Marius Aristide Yves Giraud-Cabantous (cah-BAN-too; born October 8, 1904 in Saint-Gaudens, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France – died March 30, 1973 in Paris, Île-de-France, France) was a French racing driver who competed in Formula One at the series' inception. He drove for the Talbot-Lago and HWM works teams, as well as entering a private Talbot-Lago in 1951.
Before Formula 1 World Championship Edit
Giraud-Cabantous began his long racing career back in 1925 and by 1927 he won his first race, the GP des Frontieres at Chimay in a Salmson. He became quite a successful sidecar racer but he was soon developing his own cars and in 1930 won the Bol d'Or 24 Hour race in his won car and also finished second at Le Mans in a Delahaye.
Despite being in his 40's, in 1947 Giraud-Cabantous joined the Ecurie France team, winning at Chimay, Montlhery, San Remo and in 1948 Paris. He purchased a Talbot-Lago which he used for the next two years prior to the inception of the World Championship.
Formula One CareerEdit
1950EditFor 1950 Giraud-Cabantous joined the official Talbot-Lago team and took part in the first race of the season, the British Grand Prix. He scored points by finishing fourth and therefor becoming the first French driver to score points in the new World Championship.
Always a fast driver he qualified 7th at Bremgarten and 9th at Spa-Francorchamps but retired by crashing and suffering engine failure. At his home French GP he qualified in 5th with the absence of the factory Ferrari team, and in a race of high attrition finished 8th, all be it 12 laps down. Although the points gained at Silverstone were enough to give him equal 10th in the Championship.
Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit
Formula One RecordEdit
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||3959.572 km (2460 mi)|
|Distance Led||0.000 km (0 mi)|
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|1||1947 Salon Grand Prix|
|2||1948 Paris Grand Prix|
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|