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1951 Swiss Grand Prix

The 1951 Swiss Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Bremgarten on 27 May 1951. It was race 1 of 8 in the 1951 World Championship of Drivers. The race saw the Formula One debut of British driver Stirling Moss.

1951 Swiss Grand Prix
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Race details
Date 27 May 1951
Official name XI Großer Preis der Schweiz
Location Bremgarten, Bern, Switzerland
Course Motorcycle track
Course length 7.28 km (4.524 mi)
Distance 42 laps, 305.760 km (190.008 mi)
Weather Overcast, rain
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 2:35.9
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 2:51.1
Podium
First
  • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo
Second Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo

ReportEdit

The Swiss Grand Prix, the first event of the 1951 World Championship due to the absence of Monaco from the calendar, saw the Alfa Romeo team continue their dominance of the previous season. All four of their drivers occupied positions on the front two rows of the grid; the highest non-Alfa qualifier was Ferrari's Luigi Villoresi, who was alongside Fangio and Farina on the front row.

The race took place in the rain, with Fangio initially leading from Farina. Ferrari's Piero Taruffi also challenged for the lead, having started from sixth on the grid. Fangio pitted, handing Nino Farina the lead for the 24th lap of the race. However, Farina's decision not to make a pitstop did not pay off, as Fangio was able to retake the lead on lap 29. Fangio maintained the lead for the remainder of the race, eventually winning by nearly a minute from Taruffi, who had overtaken Farina on the penultimate lap. This was Taruffi's first podium in just his second championship race. The remaining Alfa drivers—Consalvo Sanesi and Toulo de Graffenried—completed the points paying positions, ahead of Ferrari's Alberto Ascari, who competed despite suffering from burns from the previous weekend's Formula 2 race in Genoa. Stirling Moss, driving for HWM, was in seventh, but ran out of fuel on the final lap, therefore yielding the position to Louis Chiron, who was driving a Maserati for Enrico Platé.[1]

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2   Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
4   Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
6   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
8   Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
10   Henri Louveau Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
12   George Abecassis HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 51 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
14   Stirling Moss HWM-Alta HWM 51 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
16   Peter Whitehead Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
18   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
20   Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
22   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
24   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
28   Consalvo Sanesi1 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
30   Louis Chiron Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32   Harry Schell Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
38   Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 212 2.5 V12 P
40   Guy Mairesse Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
42   José Froilán González José Froilán González Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-GS Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
44   Piero Taruffi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
46   Francis Rochat2 Francis Rochat Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T11 Simca-Gordini 16 1.5 L4 E
48   Robert Manzon /
  Maurice Trintignant2
Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
50   André Simon2 Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
52   Peter Hirt Peter Hirt Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ?
Sources: [2][3][4]
^1 — Consalvo Sanesi qualified and drove the entirety of the race in the #28 Alfa Romeo. Gianbattista Guidotti, named substitute driver, was not used during the Grand Prix.[5]
^2 — Francis Rochat, Maurice Trintignant and André Simon all withdrew from the event prior to practice. Robert Manzon, who was entered in the #48 Simca Gordini alongside Trintignant, also withdrew.[6]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 24   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 2:35.9
2 22   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 2:37.8 + 1.9
3 18   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:39.3 + 3.4
4 28   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 2:40.3 + 4.4
5 26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 2:41.8 + 5.9
6 44   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 2:45.2 + 9.3
7 20   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:46.0 + 10.1
8 8   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:52.7 + 16.8
9 16   Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:52.9 + 17.0
10 38   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 2:54.1 + 18.2
11 10   Henri Louveau Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:56.2 + 20.3
12 4   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:57.3 + 21.4
13 42   José Froilán González Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:57.3 + 21.4
14 14   Stirling Moss HWM-Alta 2:58.4 + 22.5
15 6   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3:00.3 + 24.4
16 52   Peter Hirt Veritas 3:01.6 + 25.7
17 32   Harry Schell Maserati 3:02.4 + 26.5
18 2   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3:02.5 + 26.6
19 30   Louis Chiron Maserati 3:03.8 + 27.9
20 12   George Abecassis HWM-Alta 3:05.1 + 29.2
21 40   Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3:12.0 + 36.1
DNA 34   Prince Bira Maserati
DNA 36   Toni Branca Maserati
DNA 46   Francis Rochat Simca-Gordini
DNA 48   Robert Manzon /
  Maurice Trintignant
Simca-Gordini
DNA 50   André Simon Simca-Gordini
Source:[7]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 24   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 42 2:07:53.64 1 91
2 44   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 42 + 55.24 6 6
3 22   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 42 + 1:19.31 2 4
4 28   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 41 + 1 Lap 4 3
5 26   Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 40 + 2 Laps 5 2
6 20   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 40 + 2 Laps 7  
7 30   Louis Chiron Maserati 40 + 2 Laps 19  
8 14   Stirling Moss HWM-Alta 40 + 2 Laps 14  
9 8   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 39 + 3 Laps 8  
10 4   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 39 + 3 Laps 12  
11 38   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 39 + 3 Laps 10  
12 32   Harry Schell Maserati 38 + 4 Laps 17  
13 2   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 35 + 7 Laps 18  
14 40   Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago-Talbot 31 + 11 Laps 21  
Ret 16   Peter Whitehead Ferrari 36 Accident 9  
Ret 10   Henri Louveau Talbot-Lago-Talbot 30 Accident 11  
Ret 12   George Abecassis HWM-Alta 23 Magneto 20  
Ret 6   Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 14 Ignition 15  
Ret 18   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 12 Accident 3  
Ret 42   José Froilán González Talbot-Lago-Talbot 10 Oil pump 13  
Ret 52   Peter Hirt Veritas 0 Fuel System 16  
Source:[8]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1   Juan Manuel Fangio 9
2   Piero Taruffi 6
3   Nino Farina 4
4   Consalvo Sanesi 3
5   Toulo de Graffenried 2
Source: [9]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 4 results counted toward the Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swiss GP, 1951 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  2. ^ "1951 Swiss Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "1951 Swiss GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Grosser Preis der Schweiz - Bremgarten, 27 May 1951". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Switzerland 1951 - Race entrants". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Switzerland 1951 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Grosser Preis der Schweiz". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  8. ^ "1951 Swiss Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Switzerland 1951 - Championship". statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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