José Froilán Gonzáles passed away on June 15th at age 90. Gonzales gave Ferrari its first ever Formula 1 win at the 1951 British Gran Prix when, driving the 4.5-liter 375 F1, he defeated fellow Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio's twin supercharged Alfa Romeo 159.
Gonzáles, a heavyset man who could barely fit in the open cockpits of a 1950s racer, earned the nickname "The Pampas Bull" for his enthusiastic driving style. His colleagues affectionately called him "El cabezón" because of the his large head.
Gonzáles went on to win the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans along with Maurice Trintignant on board a Ferrari 375 Plus ()
After retiring from racing, Gonzáles ran a racing team in Argentina but always kept close ties with Ferrari who celebrated him, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of that historic British GP victory, by dusting off the old 375 F1 for Fernando Alonso to drive around Silverstone.