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Robert Manzon (12 April 1917 – 19 January 2015) was a French racing driver. He participated in 29 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 21 May 1950. He achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 16 championship points. At the time of his death, Manzon was the last surviving driver to have taken part in the first Formula One World Championship in 1950.

French racing driver
Robert Manzon
Born (1917-04-12)12 April 1917
Marseille, France
Died 19 January 2015(2015-01-19) (aged 97)
Cassis, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality French
Active years 19501956
Teams Gordini; Ferrari inc. non-works
Entries 29 (28 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 16
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry 1956 Italian Grand Prix

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Manzon began his career as a mechanic and after World War II he started racing, initially with a Cisitalia D46. Earning a contract with the Gordini team for 1948, Manzon won some minor races although his machinery was not always reliable.[1]

He continued with Gordini into the new Formula One era, scoring points at the 1950 French Grand Prix, and finishing sixth in the World Drivers’ Championship in 1952, taking third place in the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix. He left Gordini in 1953 and joined Louis Rosier‘s team, which was campaigning Ferraris. He subsequently achieved his second podium at the 1954 French Grand Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari 625.[1]

Manzon then returned to the Gordini team, but found little success in World Championship events. Outside the Championship, he won the 1956 Naples Grand Prix and a sports car race at Pescara.[1]

After racing, he later operated his own diesel equipment distribution business. [2]

Manzon died at his home in the south of France on 19 January 2015 aged 97.[3] He was the last surviving entrant of the 1950 Formula One season.

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Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1950 Equipe Simca Gordini Simca GordiniType 15 GordiniStraight-4 GBR MON
Ret
500 SUI BEL FRA
4
ITA
Ret
14th 3
1951 Equipe Simca Gordini Simca GordiniType 15 GordiniStraight-4 SUI 500 BEL FRA
Ret
GBR GER
7
ITA
Ret
ESP
9
NC 0
1952 Equipe Gordini GordiniType 16 GordiniStraight-6 SUI
Ret
500 BEL
3
FRA
4
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
5
ITA
14
6th 9
1953 Equipe Gordini GordiniType 16 GordiniStraight-6 ARG
Ret
500 NED BEL FRA GBR GER SUI ITA NC 0
1954 Equipe Rosier Ferrari625 FerrariStraight-4 ARG 500 BEL FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
9
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
15th 4
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari553 SUI
DNS
1955 Equipe Gordini GordiniType 16 GordiniStraight-6 ARG MON
Ret
500 BEL NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
ITA NC 0
1956 Equipe Gordini GordiniType 16 GordiniStraight-6 ARG
DNA
MON
Ret
500 BEL NC 0
GordiniType 32 GordiniStraight-8 FRA
9
GBR
9
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret

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