An unexpected victory

25. Aug 2019 
by Ziv Knoll

Monaco 1955.

The Mercedes of Fangio and Moss dominated, running 1-2 until half distance, trailed by Ascari (Lancia) and Castellotti (Lancia).

At the halfway mark, Fangio retired with transmission trouble, giving the lead to Moss.

Almost a lap ahead, the Brit seemed to coast to a sure win, when on lap 80 his engine blew.

The new leader Ascari, miscalculated the chicane coming out of the tunnel, and his Lancia crashed through the barriers into the harbour. Ascari had to swim to safety.

Maurice Trintignant (picture), in a Ferrari 625 thought to be uncompetitive, inherited the lead and scored his first Grand Prix victory.

Source: DR

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