Uncrowned Champion🏆 #11
Wolfgang Von Trips🇩🇪
Wolfgang was born on the 4th of May 1928 in Cologne, Germany.
Wolfgang was born in a castle in Germany where he practiced a lot of horse riding when he was younger. Wolfgang had a severe form of diabetes which caused him to faint a lot. He started of riding bikes before he switched to 4 wheels. He was extremely talented as he had shown in his first race in Mille Migla in 1954 with a sportscar race which saw him finish 2nd. He was noticed by Von Frenkerberg (Mercedes Sporting Director). He raced for him with a 300 SLR with Wolfgang finishing 3rd behind Fangio and Moss. Ferrari showed interest in Wolfgang and offered him a seat for the Italian Grand prix in Monza. He couldn't start after a crash. He did race in 1957 for the team where he finished 6th on his debut. He finished 3rd in Monza in his 3rd race behind Fangio and Moss. Wolfgang his best season was in 1961. He managed to win 2 races with him leading the championship in Monza. It all went wrong for Von trips in the 2nd lap of the race in Monza. Von trips collided with Jim Clark in Parabolica which caused him to spin and crash into the enbankment which was topped by spectators. Von Trips was thrown out of the car and killed instantly while his Ferrari crashed into the public which caused 15 people to die.Von trips his death was a sad day in motorsport history as he was seen as an extremely fast driver who could race with the likes of Clark Moss and Fangio. Von Trips opened a go kart race track in Kerpen which was leased by Rolf Schumacher, the father of Michael and Ralf Schumacher who made their first laps on that track. Schumacher his win in Spa 1992 was the first win for a German in F1 since von Trips in Aintree 1961. Von Trips his nickname was the Red Baron. Trips won 2 races, 1 pole position and 6 podiums in his 27 race carreer. .
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