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The 1953 British Grand Prix was a Formula Two motor race held on 18 July 1953 at Silverstone Circuit. It was race 6 of 9 in the 1953 World Championship of Drivers, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 90-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. Juan Manuel Fangio finished second for the Maserati team and Ascari's teammate Nino Farina came in third.

1953 British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit in 1952–1973 configuration
Silverstone Circuit in 1952–1973 configuration
Race details
Date 18 July 1953
Official name VI RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.7105 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 423.949 km (263.43 mi)
Weather Overcast, showers
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:48.0
Fastest lap
Drivers Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Fastest lap Argentina José Froilán González Maserati
Time 1:50.0
Podium
First
  • Italy Alberto Ascari
Ferrari
Second Maserati
Third Ferrari

This race was the first Formula One Grand Prix to be televised live.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:48.0
2 24   José Froilán González Maserati 1:49.0 + 1.0
3 8   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 1:49.2 + 1.2
4 23   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 1:50.0 + 2.0
5 6   Nino Farina Ferrari 1:50.5 + 2.5
6 7   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:51.0 + 3.0
7 26   Onofre Marimón Maserati 1:51.3 + 3.3
8 29   Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1:52.0 + 4.0
9 28   Harry Schell Gordini 1:52.0 + 4.0
10 14   Tony Rolt Connaught-Lea-Francis 1:54.0 + 6.0
11 16   Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 1:54.0 + 6.0
12 1   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 1:57.0 + 9.0
13 11   Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea-Francis 1:57.6 + 9.6
14 20   Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 1:57.8 + 9.8
15 18   Jimmy Stewart Cooper-Bristol 1:58.0 + 10.0
16 25   Felice Bonetto Maserati 1:58.2 + 10.2
17 3   Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 2:02.0 + 14.0
18 17   Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 2:02.0 + 14.0
19 10   Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:04.0 + 16.0
20 15   Ian Stewart Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:04.0 + 16.0
21 19   Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 2:04.0 + 16.0
22 30   Jean Behra Gordini 2:04.0 + 16.0
23 2   Peter Collins HWM-Alta 2:05.0 + 17.0
24 9   Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:07.0 + 19.0
25 22   Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol 2:07.4 + 19.4
26 31   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:08.0 + 20.0
27 4   Jack Fairman HWM-Alta 2:08.4 + 20.4
28 12   Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:09.0 + 21.0
29 27   Louis Chiron OSCA No time
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 90 2:50:00 1 8.51
2 23   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 90 + 1:00 4 6
3 6   Nino Farina Ferrari 88 + 2 Laps 5 4
4 24   José Froilán González Maserati 88 + 2 Laps 2 3.51
5 8   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 87 + 3 Laps 3 2
6 25   Felice Bonetto Maserati 82 + 8 Laps 16  
7 10   Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 82 + 8 Laps 19  
8 16   Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 80 + 10 Laps 11  
9 20   Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 79 + 11 Laps 14  
10 9   Louis Rosier Ferrari 78 + 12 Laps 24  
Ret 18   Jimmy Stewart Cooper-Bristol 79 Spun off 15  
Ret 14   Tony Rolt Connaught-Lea-Francis 70 Halfshaft 10  
Ret 7   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 65 Axle 6  
Ret 26   Onofre Marimón Maserati 65 Engine 7  
Ret 19   Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 56 Overheating 21  
Ret 2   Peter Collins HWM-Alta 56 Spun off 23  
Ret 4   Jack Fairman HWM-Alta 54 Clutch 27  
Ret 12   Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 50 Wheel 28  
Ret 31   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 34 Clutch 26  
Ret 1   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 31 Clutch 12  
Ret 30   Jean Behra Gordini 30 Fuel Pump 22  
Ret 15   Ian Stewart Connaught-Lea-Francis 24 Ignition 20  
Ret 29   Maurice Trintignant Gordini 14 Axle 8  
Ret 3   Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 14 Clutch 17  
Ret 17   Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 8 Suspension 18  
Ret 28   Harry Schell Gordini 5 Electrical 9  
Ret 11   Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea-Francis 0 Retirement 13  
Ret 22   Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol 0 Fuel System 25  
DNS 27   Louis Chiron OSCA 0 Did not start  
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 0.5 points for shared fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Alberto Ascari 33.5 (36.5)
  2   Mike Hawthorn 16
  1 3   José Froilán González 13.5 (14.5)
  1 4   Luigi Villoresi 13
  2 5   Juan Manuel Fangio 13
Source: [3]
  • 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. ^ "Britain 1953 - Qualifications". statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ "1953 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Britain 1953 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.


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