It’s been 95 years (April 25th, 1926) since the first race car ever to bear the brand’s iconic “trident” logo took the checkered flag and capturing the brand’s first win in the 1,500cc class at the Targa Florio with Alfieri Maserati behind the wheel.
Fast forward 28 years later on January 17th, 1954, the Italian automaker enter the Formula 1 (F1) championship with its 250F race car by Juan Manuel Fangio. A partnership that would lead to 21 races, 1 world championship (Maserati’s only one), and 7 wins. Fangio is considered to be one of the greatest drivers in F1 history with five world championships.
Despite ending his career in 1958, Fangio still holds several records including highest-percentage of wins (47.1% from 24 wins in 51 starts), highest-percentage of pole positions, highest-percentage of front-row starts with (94.1% or 48 times in 51 starts), as well being the oldest world champion (46 years, 41 days old), and won more champions with various teams including (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Maserati).
Now the Maserati brand is celebrating by introducing its latest special edition called the “F Tributo”. The “F” stands for Fangio, of course. Shown off for the first-time at this past week’s 2021 Shanghai Auto Show in China, the F Tributo package is offered on Levante and Ghibli models.