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1951 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1951 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 17 June 1951 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was race 3 of 8 in the 1951 World Championship of Drivers

1951 Belgian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 17 June 1951
Official name XIII GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
Course length 14.12 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.320 km (315.864 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 4:25.0
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 4:22.1
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Scuderia Ferrari
Third Scuderia Ferrari

ReportEdit

Despite there being just 13 starters representing 3 makes of car, the race attracted a record crowd. There were a further 3 entries, including 2 Maseratis, which did not attend the event. Fangio had a new suspension with special wheels, which had to be concave to make room for the brake drums. These proved an expensive novelty. At his first pit stop, they jammed and his stop lasted over 14 minutes. Farina's Alfa Romeo dominated, holding off the Ferraris of Ascari and Villoresi. A lightning stop of 39 seconds for wheel change and refuelling preserved his lead until the finish.

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
4   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
6   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
8   Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
10   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
12   Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
14   Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16   Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18   Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20   Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24   André Pilette Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 E
26   Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
28   Prince Bira Ecurie Siam Maserati-OSCA Maserati 4CLT-48 OSCA V12 P
30   José Froilán González Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32   Reg Parnell G. A. Vandervell Ferrari Ferrari 375 tw Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
Sources:[1][2]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 4:25
2 4   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 4:28 + 3
3 10   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 4:29 + 4
4 8   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4:30 + 5
5 12   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 4:32 + 7
6 6   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 4:36 + 11
7 14   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:45 + 20
8 22   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:52 + 27
9 18   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:01 + 36
10 20   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:04 + 39
11 16   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:09 + 44
12 24   André Pilette Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:16 + 51
13 26   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:17 + 52
DNA 28   Prince Bira Maserati
DNA 30   José Froilán González Maserati
DNA 32   Reg Parnell Ferrari
Source:[3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 36 2:45:46.2 2 8
2 8   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 36 + 2:51.0 4 6
3 10   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 36 + 4:21.9 3 4
4 14   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 7 3
5 22   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 8 2
6 24   André Pilette Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 12  
7 16   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 11  
8 26   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 32 + 4 Laps 13  
9 2   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 32 + 4 Laps 1 11
Ret 18   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 28 Engine 9  
Ret 6   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 11 Radiator 6  
Ret 12   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 8 Transmission 5  
Ret 20   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Transmission 10  
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1 – 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  4 1   Nino Farina 12
  1 2   Juan Manuel Fangio 10
  1 3   Lee Wallard 9
  8 4   Alberto Ascari 6
  2 5   Piero Taruffi 6
Source:[5]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1951 Belgian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ "1951 Belgian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Belgium 1951 - Qualifications". statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "1951 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Belgium 1951 - Championship". wstatsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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