“His passion for races was equal to his technical passion and expertise”
Peter Collins, a driver with major moral talent, just as he proved during the 1956 Italian GP. Collins voluntarily stopped to give his Ferrari to Fangio, who stopped at the pits due to problems with his steering wheel and who won his fourth world championship. A gesture which will always remain imprinted in the history of the ruthless F1 world.
He debuted in F1 in 1952, with an HWM. In 1955, he won the Targa Florio with Moss. He participated in the 24 Hour of Le Mans with Paul Frère. In 1956, he moved on to Ferrari, winning two races, in France and in Belgium, In 1956, in Monza, he stated: “I have a lot of time ahead of me, Fangio needs to remain a world champion for another year yet”… but his fate went against him and, on 3rd August 1958, on the Nürburgring circuit, the tragedy took place. Collins was fighting fiercely against Tony Brooks, when, at the Pflanzgarten bend, he lost control of his car and the Ferrari number 2 exited the track. The accident was fatal. A pure and brave driver, a gentleman in the heart of fans.