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Alexandre Louis Chiron (born August 3rd 1899, died June 22nd 1979 in Monte Carlo, Monaco) was a Monegasque racing driver who competed in Grands Prix from 1926 before entering the Formula One World Championship in 1950. Chiron competed in 19 Formula One Grands Prix between 1950 and 1958, securing one podium finish during his career, at his home Grand Prix in 1950.

In addition to his Grand Prix racing, Chiron also competed in nine runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but failed to finish each time.

Chiron's final race, at age 58, was his home grand prix in 1958. He was the oldest driver to have competed at an F1 event, but failed to qualify for the race.

After his retirement from Formula One in 1958, Chiron continued to be active in motor racing, helping with the organisation of the Monaco Grand Prix well beyond his last race. For many years, he started the Grand Prix by waving the national flag.

In 1979, Chiron died in his home town of Monte Carlo at the age of 79.

Before Formula 1 World Championship Edit

As a teenager, Monegasque Louis Chiron fell in love with racing cars. He learned to drive at a young age and joined the Grand Prix circuit after WWI when he had worked as a chauffeur for the French artillery.

In 1926 he won his first local race and from then on he drove Bugattis and Alfa Romeos to important wins in Marseille and Spain, he partnered up with endurance specialist Luigi Chinetti to win the Spa 24 Hour in 1933, and he took 7th in the 1929 Indianapolis 500 in a Delage.

1928 Chiron

1928 Bugatti Ty35

His most famous victory came in 1931 where he took the nimble Bugatti Type 35 to an extraordinary win against the powerful factory Alfa of Luigi Fagioli which resulted in Bugatti team manager leaping the barrier and running on the track to great his charge.

Chiron officially retired in 1938 before the onset of war, but made a comeback after the war racing for the French Talbot-Lago team, winning two French GP’s before signing for Maserati.

In 1949, after finishing second in the Monte Carlos Rally, Louis denounced female driver Helle Nice as having been a Gestapo Agent during WWII at an awards ceremony party. His unsubstantiated allegations destroyed Nice’s career.

Formula 1 Career Edit

1950Edit

1950 Chiron

Chiron in his racing the Maserati 4CLT/48

In 1950 Louis Chiron raced for the factory Maserati team in a Maserati 4CLT/48 which struggled throughout the season to match the pace of the Ferrari 125, Talbot-Lago 26C and Alfa Romeo 158 entries.

Chiron did however pick-up Maserati's only podium of the season when he picked his way through the mele at Tabac corner at Monaco when the track became flooded by a tidal wave that crashed across the circuit on the first lap.

Chiron struggled through the rest of the season, often out paced by other Masersti's like Felice Bonetto and Prince Bira but his fine podium at Monaco was enough to earn him joint 9th in the championship.

1951 Edit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos.
1950 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 4 10th
1951 Enrico Platé Maserati 0 NC
Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot
1953 Louis Chiron (privateer) OSCA 0 NC
1955 Scuderia Lancia Lancia 0 NC
1956 Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 0 NC
1958 André Testut Maserati 0 NC

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 19
Starts 15
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 4
Laps Raced 600
Distance Raced 3617.927 km
Races Led 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 4 10th
Ret 3rd 9th Ret Ret
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 0 NC
7th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret
1952: Did not compete
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 0 NC
15th DNS DNS 10th
1954: Did not compete
1955 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
6th C C C C
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
DNS
1957: Did not compete
1958 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Morocco 0 NC
DNQ


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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