
9
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret

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