André Simon, a largely forgotten driver in Formula 1’s history, is celebrating his 92nd birthday today.
Born in Paris, Simon played a crucial role in the Simca-Gordini Formula 2 team in 1950, achieving a sequence of second-placed finishes that season.
His F1 forays were both less frequent and less successful, and he joined Ferrari for a couple of outings in 1952.
From 1953 onwards, he competed as an independent in both Grands Prix and sports car events, finishing third for Gordini in the 1954 International Trophy race. He continued in Formula 1 until the end of 1957, starting a total of eleven races with his best finishes being a pair of sixth-placed finishes at the 1951 and 1952 Italian Grands Prix. Be he scored no championship points for either of those finishes, as points were only awarded down to fifth place in that era.
Simon continued in sports car racing until 1965 before retiring.
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