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Count Wolfgang von Trips

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Count Wolfgang von Trips

Full Name:  Count Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips
Nationality:  German

Former race car and Formula 1 driver.

Count von Trips died at Monza in 1961 while competing for the Formula 1 championship.  During the race, he had attempted to pass Jim Clark.  As von Trips attempted to get back in the racing line in front of Clark, their tires touched.  Both cars spun out of control and crashed.  von Trips' Ferrari hit a steel guardrail, came back across the track and hit a chain-link fence, killing 14 spectators and injuring many more.  Count von Trips was thrown from the vehicle, then the Ferrari flipped end-over-end, landing back in the middle of the track.  Count von Trips was dead.

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Formula 1 Race History

Formula 1 Race History

Racing Record Notes

DateGrand PrixConstructorGridFinishPoints
January 13, 1957ArgentineFerrari1160
May 19, 1957MonacoFerrari9Retired0
September 2, 1957ItalianFerrari834
May 18, 1958MonacoFerrari11Retired0
July 6, 1958FrenchFerrari2134
July 19, 1958BritishFerrari11Retired0
August 3, 1958GermanFerrari543
August 24, 1958PortugueseFerrari652
September 7, 1958ItalianFerrari6Retired0
May 10, 1959MonacoPorsche12Retired0
December 12, 1959United StatesFerrari660
February 7, 1960ArgentineFerrari552
May 29, 1960MonacoFerrari880
June 6, 1960DutchFerrari1552
June 19, 1960BelgianFerrari11Retired0
July 3, 1960FrenchFerrari5110
July 16, 1960BritishFerrari761
August 14, 1960PortugueseFerrari943
September 4, 1960ItalianFerrari652
November 20, 1960United StatesCooper-Maserati1690
May 14, 1961MonacoFerrari643
May 22, 1961DutchFerrari219
June 18, 1961BelgianFerrari226
July 2, 1961FrenchFerrari2Retired0
July 15, 1961BritishFerrari419
August 6, 1961GermanFerrari526
September 10, 1961ItalianFerrari1Retired0

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