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The 1953 French Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 5 July 1953 at Reims. It was race 5 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.

1953 French Grand Prix
Reims-Gueux layout
Reims-Gueux layout
Race details
Date 5 July 1953
Official name XL Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location Reims Circuit, Gueux, France
Course Temporary road course
Course length 8.347 km (5.187 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 500.820 km (311.195 mi)
Weather Hot, dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:41.2
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 2:41.0 on lap 25
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Maserati
Third Maserati

Not only had the Reims circuit's layout changed, the name was different – both in regard to the same thing. The new, faster and slightly longer circuit bypassed the town of Gueux and as a result, the circuit was now called "Reims".

It is popularly known as 'the race of the century' because of the sixty lap battle between Briton Mike Hawthorn and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio.[1][2] Hawthorn won the duel after they reportedly swapped the lead at virtually every corner on the Reims circuit. In addition, after 500 km of racing, the four lead cars were less than 5 seconds apart.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 10   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:41.2
2 24   Felice Bonetto Maserati 2:41.5 + 0.3
3 12   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:41.9 + 0.7
4 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 2:42.0 + 0.8
5 20   José Froilán González Maserati 2:42.4 + 1.2
6 14   Nino Farina Ferrari 2:42.5 + 1.3
7 16   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:43.5 + 2.3
8 22   Onofre Marimón Maserati 2:44.4 + 3.2
9 46   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:46.1 + 4.9
10 44   Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:51.1 + 9.9
11 42   Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:53.2 + 12.0
12 38   Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 2:54.2 + 13.0
13 36   Stirling Moss Cooper-Alta 2:55.7 + 14.5
14 40   Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 2:55.8 + 14.6
15 34   Élie Bayol OSCA 2:56.9 + 15.7
16 26   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 2:57.2 + 16.0
17 28   Peter Collins HWM-Alta 3:02.0 + 20.8
18 30   Yves Giraud Cabantous HWM-Alta 3:06.7 + 25.5
19 50   Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 3:23.0 + 41.8
20 6   Harry Schell Gordini 3:25.8 + 44.6
21 48   Johnny Claes Connaught-Lea-Francis 4:06.5 + 1:25.3
22 2   Jean Behra Gordini No time
23 4   Maurice Trintignant Gordini No time
24 8   Roberto Mieres Gordini No time
25 32   Louis Chiron OSCA No time
Source:[3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 60 2:44:18.6 7 8
2 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 60 + 1.0 4 71
3 20   José Froilán González Maserati 60 + 1.4 5 4
4 10   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 60 + 4.6 1 3
5 14   Nino Farina Ferrari 60 + 1:07.6 6 2
6 12   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 60 + 1:15.9 3  
7 46   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 58 + 2 Laps 9  
8 44   Louis Rosier Ferrari 56 + 4 Laps 10  
9 22   Onofre Marimón Maserati 55 + 5 Laps 8  
10 2   Jean Behra Gordini 55 + 5 Laps 22  
11 38   Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 55 + 5 Laps 12  
12 48   Johnny Claes Connaught-Lea-Francis 53 + 7 Laps 21  
13 28   Peter Collins HWM-Alta 52 + 8 Laps 17  
14 30   Yves Giraud Cabantous HWM-Alta 50 + 10 Laps 18  
15 32   Louis Chiron OSCA 43 + 17 Laps 25  
Ret 24   Felice Bonetto Maserati 42 Engine 2  
Ret 36   Stirling Moss Cooper-Alta 38 Clutch 13  
Ret 42   Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 29 Differential 11  
Ret 34   Élie Bayol OSCA 18 Engine 15  
Ret 40   Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 17 Wheel bearing 14  
Ret 4   Maurice Trintignant Gordini 14 Transmission 23  
Ret 26   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 9 Clutch 16  
Ret 6   Harry Schell Gordini 4 Engine 20  
Ret 8   Roberto Mieres Gordini 4 Axle 24  
Ret 50   Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 2 Ignition 19  
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Alberto Ascari 28
  5 2   Mike Hawthorn 14
  1 3   Luigi Villoresi 13
  4   José Froilán González 11
  2 5   Bill Vukovich 9
Source: [5]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French GP 1953". sportscars.tv. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  2. ^ Mathieu, Christian. ""The Grand Prix of the century" : Reims 1953". flyandrive.com. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ "XL Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France". silhouet.com. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  4. ^ "1953 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  5. ^ "France 1953 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 4 March 2019.

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