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The 1948 Swiss Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Circuit Bremgarten, near Bern, on 4 July 1948.[1][2] Despite racing for nearly two hours, at the finishing line Frenchman Jean-Pierre Wimille was only 0.2 seconds behind the race winner, the Italian driver Carlo Felice Trossi.[3] Trossi's compatriot Luigi Villoresi finished over two and a half minutes behind the pair, in third place. Pre-World War II star driver Achille Varzi was killed when he crashed during practice, and the wealthy Swiss privateer Christian Kautz died in an accident during the race.

1948 Swiss Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 4 June 1948 (1948-06-04)
Official name Grand Prix d'Europe
Location Bern
Course Circuit Bremgarten
Course length 7.262 km (4.512 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 290.48 km (180.50 mi)
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 2:54.2
Fastest lap
Driver France Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo
Time 2:51.0
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Maserati

ClassificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 26   Carlo Felice Trossi Alfa Romeo 158 40 1:59:17.3 4
2 30   Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo 158 40 + 0.2 s 1
3 34   Luigi Villoresi Maserati 4CLT/48 40 + 2:37.3 3
4 56   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 158 39 + 1 lap 6
5 32   Alberto Ascari Maserati 4CLT/48 39 + 1 lap 5
6 4   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago T26 38 + 2 laps 8
7 8   Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago T26SS 37 + 3 laps 10
8 54   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago T150C 36 + 4 laps 20
9 42   Igor Troubetzkoy Ferrari 166SC 35 + 5 laps 18
Ret 40   Clemente Biondetti Ferrari 166C 31 Overheating 15
Ret 46   Luigi Fagioli Maserati 4CL 28 Engine 17
Ret 38   Giuseppe Farina Maserati 4CLT 28 Engine 2
Ret 24   Raymond Mays ERA B-Type 23 Drive shaft 9
Ret 52   B. Bira Maserati 4CL 10 Gearbox 16
Ret 18   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C 10 Oil leak 14
Ret 48   Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CL 10 Collision 13
Ret 36   Gianfranco Comotti Talbot-Lago T26C 7 Oil leak 19
Ret 10   Raymond Sommer Gordini T15 5 Engine 7
Ret 20   George Abecassis Alta GP 4 Accident 12
Ret 50   Christian Kautz Maserati 4CL 2 Fatal accident 11
DNQ 44   Clemar Bucci Maserati 4CL
DNQ 22   Bob Gerard ERA B-Type
DNS 28   Achille Varzi Alfa Romeo 158 Fatal accident

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1948 Grands Prix". GEL Motorsport Information. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
  2. ^ "04-07-1948 • Grosser Preis der Schweiz • Bern". F1-Images.de. Retrieved 2010-08-02. (German)
  3. ^ http://www.statsf1.com/en/1948-hc/grand-prix-32.aspx


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