1939 Grand Prix season

1939 AIACR European Championship
European Champion
Officially undeclared due to outbreak of war[1]
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1939 Grand Prix season
Previous: 1938 Next: 1940–1945
Last full season before World War II

The 1939 Grand Prix season was the seventh AIACR European Championship season. The championship winner was never officially announced by the AIACR due to the outbreak of World War II less than two weeks after the final event in Switzerland. The Italian GP initially had been a fifth event, but it became clear well before the war that it would be cancelled due to construction work. At that time, it was also undecided which scoring system would be used, the old minimum points system that basically counted positions, or the French maximum points system similar to the modern one. Although Hermann Paul Müller would have won the championship on points according to the old system, the president of Nazi Germany's highest motorsports organisation declared Hermann Lang the champion.[1] Lang was clearly the dominating driver in that season, which was acknowledged by the international press. In the first two of the four championship events, both Lang and Müller won once while the other failed to complete 75% of the distance. The German round saw Lang retiring early, and Müller finishing 2nd behind Carraciola. This left Müller in the lead in both scoring systems, as published in magazines, with the Swiss round deciding the outcome. Müller finished 4th behind three Mercedes, which gave him the lead in the old point system, while in front, Lang had beaten Carraciola for the lead in the maximum points system.

Season reviewEdit

Mercedes-Benz competed with the W154.
The Auto Union D Type.

European Championship Grands PrixEdit

Rd Date Name Circuit Winning drivers Winning constructor Report
1 25 June   Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps   Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
2 9 July   French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux   Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union Report
3 23 July   German Grand Prix Nürburgring   Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
4 20 August   Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten   Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report

Non-championship Grands PrixEdit

Grandes Épreuves are denoted by a yellow background.

Date Name Circuit Winning driver Winning constructor Report
2 April   Pau Grand Prix Pau   Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
10 April   Road Championship Brooklands   Arthur Dobson ERA Report
7 May   Paris Cup Montlhéry   Jean-Pierre Wimille Bugatti Report
7 May   Finnish Grand Prix Eläintarharata   Adolf Westerblom Alfa Romeo Report
21 May   Eifelrennen Nürburgring   Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
28 May   Grand Prix des Frontières Chimay   Maurice Trintignant Bugatti Report
25 June   Bucharest Grand Prix Bucharest   Hans Stuck Auto Union Report
2 July   Remparts Grand Prix Angoulême   Raymond Sommer Alfa Romeo Report
7 August   Campbell Trophy Brooklands   Raymond Mays ERA Report
3 September   Belgrade Grand Prix Belgrade   Tazio Nuvolari Auto Union Report
29 October   Gávea Nacional Circuit Gávea   Manuel de Teffé Maserati Report

Unofficial championship standingsEdit

Pos Driver BEL
1   Hermann Paul Müller Ret 1 2 4 12
2   Hermann Lang 1 Ret Ret 1 14
3   Rudolf Caracciola Ret Ret 1 2 17
4   Manfred von Brauchitsch 3 Ret Ret 3 19
=   Tazio Nuvolari Ret Ret Ret 5 19
6   Rudolf Hasse 2 Ret Ret 20
=   René Dreyfus 7 4 8 20
8   Georg Meier Ret 2 Ret 22
9   Raymond Sommer 4 5 Ret 23
=   Hans Stuck 6 Ret 10 23
11   Robert Mazaud 5 6 24
=   "Raph" 9 5 24
13   Giuseppe Farina Ret 7 25
14   Paul Pietsch 3 Ret 26
15   René Le Bègue 3 27
16   Louis Gérard 6 28
=   Philippe Étancelin 4 28
=   Luigi Chinetti 8 28
=   Leonhard Joa 7 28
=   Hans Hartmann 6 28
=   Clemente Biondetti 9 28
=   Kenneth Evans 11 28
=   John Wakefield 12 28
=   Robert Ansell 13 28
25   Richard Seaman Ret 29
=   Adolfo Mandirola Ret DSQ 29
=   Toulo de Graffenried Ret 29
28   Yves Matra Ret 30
=   Luigi Villoresi Ret 30
30   Raymond Mays Ret 31
=   Heinz Brendel Ret 31
=   Giovanni Rocco Ret 31
Pos Driver BEL
Colour Result Points
Gold Winner 1
Silver 2nd place 2
Bronze 3rd place 3
Green Completed more than 75% 4
Blue Completed between 50% and 75% 5
Purple Completed between 25% and 50% 6
Red Completed less than 25% 7
Black Disqualified 8
Blank Did not participate 8


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  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Richard. "Unfinished Symphony: Why the 1939 European Championship was never won". 8W. Retrieved 2007-08-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ according to the old minimum points system