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The 1951 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 28 October 1951 at Pedralbes Circuit. It was the eighth and final race of the 1951 World Championship of Drivers.

1951 Spanish Grand Prix
Pedralbes street circuit
Pedralbes street circuit
Race details
Date 28 October 1951
Official name XI Gran Premio de España
Location Pedralbes Circuit, Barcelona, Catalonia
Course Street circuit
Course length 6.316 km (3.925 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 442.120 km (274.721 mi)
Weather Hot, Dry
Pole position
Driver Scuderia Ferrari
Time 2:10.59
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 2:16.93
Podium
First
  • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo
Second Scuderia Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo

This race was determined by tyre choice – Ferrari chose a 16 inch rear wheel, whilst Alfa Romeo settled for the 18 inch, which proved to be the better of the two options. Juan Manuel Fangio led Alberto Ascari by two points before the race. Ascari led the race from José Froilán González, but the Ferraris suffered numerous tread problems. Piero Taruffi threw a tyre tread on lap 6 and was followed on lap 7 by Luigi Villoresi, Ascari on lap 8 and Gonzalez on lap 14. The Ferraris were forced to stop frequently to change tyres and Fangio comfortably won the race and his first drivers' title, after Ascari finished 4th was not able to overhaul Fangio's total. After the race, Alfa Romeo announced that due to lack of finances, they would not be competing in the 1952 season.

Contents

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2   Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
4   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
6   José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
8   Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
10   Peter Whitehead1 Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
12   Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
14   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
16   André Simon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
18   Prince Bira Prince Bira Maserati-OSCA Maserati 4CLT-48 OSCA V12 P
20   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
22   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
24   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
28   Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
30   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
32   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
34   Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
36   Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
38   Georges Grignard Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
40   Reg Parnell1 BRM Ltd. BRM BRM P15 BRM 15 1.5 V16s D
44   Paco Godia Scuderia Milano Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
46   Juan Jover2 Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
48   Toni Branca3 Antonio Branca Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
Sources:[1][2]
^1 — Peter Whitehead and Reg Parnell both withdrew from the event prior to practice.[3]
^2 — Juan Jover qualified in the #46 Maserati, although he did not start the race. Joaquin Palacio had been entered in car #46, but he withdrew prior to practice.[3]
^3 — Toni Branca withdrew from the event prior to practice. Chico Landi had also been entered in car #48, but he too withdrew from the Grand Prix before practice.[3]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:10.59
2 22   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 2:12.27 + 1.68
3 6   José Froilán González Ferrari 2:14.01 + 3.42
4 20   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 2:14.94 + 4.35
5 4   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:16.38 + 5.79
6 26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 2:16.40 + 5.81
7 8   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 2:16.80 + 6.21
8 24   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 2:21.80 + 11.21
9 14   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:23.81 + 13.22
10 16   André Simon Simca-Gordini 2:24.60 + 14.01
11 12   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:25.25 + 14.66
12 30   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:30.32 + 19.73
13 34   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:31.00 + 20.41
14 32   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:32.18 + 21.59
15 36   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:34.46 + 23.87
16 38   Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:35.58 + 24.99
17 44   Paco Godia Maserati 2:37.45 + 26.86
18 46   Juan Jover Maserati 2:41.99 + 31.40
19 18   Prince Bira Maserati-OSCA 2:45.99 + 35.40
20 28   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:46.78 + 36.19

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 22   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 70 2:46:54.10 2 91
2 6   José Froilán González Ferrari 70 +54.28 3 6
3 20   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 70 +1:45.54[4] 4 4
4 2   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 68 +2 laps 1 3
5 24   Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 68 +2 laps 8 2
6 26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 66 +4 laps 6
7 28   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 64 +6 laps 20
8 34   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 63 +7 laps 13
9 14   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 63 +7 laps 9
10 44   Paco Godia Maserati 60 +10 laps 17
Ret 4   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 48 Ignition 5
Ret 16   André Simon Simca-Gordini 48 Engine 10
Ret 36   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 37 Accident 15
Ret 8   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 30 Wheel 7
Ret 12   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 25 Engine 11
Ret 38   Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago-Talbot 23 Engine 16
Ret 32   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 7 Accident 14
Ret 30   Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4 Ignition 12
Ret 18   Prince Bira Maserati-OSCA 1 Engine 19
DNS 46   Juan Jover Maserati 0 Engine 18
Source:[5]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

NotesEdit

  • First Grand Prix: Paco Godia, Georges Grignard
  • Three drivers were fighting for the championship going into this race: Fangio on 27 points, Ascari on 25 points and González on 21 points.
    • Fangio needed either:
      • To finish ahead of Ascari, or
      • Ascari to finish 3rd or lower
    • Ascari needed either:
      • to win, or
      • to finish 2nd with Fangio 3rd or lower
    • González needed to win, and set the fastest lap, with Ascari finishing third or lower and Fangio not scoring at all.[6]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 31 (37)
  2   Alberto Ascari 25 (28)
  3   José Froilán González 24 (27)
  4   Nino Farina 19 (22)
  5   Luigi Villoresi 15 (18)
Source: [7]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1951 Spanish Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  2. ^ "1951 Spanish GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Spain 1951 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  4. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 37. ISBN 0-85429-276-4.
  5. ^ "1951 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Looking back at the history of the Spanish GP". atlasf1.autosport.com. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Spain 1951 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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