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.
His most famous victory came in 1931 where he took the nimble Bugatti Type 35 to an extraordinary win at Monaco. This was against the powerful factory Alfa of Luigi Fagioli, which resulted in the Bugatti team manager leaping the barrier and running on the track to greet his charge.
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
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.
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.|
|1950||Officine Alfieri Maserati||Maserati||4||10th|
|1953||Louis Chiron (privateer)||OSCA||0||NC|
|1956||Scuderia Centro Sud||Maserati||0||NC|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||3617.927 km|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|Complete Formula One results|
|1952: Did not compete|
|1954: Did not compete|
|1957: Did not compete|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
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