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The 1952 German Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 3 August 1952 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It was race 6 of 8 in the 1952 World Championship of Drivers, in which each Grand Prix was run to Formula Two rules rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 18-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. His teammates Giuseppe Farina and Rudi Fischer finished in second and third places.

1952 German Grand Prix
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date 3 August 1952 (1952-08-03)
Official name XV Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 18 laps, 410.580 km (255.123 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 10:04.4
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 10:05.1 on lap 5
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

ReportEdit

The Maserati factory team finally appeared with their new car, the A6GCM, which was driven by Felice Bonetto. Also racing A6GCMs were the Escuderia Bandeirantes drivers Bianco and Cantoni. Ferrari once again entered the successful trio of Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina and Piero Taruffi, while there were privateer Ferrari entries for Rudi Fischer and Rudolf Schoeller of Ecurie Espadon, Roger Laurent of Ecurie Francorchamps, and Piero Carini of Scuderia Marzotto. Jean Behra returned to action for the Gordini team, having recovered from his shoulder injury. He replaced Prince Bira, and was partnered by teammates Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignant. HWM entered three cars, with regular Peter Collins joined by the Belgian pairing of Paul Frère and Johnny Claes, while Australian Tony Gaze drove a privateer HWM. Bill Aston drove an Aston Butterworth, and the field was completed by a plethora of privateer German cars (Veritas, AFM and BMW).

Ferrari were once again fastest in qualifying, with Ascari and Farina being joined on the front row of the grid by the Gordinis of Trintignant and Manzon. The remaining works Ferrari driver, Taruffi, started from the second row, alongside the Ecurie Espadon-entered Ferrari of Fischer and Paul Pietsch in a Veritas. Bonetto's works Maserati made the third row, along with the Gordini of Jean Behra, and a pair of local entrants: Hans Klenk's Veritas, and Willi Heeks in an AFM.

The race turned out to be rather a processional event, with Ascari leading Farina all the way in the first 16 laps. Two laps from home, he had to dive into the pits for oil, emerging 10 seconds behind Farina-which he rattled off on the next lap, catching Farina just a mile from home to win by several seconds after an otherwise dull race. Piero Taruffi had been running in third behind his teammates, but he lost the position to Rudi Fischer towards the end of the race when he encountered problems due to his suspension breaking. Fischer's podium and Taruffi's fourth place-finish ensured that it was a Ferrari 1-2-3-4. Manzon, who had been running in fourth for much of the first half of the race, between Taruffi and Fischer, was forced to retire when a wheel fell off his car. This meant that his teammate Behra was left to take the final points in fifth position in his Gordini, ahead of Roger Laurent's Ferrari. Felice Bonetto, of the factory Maserati team, was disqualified for receiving a push start after his first lap spin.

Ascari, who had taken his fourth consecutive victory, along with a fourth consecutive fastest lap, had now scored the maximum of 36 points for the season, as only a driver's four best results counted. As a result, he clinched the world championship, making him the first driver to win the championship with two races left to go.[1] The date was 3 August, the earliest anyone would claim the Championship until Jim Clark seized the crown on 1 August in 1965, also at the Nürburgring. Ascari's teammates, Taruffi and Farina, remained in second and third, respectively, in the Drivers' Championship, while Swiss driver Fischer's second podium of the season raised him up to fourth in the standings.

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
101   Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
102   Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
103   Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
104   Piero Carini Scuderia Marzotto Ferrari Ferrari 166F2-50 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 P
105   Felice Bonetto Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
107   Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
108   Jean Behra Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
109   Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
110   Marcel Balsa Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW Balsa Spécial BMW 328 2.0 L6 E
111   Peter Collins HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
112   Paul Frère HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
113   Johnny Claes HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
114   Bill Aston W.S. Aston Aston Butterworth Aston NB41 Aston Butterworth F4 2.0 F4 D
115   Gino Bianco Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
116   Eitel Cantoni Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
117   Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
118   Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 P
119   Roger Laurent Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
120   Tony Gaze Tony Gaze HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
121   Fritz Riess Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
122   Theo Helfrich Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
123   Willi Heeks Willi Heeks AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M8) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
124   Helmut Niedermayr Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M6) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
125   Toni Ulmen Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW Veritas Meteor BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
126   Adolf Brudes Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
127   Paul Pietsch Motor Presse Verlag Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ?
128   Hans Klenk Hans Klenk Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ?
129   Josef Peters Josef Peters Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
130   Günther Bechem Bernd Nacke Nacke-BMW Nacke Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
131   Ludwig Fischer Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW AFM 49 BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
133   Willi Krakau Willi Krakau AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M3) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
134   Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW Krakau Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
135   Ernst Klodwig Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW Heck Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
136   Rudolf Krause Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW Reif Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
Sources:[2][3][4]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Only the lap times from the 7 best placed drivers are known.

