|First race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 2, 1956||Race results|
|Last race||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||September 10, 1961||Race results|
Until Michael Schumacher won the World Championship in 1994, von Trips was Germany's most successful grand prix driver. Always quick, he shrugged off the reputation as a crasher he had garnered in his early career when he rejoined Ferrari in 1960. A number of top-six placings that year were followed by a determined assault on the World Championship in 1961.
Two wins and two second places from six races had him bang on target as he arrived at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. However, after taking pole, he made a poor start and, trying to protect his position on the first lap, collided with Jim Clark. His car crashed into the crowd, killing 14 spectators. Von Trips also died, leaving team-mate Phil Hill to clinch a bitter world title.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books