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Baron Emmanuel "Toulo" de Graffenried (GRAFF-en-reed, born 18 May 1914 in Paris, Île-de-France, France – died 22 January 2007 in Lonay, Morges, Vaud, Switzerland) was a Swiss Grand Prix driver who took part in World Championship races from its inception in 1950 to the Italian Grand Prix of 1956.

Winner of the 1949 British Grand Prix, Toulo was usually a privateer but earned a factory Alfa Romeo drive in the 1951 season.

After his retirement from competition, Toulo was ever present in the paddock as a sporting ambassador for Marlboro until the 1980's.

Toulo took part at the 1998 British Grand Prix in their 50th Anniversary celebrations, driving an early Grand Prix car on a parade lap of the circuit.

Before the Formula 1 World Championship Edit

De Graffenried's racing career began in 1936 in is native Switzerland, driving a Type 6C Maserati and a 3 Litre Alfa Romeo with some of his more memorable results coming at Bremgarten, his home track near Bern of which he would come a bit of a specialist.

Immediately after the war Toulo rose to prominence creating Team Autosport with former Mercedes driver Christian Kautz, driving their new four cylinder Maserati to 5th at the Nations Grand Prix.

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De Graffenried racing in 1947

By 1947 Toulo was racing harder and achieved second behind Nino Farina at Geneva and third at Monaco, again behind Farina and Monaco specialist Louis Chiron but his season was overshadowed by the death of Kautz at Bremgarten.

It was in 1949 that the dapper, trim profile of "Toulo" would achieve his greatest success, taking victory in the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone in a Maserati San Remo 4CLT, backing up strong second place finishes at Pau, Zandvoort, Sweden and Jersey.

Formula One CareerEdit

1950Edit

During 1950 Toulo continued to race the Maserati San Remo 4CLT that he enjoyed much success with in 1949. The Baron raced his Maserati alongside follow nobleman Prince Bira under the Enrico Plate banner.

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De Graffenried at 1950 Brit GP

Toulo was the second highest quaifying Maserati of the 8 entered in the season starting British Grand Prix, placed 8th on the grid, Bira 5th, both out pacing the factory cars but his race was cut short with a lap 36 retirement with engine trouble.

Onto round two and Toulo was involved in the first lap crash that accounted for ten cars at Monaco when the field entered the Tabac corner for the first time to find it flooded by a tidal wave and retired immediately as his teammate Bira collected two world championship points.

The next round that Enrico Plate took part in was the Swiss Grand Prix and Toulo finished at his home race on the same lap as his teammate Bira and fellow Maserati entrant Felice Bonetto but sadly behind the two in sixth with Bira now on five points.

The team missed the Belgian and French Grand Prix's but returned for the season ending Italian Grand Prix. With the now ageing Maserati and an increase of entrees from Alfa Romeo and Ferrari points were going to be a long shot, but in a race of high attrition Toulo finished a creditable sixth for the second race in succession, all be it one place outside the points again.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1950 Enrico Platé Maserati 0 NC Report
1951 SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 16th Report
Enrico Platé Maserati
1952 Enrico Platé Maserati 0 NC Report
1953 Baron de Graffenried Maserati 7 8th Report
1954 Baron de Graffenried Maserati 0 NC Report
1956 Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 23
Starts 22
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 9
Laps Raced 922
Distance Raced 6229 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0


Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 0 NC
Ret Ret 6th 6th
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 2 16th
5th Ret Ret Ret 6th
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 0 NC
6th Ret 19th DNQ
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 7 8th
5th 4th 7th Ret 5th Ret Ret
1954 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
8th Ret
1956 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy 0 NC
7th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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