During the 1932 racing season a new star appeared in the French motor-racing firmament, to wit, Raymond Sommer. With a specially streamlined Alfa Romeo, he took part in all the big races in France, and showed himself to be a driver of rare quality, combining to a nice degree considerable verve with cool judgment. This brilliance had its due reward, for Sommer won both the Le Mans 24 Hours Race and the Marseille Grand Prix—a good bag for a first year's racing!
For 1933 Sommer has already made his plans. To begin with, he has bought two of the new 3 litre "monoposto" Maseratis, which will be entered for all important races next year, with himself and Zehender as drivers. Then he has taken up the Maserati agency for France, and has hopes of the 1,100 c.c. and 1,500 c.c. models giving a good account of themselves in the small classes of road events. He will take delivery of his own Maserati towards the end of January, and has entered for the Grand Prix of Pau on February 19th.
Incidentally, the new single seater Maserati looks a most promising job. The engine is set farther back in the frame than usual, so that the front axle comes well forward of the radiator, a. la Frazer Nash. This, in conjunction with a short tail, gives the car a very fleet appearance, and it will be interesting to see how the Maserati fares against the so far all-conquering single seater Alfa Romeo.