Germans and Ferrari ... It's a rare pairing in Formula One

Something interesting to think about ... And it also serves as a break from the never-ending rumors engulfing Formula One today.

Being very much engrossed by motorsports history and statistics, my endless crusade for information led me to something quite intriguing. Only twice in Ferrari's history have Germans raced for the iconic manufacturer in Formula One, and neither driver did it quietly.

Schumacher glory days

There's the incredibly obvious name ... Michael Schumacher. The seven-time Formula One World Champion took five of his titles with Ferrari. He was the face of the prancing horses for a decade and immortalized himself with an immortal marque.

The forgotten German, lost before his time

The second German driver on this short list never won a Formula One World Championship. In fact, he only won two races during his career. Doesn't sound like a very successful Ferrari pilot, now does it? These small numbers are very deceiving though.

Between 1956 and 1961, he made 27 starts, 25 of which came with Ferrari. He became a Ferrari works driver in 1960. His name was Wolfgang Von Trips and he should have been the 1961 Formula One World Champion, but he never got to see the checkered flag in his 156.

A World Championship celebration replaced with a funeral

Von Trips went into the penultimate round of the season with the championship almost locked up. The race took place in Monza, Italy ... The home of the loyal Tifosi and Ferrari's backyard. On the opening lap of the race, he collided with Jimmy Clark and went airborne. The wreckage of his Ferrari tragically killed 15 spectators. He was thrown from the car during the accident.

Wolfgang von Trips was killed upon impact.

Vettel's mark

So that's the history of Germans and Ferrari. From the glory of Schumacher to the dark end of Von Trips. Sebastian Vettel will serve as the third chapter in the Ferrari/German driver history. His Ferrari story has yet to be written, but just like these two, be assured that he will leave an indelible mark on Maranello.

*Note: German Kurt Adolff made one start driving a Ferrari 166 in the 1953 German GP, but it was not for the Scuderia Ferrari team.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Special feature
Tags ferrari, german, wolfgang von trips