DRIVERS: ONOFRE MARIMON

Name: Onofre Marimon
Nationality: Argentina
Date of birth: December 19, 1923 - Cordoba
Date of death: July 31, 1954 - Nurburgring, Germany

Nicknamed "Pinnochio" because of his facial resemblance to Walt Disney's famous puppet, Onofre Marimon was a cheery, happy-go-lucky protege of the great Juan-Manuel Fangio. He demonstrated great promise in 1953 at the wheel of a 2-liter Maserati A6GCM, the highlight of which was a third place in the Belgian Grand Prix. Marimon was recruited to drive for the works team the following year, standing in for Fangio as team leader in several early season non-championship races, and won the Rome Grand Prix. He finished third in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, behind the Ferraris of Froilan Gonzalez and Mike Hawthorn, and ahead of Fangio in the streamlined Mercedes W196. Marimon seemed destined for great fame and achievement, but he crashed heavily on the tricky downhill descent to Adenau Bridge while practicing for the German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, suffering fatal injuries.

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