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Pierre Eugene Alfred Bouillin, better known under the pseudonyms "Levegh" and "Pierre Levegh" (le-VAY, born 22 December 1905 in Paris, Île-de-France, France – died 11 June 1955 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France) was a French sportsman and racing driver. He was the nephew of Alfred Velghe, who was known as "Levegh", an automobile pioneer and racing driver who died in 1904. After dabbling in ice hockey and tennis, he became obsessed by the Le Mans 24 Hour Motor Race, in which he made it his ambition to drive. In 1938 he achieved this by becoming a relief driver for the Talbot team.

Levegh had limited single seater success, finishing 2nd at Pau in 1947 driving a Delage before switching to the Talbot-Lago team, for which he would drive in 1949, 1950 and 1951, accumulating six World Championship starts, but no points.

Levegh continued his fascination with Le Mans and raced the works Talbot to fourth in 1951 but was disatisfied with the cars performance.

As the rule change in Formula One for 1952 made his car exempt, Levegh spent his money preparing his own Talbot-Lago for a unique attempt on Le Mans – to drive the whole 24 hours by himself. Leading the race in the final hour, an exhausted Levegh missed a downshift, over-revved the engine, and broke a connecting rod, forcing his retirement.

He got his next chance at Le Mans victory in 1955 when Alfred Neubauer called him up to drive the factory Mercedes. After voicing his unease at the narrowness of the straight in front of the pits, Levegh would be involved in a multi-car crash early in the race, catapulting his car into the crowd and dying instantly in the incident that claimed at least 84 lives.

Formula One CareerEdit

1950Edit

Levegh only entered his Talbot-Lago in three World Championship events in 1950. His first entry was at the 1950 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francochamps where he finished 7th, behind Luigi Villoresi.

His next start was at the French Grand Prix where Levegh, like most of the Talbot-Lago's overheated and retired with engine trouble. His final race on the year was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza where he suffered gearbox trouble on lap 29.

1951Edit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1950 Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago 0 NC Report
1951 Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 7
Starts 6
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 157
Distance Raced 1849.1 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 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
DNA 7th 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
8th 9th Ret


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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