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Ferrari: #RoadTo1000 British GP 1951 First Victory

“When in 1951, José Froilan Gonzalez driving a Ferrari, managed for the first time to drop the 159s and the entire Alfa Romeo team, I cried with happiness, but mixed with the tears of joy there were also tears of pain, because that day I thought to myself, I’ve killed my mother.”

That’s what Enzo Ferrari wrote in his book Ferrari80. The mother in question was Alfa Romeo, for whom he had been a test driver, racer and head of the race department. Gonzalez had got the better of the 159s driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Giuseppe Farina, who had been unbeatable in Formula 1 up until then and that much-awaited win meant Enzo Ferrari could reflect on the past.