Onofre Marimon

Full Name:
Onofre Agustin Marimon
Born:
19th December 1923
Zarate, Buenos Aires Province
Died:
31st July 1954 (Aged 30)
Nurburgring, Rhineland-Palatinate (D), German GP practice
Nationality:
Argentinian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The son of a pre-war national touring car driver, Onofre Marimón came to Europe in 1951 as a protégé of Juan Manuel Fangio. He appeared on the verge of establishing himself in Formula 1 when he became the first fatality during a world championship meeting.

Early racing career and European debut

Marimón first raced his father’s Chevrolet at Mar del Plata in 1949. He won that race a year later and travelled to Europe for the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours – retiring the Lago-Talbot T26GS he shared with José Froilán González. Also out of luck on his Grand Prix debut in the French GP when his Maserati 4CLT/50-Milano’s engine failed after just two laps, Marimón was eighth in the Formula 2 race at Modena with a Ferrari 166F2.

He raced in Argentina during 1952 and returned to Le Mans in 1953 to share Fangio’s works Alfa Romeo "Disco Volante" but retired early.

Works Maserati Grand Prix driver

His Maserati A6SSG finished in an excellent third position in his first GP of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. He ran in the top five in France and Britain and was second in Switzerland before being delayed or retiring on each occasion.

The final championship race was a slipstreaming classic at Monza. Marimón again raced in the leading quartet. He was often ahead on the backstretch but never across the finish line so Marimón was not credited with leading a GP for the first time. Delayed by a pitstop to repair a damaged radiator, the lapped Marimón and was with the leading three cars as they entered the final corner on the last lap. Ascari slid wide on oil and was collected by both Ferrari team-mate Giuseppe Farina and Marimón’s Maserati. Fangio swept past for a rare and dramatic Maserati victory.

Marimón finished second behind Fangio in the non-championship race at Modena and remained with Maserati for 1954. His Maserati 250F won the minor Rome GP by over two laps and with both Fangio and González leaving to Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari respectively, Marimón emerged as Maserati’s number one driver.

He passed Fangio’s ailing Mercedes to finish third in the British GP but that was to be his last race. Marimón was practising for the German GP at the Nürburgring when he crashed on the approach to Adenau Bridge. The Maserati rolled through a hedge and down the deep descent below. The promising and popular Argentinian was killed instantly.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1954 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
4 (1) 0 1 0
0% win rate
13th 4.14
1953 F1 World Championship
Officine Alfieri Maserati
6 0 1 0
0% win rate
11th 4
1953 World Sportscar Championship
Alfa Romeo
1 0 0 0 0
1951 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Milano
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0