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One of the more obscure drivers to have entered a world championship Grand Prix – Alfredo Pián’s international racing career barely lasted a month. A veteran of Argentinian racing since the early 1940s, he travelled to Europe in the spring of 1950 and entered the San Remo GP at the wheel of a Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48 when José Froilán González’s team-mate.
The race may have been more notable for the dominant return of the works Alfa Romeo team but Pián’s debut was impressive in its own way nonetheless. He qualified in seventh position and drove a steady race into third position after others had retired – two laps behind the flying Alfetta of Juan Manuel Fangio.
Having retired early from a Formula 2 race at Roubaix, Pián was due to make his Formula 1 world championship debut at Monaco. He qualified on the penultimate row but later crashed on oil during practice on the climb towards Massenet. Thrown out of the car, Pián broke his leg and was thus unable to start. He was not seen in European racing again.