Raymond Sommer  France

  • Full name Raymond Sommer
  • Birth date August 31, 1906
  • Birthplace Mouzon, Ardennes, France
  • Date of death September 10, 1950 (44 years 10 days)
  • Place of death Cadours, Haute-Garonne, France
  • Teams Ferrari, Talbot-Lago
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Ferrari, Talbot-Lago 5 5 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 0 0 3 15
Total 5 5 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 0 0 3
Race Circuit Date
First race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 21, 1950 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 3, 1950 Race results

Raymond was a key figure of the inter-war period of racing, especially in sports cars, where he won Le Mans in both 1931 and 1932, first with Luigi Chinetti and then with the legendary Tazio Nuvolari. Eschewing driving for teams in Formula One because of the constraints they put on him, Raymond delighted in taking on the mighty Ferrari and Mercedes teams and beating them as often as possible. After the war he consolidated his reputation for no-holds-barred racing with an excellent fourth place at Monaco in 1950 in a Formula Two Ferrari, before being killed in a non-championship race at Cadours towards the end of the year.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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