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Поль Фрер

Fr?re, Paul

Поль Фрер / Fr?re, Paul

Родился:

30.01.1917

Гавр, Франция

Умер:

23.02.2008

Сен-Поль-де-Ванс, Приморские Альпы, Франция

Сезонов в Ф1:

5

Лет в Ф1:

5

Гран При:

11

Старты:

11

Победы:

подряд:

Подиумы:

1

подряд:

Поул-позиции:

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Первый ряд:

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Быстрые круги:

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Лучший финиш:

2

Лучший старт:

6

Дубли:

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Большие шлемы:

Круги:

257

лидирования:

Километры:

2830.55

лидирования:

Очки:

11

за один сезон:

6

подряд:

Ф1: 1952-1956

Поль Фрер / Fr?re, Paul - 1952-1956

24 часа Ле-Мана: 1953-1960

Targa Florio: 1960-1963

Год

Команда

Шасси

1952HW Motors LtdHWM (52)
Ecurie BelgeSimca Gordini Type 15
1953HW Motors LtdHWM (53)
1954Equipe GordiniGordini Type 16
Gordini Type 16
1955Scuderia FerrariFerrari 555 Supersqualo
1956Scuderia FerrariLancia Ferrari D50
Lancia Ferrari D50

Paul Fr?re was a rarity in that he was not a full-time driver, preferring to maintain his profession as an international motoring journalist throughout a long and successful racing career.

He made his debut in the Spa 24 Hours, sharing an MG with Jacques Swaters, the pair finishing fourth in class, but it was not until 1952 that he raced in earnest. After winning a big production car race in an Oldsmobile at Spa, Fr?re picked up a last-minute drive with HWM in the GP des Frontieres at Chimay. Left at the start, he overhauled Downing's Connaught right at the death to score a surprise win. HWM's John Heath immediately offered Paul a drive in the forthcoming Belgian GP and he delighted his entrant by bringing the car home in fifth place in pouring rain.

Fr?re raced for HWM again in 1953; his luck was out this time in Grands Prix, but he did finish a brilliant second in the rain in the Eifelrennen. For 1954 he accepted a few rides with Gordini in F1, and drove at Le Mans for the first time in an Aston Martin sports car.

The Sarthe classic was to become an important race in Fr?re's career. Second in the tragic 1955 race in an Aston, he was involved in a first-lap crash in a works Jaguar in 1956, finished fourth in 1957 and '58, second again in an Aston in 1959, and finally won in 1960 sharing a works Ferrari with Gendebien. This partnership incidentally was also victorious in the Reims 12 Hours of 1957.

Ferrari also gave Paul an opportunity to drive his Formula 1 cars, and he did not disappoint, taking fourth place in the 1955 Belgian GP and a quite magnificent second behind Peter Collins at Spa again in 1956. He made a return to single-seaters in 1960, his final season, winning the South African GP in an Equipe Nationale Beige Cooper, then showing his consistency and reliable driving skills on his return to Europe to take fifth places at Syracuse and Brussels and sixth at Pau.

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