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1951 German Grand Prix

The 1951 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 July 1951 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It was race 6 of 8 in the 1951 World Championship of Drivers.

1951 German Grand Prix
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date 29 July 1951
Official name XIV Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 20 laps, 456.20 km (283.47 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Scuderia Ferrari
Time 9:55.8
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 9:55.8
Podium
First
  • Italy Alberto Ascari
Scuderia Ferrari
Second
  • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo
Third Scuderia Ferrari

ReportEdit

Alfa Romeo once again fielded four cars, with local driver Paul Pietsch replacing Consalvo Sanesi, joining Fangio, Farina and Bonetto. Following on from their maiden victory at Silverstone, Ferrari also entered four drivers. Piero Taruffi rejoined their lineup, alongside Ascari, Villoresi and British Grand Prix winner José Froilán González. Ferrari continued their good form from the previous event, with Ascari and González the fastest two qualifiers. Fangio and Farina completed the front row, with Villoresi, Taruffi and Pietsch making up the second row.

Nino Farina initially took the lead, but, by the end of the first lap, had been passed by Fangio, Ascari and González. Paul Pietsch was running in fifth, but ended up at the back of the field after going off on the second lap. When Farina was forced to retire due to overheating problems, Fangio was left as the sole Alfa Romeo able to take the fight to the Ferrari drivers. Alberto Ascari took the lead on the fifth lap as a result of Fangio's first pitstop, but Fangio returned to the lead when Ascari took to the pits. As the Alfas required two pitstops, as opposed to just one for the Ferraris, Fangio needed to build a large lead in his second stint if he wanted to retain the lead after his second stop. He was unable to do so, therefore Ascari reclaimed the lead on the fifteenth lap of the race. Due to a misbehaving engine and a gearbox with only 3rd and 4th (4th being the highest gear), Fangio was unable to take advantage of an unexpected tyre change for Ascari, meaning that the Italian took his maiden World Championship race victory by over half a minute from Fangio. González completed the podium, with the remaining points positions going to the other works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi.[1]

Ascari's victory took him to second in the Championship standings, ten points adrift of Fangio, who extended his lead from the previous race. After his second consecutive podium, José Froilán González moved up to third in the standings, level on points with Farina and Villoresi.

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
71   Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
72   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
73   Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
74   José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
75   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
76   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
77   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
78   Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
79   Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
80   Paul Pietsch1 Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
81   Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
82   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
83   André Simon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
84   Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
85   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
86   Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
87   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
88   Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
89   David Murray Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
90   Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
91   Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 212 2.5 V12 P
92   Toni Branca Antonio Branca Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
93   Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
94   Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
95   Prince Bira2 Ecurie Siam Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
96   Erik Lundgren2 Erik Lundgren EL-Ford EL Special Ford V8 ?
97   Chico Landi2 Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
Sources:[2][3]
^1 — Paul Pietsch qualified and raced in a different car, the #78 Alfa Romeo.[4]
^2 — Prince Bira, Erik Lundgren and Chico Landi all withdrew from the event prior to practice.[4]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 71   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 9:55.8
2 74   José Froilán González Ferrari 9:57.5 + 1.7
3 75   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 9:59.0 + 3.2
4 76   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 10:01.1 + 5.3
5 72   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 10:06.6 + 10.8
6 73   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 10:12.9 + 17.1
7 78   Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 10:15.7 + 19.9
8 91   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 10:23.8 + 28.0
9 82   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 10:28.9 + 33.1
10 77   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 10:46.1 + 50.3
11 87   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 10:52.8 + 57.0
12 83   André Simon Simca-Gordini 10:57.5 + 1:01.7
13 85   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:00.2 + 1:04.4
14 81   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 11:07.5 + 1:11.7
15 84   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:08.2 + 1:12.4
16 79   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 11:25.6 + 1:29.8
17 92   Toni Branca Maserati 11:26.7 + 1:30.9
18 94   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:33.9 + 1:38.1
19 90   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:41.9 + 1:46.1
20 88   Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:49.3 + 1:53.5
21 86   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:52.9 + 1:57.1
22 93   Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 12:09.1 + 2:13.3
23 89   David Murray Maserati No time
Source:[5]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 71   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 20 3:23:03.3 1 8
2 75   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 20 +30.5 3 71
3 74   José Froilán González Ferrari 20 +4:39.0 2 4
4 72   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 20 +5:50.2 5 3
5 73   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 20 +7:49.1 6 2
6 91   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 19 +1 lap 8
7 82   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 19 +1 lap 9
8 84   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 19 +1 lap 15
9 90   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 18 +2 laps 19
10 93   Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 18 +2 laps 22
11 94   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 17 +3 laps 18
Ret 87   Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 17 Accident 11
Ret 81   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 13 Engine 14
Ret 77   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 12 Magneto 10
Ret 88   Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago-Talbot 12 Oil pressure 20
Ret 78   Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 11 Accident 7
Ret 83   André Simon Simca-Gordini 11 Engine 12
Ret 76   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 8 Overheating 4
Ret 86   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4 Gearbox 21
Ret 85   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3 Ignition 13
Ret 92   Toni Branca Maserati 3 Engine 17
Ret 79   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2 Engine 16
Source:[6]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

NotesEdit

  • First win: Alberto Ascari

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 27 (28)
  4 2   Alberto Ascari 17
  1 3   José Froilán González 15
  2 4   Nino Farina 15
  2 5   Luigi Villoresi 15
Source:[7]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "German GP, 1951 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ "1951 German Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "1951 German GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Germany 1951 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Germany 1951 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ "1951 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Germany 1951 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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