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The 1954 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims on 4 July 1954, the same date as the 1954 Football World Cup Final. It was race 4 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. The 61-lap race was won by Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from pole position. His teammate Karl Kling finished second and Ferrari driver Robert Manzon came in third.

1954 French Grand Prix
Reims-Gueux layout
Reims-Gueux layout
Race details
Date 4 July 1954
Official name XLI Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location Reims Circuit, Reims, France
Course Temporary road course
Course length 8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 506.422 km (314.676 mi)
Weather Overcast, wet
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 2:29.4
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Hans Herrmann Mercedes
Time 2:32.9 on lap 3
Podium
First
  • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

Contents

Race reportEdit

The long-awaited Mercedes W196 with its straight-8 fuel-injection engine made its debut with Juan Manuel Fangio transferring from Maserati to join an otherwise all-German line-up of Hans Herrmann, Karl Kling and pre-war driver Hermann Lang. It was a dominant return with Fangio recording a practice lap of 124.31 mph. He and Kling led away and continued to race side by side around the Rheims track. The Ferrari drivers simply couldn't cope with the pace. José Froilán González retired after 12 laps and Mike Hawthorn's car blew up spectacularly. Former Ferrari double World Champion (1952 & 1953) Alberto Ascari drove a Maserati, as the Lancia D50 was not yet ready for racing, and lasted only 1 lap after starting on the outside of the front row. Herrmann set fastest lap before retiring, but Fangio and Kling continued their duel until the last lap when team orders were put in force and Fangio led Kling over the line by a mere 0.1 seconds-half a car length. Only six cars finished the gruelling race.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 2:29.4
2 20   Karl Kling Mercedes 2:30.4 + 1.0
3 10   Alberto Ascari Maserati 2:30.5 + 1.1
4 2   José Froilán González Ferrari 2:30.6 + 1.2
5 12   Onofre Marimón Maserati 2:31.6 + 2.2
6 46   Prince Bira Maserati 2:35.1 + 5.7
7 22   Hans Herrmann Mercedes 2:35.3 + 5.9
8 6   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:35.6 + 6.2
9 4   Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 2:36.1 + 6.7
10 44   Roy Salvadori Maserati 2:36.3 + 6.9
11 16   Roberto Mieres Maserati 2:38.7 + 9.3
12 34   Robert Manzon Ferrari 2:42.0 + 12.6
13 36   Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:42.1 + 12.7
14 14   Luigi Villoresi Maserati 2:42.7 + 13.3
15 32   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 2:52.5 + 23.1
16 42   Ken Wharton Maserati 3:09.3 + 39.9
17 24   Jean Behra Gordini No time
18 26   Jacques Pollet Gordini No time
19 28   Paul Frère Gordini No time
20 30   Georges Berger Gordini No time
21 48   Harry Schell Maserati No time
DNA 40   Sergio Mantovani Maserati No time
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 61 2:42:47.9 1 8
2 20   Karl Kling Mercedes 61 + 0.1 2 6
3 34   Robert Manzon Ferrari 60 + 1 Lap 12 4
4 46   Prince Bira Maserati 60 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 14   Luigi Villoresi Maserati 58 + 3 Laps 14 2
6 24   Jean Behra Gordini 56 + 5 Laps 17  
Ret 28   Paul Frère Gordini 50 Axle 19  
Ret 4   Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 36 Engine 9  
Ret 36   Louis Rosier Ferrari 27 Engine 13  
Ret 12   Onofre Marimón Maserati 27 Gearbox 5  
Ret 16   Roberto Mieres Maserati 24 Engine 11  
Ret 42   Ken Wharton Maserati 19 Transmission 16  
Ret 48   Harry Schell Maserati 19 Fuel Pump 21  
Ret 22   Hans Herrmann Mercedes 16 Engine 7 11
Ret 44   Roy Salvadori Maserati 15 Half Shaft 10  
Ret 2   José Froilán González Ferrari 13 Engine 4  
Ret 32   Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 10 Engine 15  
Ret 30   Georges Berger Gordini 9 Engine 20  
Ret 6   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 9 Engine 8  
Ret 26   Jacques Pollet Gordini 8 Engine 18  
Ret 10   Alberto Ascari Maserati 1 Transmission 3  
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 – 1 point for fastest lap

NotesEdit

  • F1 Debut: Jacques Pollet, Karl Kling, Mercedes and Continental tyre.
  • Debut win for Mercedes and Continental in Formula One.
  • Excluding the Indianapolis 500, this was the first time a non-Italian constructor won a Formula One World Championship race.
  • The Thillois hairpin had been changed from the year before. The original corner's surface was laid out with bricks; the new corner bypassed this hairpin with a new smooth tarmac surface.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 25
  2   Maurice Trintignant 9
  3   Bill Vukovich 8
  4   José Froilán González 6.5
  5   Nino Farina 6
Source: [3]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Franch 1954 - Qualifying". statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ "1954 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ "France 1954 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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