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Luigi Musso, Ferrari Lancia D50, 1956

22nd of January – The story of Luigi Musso’s first Grand Prix victory is a curious one. Taking an early lead in the 1956 Argentine GP, he fell back behind Gonzalez, Menditeguy, Moss and Castellotti. Meanwhile Ferrari team-leader Fangio encountered mechanical problems and was forced to retire on lap 23. In those days the rules allowed drivers to switch to another car during the race and so Musso was ordered to the Ferrari pit to hand over his car to Fangio. And the maestro put in one of his startling drives closing in on Moss’ Maserati which was trailing oil. After two-thirds of the distance Fangio overtakes the Brit and, despite a quick spin, takes the win. For himself and, of course, for the delighted debut winner Luigi Musso.

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