Maurice Trintignant

Trintignant’s vintage wine is named ‘Le Petoulet’, after his nickname in the F1 fraternity. |  In 1956, he drove the Bugatti Type 251 in France, the last one to represent this marque.


Name: Maurice Trintignant
Nickname: Le Petoulet
DOB: Oct 30 1917
Place Of Birth: Ste Cecile-les-Vignes
Nationality: French
Most Races For: Cooper - 25
Maurice Trintignant

Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Vaucluse may have produced a list of achievers in varied arts but what they all share is the love for French wine and its seducing aroma. Frenchman Maurice Bienvenu Jean Paul Trintignant, born on October 30, 1917 was no different from his French counterparts. Being a racer by profession and a vintner at the same time was just another thing for Trintignant and he played both roles as passionately.
At an early age of 21 Trintignant began racing and immediately won the 1939 Grand Prix Des Frontières. But the events of the World War II interrupted his career and his unruly Bugatti was now lying defunct in his backyard. Interestingly, when he rebuilt the Bugatti for the Coupé de la Liberation in 1945, he overlooked the rat droppings that had clogged the exhausts and as a result, had to drop out of the race. It later transpired that he was inauspiciously nicknamed “Le Petoulet” (the rat-droppings)!
Trintignant debuted in Formula One with Gordini in the re-opening year of the Formula One World Championship. He went on to race with Gordini and Ferrari in the following seasons and induced some life into his career only in 1954, when he was on podium in Belgium and Germany and finished fourth with 17 championship points in his Ferrari. In a surprising turn of events, he earned the second and the third place in the 1955 Argentine GP as a result of Ferrari’s policy to transfer the finishing place to their top drivers, should their car break down. His first victory came in the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix and he also saw his fourth position in the Drivers’ run that season.
In the following season, he raced for a number of camps like the Lotus, Maseratis, Coopers and the BRMs. But only five podium finishes in three years made his final years of racing meeker than expected. Trintignant decided to race for the last time in the Italian Grand Prix in 1964.
After ending a career full of gasoline fumes gutting the air, Maurice Trintignant was drawn back to his first love that beckoned with its irresistible scent – growing wine. And he did it brilliantly in his trademark French style, just like his driving.
-Anup Pareek

  • GPs
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1952Gordini, Simca-Gordini16th500002
1956Vanwall, Bugatti-500000
1958BRM, Cooper, Maserati7th9102012
1960Cooper, Aston Martin-600100
1963Lotus, BRM, Lola-300000
Total 822010172.33

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  • Trintignant’s vintage wine is named ‘Le Petoulet’, after his nickname in the F1 fraternity.
  • In 1956, he drove the Bugatti Type 251 in France, the last one to represent this marque.


"Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."
-Maurice Trintignant


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