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 101   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 10:04.4
2 102   Nino Farina Ferrari 10:07.3 + 2.9
3 109   Maurice Trintignant Gordini 10:19.1 + 14.7
4 107   Robert Manzon Gordini 10:25.3 + 20.9
5 103   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 10:26.3 + 21.9
6 117   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 10:41.9 + 37.5
7 127   Paul Pietsch Veritas 10:56.3 + 51.9
8 128   Hans Klenk Veritas
9 123   Willi Heeks AFM-BMW
10 105   Felice Bonetto Maserati
11 108   Jean Behra Gordini
12 121   Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW
13 112   Paul Frère HWM-Alta
14 120   Tony Gaze HWM-Alta
15 125   Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW
16 115   Gino Bianco Maserati
17 119   Roger Laurent Ferrari
18 122   Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW
19 126   Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW
20 129   Josef Peters Veritas-BMW
21 114   Bill Aston Aston Butterworth
22 124   Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW
23 136   Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW
24 118   Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari
25 110   Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW
26 116   Eitel Cantoni Maserati
27 104   Piero Carini Ferrari
28 133   Willi Krakau AFM-BMW
29 135   Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW
30 130   Günther Bechem Nacke-BMW
31 131   Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW
32 113   Johnny Claes HWM-Alta
33 111   Peter Collins HWM-Alta
34 134   Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 101   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 18 3:06:13.3 1 91
2 102   Nino Farina Ferrari 18 +14.1 2 6
3 117   Rudi Fischer Ferrari 18 +7:10.1 6 4
4 103   Piero Taruffi Ferrari 17 +1 lap 5 3
5 108   Jean Behra Gordini 17 +1 lap 11 2
6 119   Roger Laurent Ferrari 16 +2 laps 17
7 121   Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW 16 +2 laps 12
8 125   Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW 16 +2 laps 15
9 124   Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW 15 +3 laps 22
10 113   Johnny Claes HWM-Alta 15 +3 laps 32
11 128   Hans Klenk Veritas 14 +4 laps 8
12 135   Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW 14 +4 laps 29
Ret 107   Robert Manzon Gordini 8 Accident 4
Ret 123   Willi Heeks AFM-BMW 7 Engine 9
Ret 120   Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 6 Gearbox 14
Ret 126   Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW 5 Engine 19
Ret 110   Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW 5 Engine 25
Ret 130   Günther Bechem Nacke-BMW 5 Ignition 30
Ret 116   Eitel Cantoni Maserati 4 Axle 26
Ret 136   Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW 3 Engine 23
Ret 118   Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari 3 Suspension 24
Ret 114   Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 2 Oil pressure 21
Ret 109   Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1 Accident 3
Ret 127   Paul Pietsch Veritas 1 Gearbox 7
DSQ 105   Felice Bonetto Maserati 1 Disqualified 10
Ret 112   Paul Frère HWM-Alta 1 Gearbox 13
Ret 122   Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW 1 Engine 18
Ret 129   Josef Peters Veritas-BMW 1 Engine 20
Ret 104   Piero Carini Ferrari 1 Brakes 27
Ret 115   Gino Bianco Maserati 0 Engine 16
DNS 133   Willi Krakau AFM-BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 131   Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 134   Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 111   Peter Collins HWM-Alta 0 Engine
Source:[5]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Alberto Ascari 36
  2   Piero Taruffi 22
  3   Nino Farina 18
  3 4   Rudi Fischer 10
  1 5   Troy Ruttman 8
Source: [6]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "German GP, 1952 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ "1952 German Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ "1952 German GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Phoenix from the flames, part 6: East German BMW specials". forix. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "1952 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Germany 1952 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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