1958 German Grand Prix: So Close Never Felt So Good!
By: Jeremy McMullen
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| On the 19th of July, at the 11th RAC British Grand Prix, Roy Salvadori would climb to the 3rd step on the podium. It would be the greatest result of his career in Formula One and it would be a most exuberant moment for the man from Dovercourt joining two other Brits on the podium of their home grand prix. However, it would be the race just two weeks later that would provide Salvadori with one of his greatest, and most disappointing, moments in Formula One.
Salvadori's World Championship debut would come at the 1952 British Grand Prix. In that race, the Anglo-Italian would come away with a very solid 8th place result. However, after that race, Roy couldn't beg, borrow or steal a race finish.
1953 would be just the second year in which Salvadori took part in a World Championship race. Whereas in 1952 Salvadori would only take part in the British Grand Prix, 1953 would see the man from Dovercourt take part in no fewer than five World Championship rounds. Unfortunately, while driving for the Connaught factory team, the 1953 World Championship would be filled with nothing but bitter disappointment. In fact, it was so bad that out of the five races there were a total of 338 laps of racing. Roy would only manage to complete 100 total laps and would fail to finish every single event.
Unfortunately, over the course of the next three seasons it would barely get any better. Were it not for some success in Formula One non-championship and sportscar races, Salvadori's racing career would have been on life-support needing a miracle just to continue. Besides an 11th place result in the Italian Grand Prix in 1956, the bad results just kept coming in Formula One. Then, in 1957, Salvadori's hopes would be renewed when he managed to guide a Cooper T43 to a 5th place result at the British Grand Prix. Just like, after years of wandering in the wilderness, Roy had finally found his way. And in just his third race finish ever in Formula One, he would come away with 2 championship points. This would serve as a springboard for a remarkable 1958 season.
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