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The 250F Grand Prix Maserati
A classic front-engined single seat racing car from Italy
By the mid point of the race, Fangio was trailing both Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins by nearly a minute, and the chances of the Argentinian sealing the win looked remote.
Following a pitstop, Fangio set off in pursuit of the two cars from the rival Italian firm. Lap after lap he broke the lap record, already set by Collins earlier in the same race. Over the course of the next 22 laps, the record would be broken a total of ten times by the Maserati driver, as he set his sights on victory.
By taking corners in a higher gear than normal, he slowly but surely reeled the Ferraris in as he lapped the original 14 mile Nurburgring track. In the final laps of the race, Fangio pipped both Collins and Hawthorn to cross the line first, recording perhaps his, and the cars', most famous victory. It would be 1957 that saw Juan Fangio win his 5th, and final, World Championship, with other team drivers being Jean Behra and Harry Schell.
An interesting variation on the theme was the Tec-Mec 250F. The Maserati team withdrew from factory involvement in Formula 1 in 1958, primarily due to spiralling debts for the company. At this time Valerio Colotti left the firm, along with some early designs for an updated 250F that was being looked into.
He set up a design company (Studio Tecnica Meccanica) and once funding had been arranged, set to building this new car, the TecMec 250F. The car's debut was the Sebring circuit in the USA, 1959. After just 6 laps the car retired, with no more success coming later. Bruce McLaren won that race, heading up a 1-2 for the rear engined Cooper Climax. Phil Cade has also been down to run a standard privateer 250F in the race, but did not start.
The era of front-engined GP cars was by this time coming to an end, and the TecMec design soon withdrew from front-line competition.
This, and earlier, Maseratis are now regularly seen in historic motor races everywhere, 250Fs taking the fight to numerous other front-engined GP cars such as the Ferrari Dino 246, Connaught, Vanwall and Cooper Bristol.
Find out more about the 250F.
Maserati.com for all new Maser news.
8W - Racing Maseratis.
Alex Reade Motorsport Prints.
250F books & photos for sale.
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