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1954 Swiss Grand Prix

The 1954 Swiss Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Bremgarten on 22 August 1954. It was race 7 of 9 in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. The 66-lap race was won by Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from second position. José Froilán González finished second for the Ferrari team and Fangio's teammate Hans Herrmann came in third.

1954 Swiss Grand Prix
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Race details
Date 22 August 1954
Official name XIV Großer Preis der Schweiz
Location Bremgarten, Bern, Switzerland
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 7.280 km (4.524 mi)
Distance 66 laps, 480.480 km (298.556 mi)
Weather Rain
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:39.5
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes
Time 2:39.7 on lap 34
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Ferrari
Third Mercedes

Race reportEdit

The Mercedes domination continued as Fangio led from start to finish. Moss soon passed Gonzalez for 2nd and battled ferociously to catch Fangio. However, he was himself soon under pressure as Hawthorn caught him. The two duelled furiously in a superb patriotic spectacle, ended only when Moss's engine gave way. Hawthorn himself succumbed to fuel feed problems. Gonzalez thus ended in second, whilst Fangio lapped the entire field up to second, winning by nearly a minute. Hans Herrmann in the sister Mercedes took the final podium spot.

The Driver's championship was to be decided at this race. Works Ferrari driver José Froilán González needed to win to stay in contention to beat Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio on points and after finishing 2nd to Fangio, he still had 23 1/7 points to Fangio's 42. With the rules in place at the time, González could not overhaul Fangio's total with 2 races left, and so the title went to Fangio for the 2nd time.

This would be the last F1 race in Switzerland. Following the 1955 Le Mans disaster the Swiss government banned all forms of motor racing. Swiss Grands Prix were subsequently held in 1975 (non-championship) and 1982 but both races took place in France.

There would not be any form of circuit motor racing in Switzerland for nearly sixty four years. In 2015, Switzerland lifted their ban on motor racing for electric vehicles only.[1] The first race organized after the ban was lifted was a 2018 Formula E Championship race taking place in the streets of Zurich.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 20   José Froilán González Ferrari 2:39.5
2 4   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 2:39.7 + 0.2
3 32   Stirling Moss Maserati 2:41.4 + 1.9
4 26   Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 2:41.7 + 2.2
5 8   Karl Kling Mercedes 2:41.9 + 2.4
6 22   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:43.2 + 3.7
7 6   Hans Herrmann Mercedes 2:45.0 + 5.5
8 18   Ken Wharton Maserati 2:46.2 + 6.7
9 28   Sergio Mantovani Maserati 2:56.9 + 17.4
10 12   Clemar Bucci Gordini 3:04.1 + 24.6
11 24   Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 3:08.2 + 28.7
12 30   Roberto Mieres Maserati 3:09.3 + 29.8
13 34   Harry Schell Maserati 3:12.1 + 32.6
14 10   Jean Behra Gordini 3:16.4 + 36.9
15 14   Fred Wacker Gordini 3:20.3 + 40.8
16 2   Jacques Swaters Ferrari 3:20.4 + 40.9
17 24   Robert Manzon Ferrari No time
DNA 16   Roy Salvadori Maserati No time
DNA 36   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati No time

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 4   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 66 3:00:34.5 2 91
2 20   José Froilán González Ferrari 66 +57.8 1 6
3 6   Hans Herrmann Mercedes 65 +1 lap 7 4
4 30   Roberto Mieres Maserati 64 +2 laps 12 3
5 28   Sergio Mantovani Maserati 64 +2 laps 9 2
6 18   Ken Wharton Maserati 64 +2 laps 8
7 24   Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 61 +5 laps 11
8 2   Jacques Swaters Ferrari 58 +8 laps 16
Ret 8   Karl Kling Mercedes 38 Fuel system 5
Ret 26   Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 33 Engine 4
Ret 22   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 30 Oil leak 6
Ret 34   Harry Schell Maserati 23 Oil pump 13
Ret 32   Stirling Moss Maserati 21 Oil pump 3
Ret 14   Fred Wacker Gordini 10 Transmission 15
Ret 10   Jean Behra Gordini 8 Clutch 14
Ret 12   Clemar Bucci Gordini 0 Fuel pump 10
DNS 24   Robert Manzon Ferrari Accident
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 42 (45 ​17)
  2   José Froilán González 23 ​914
  3   Maurice Trintignant 15
  4   Mike Hawthorn 10 ​914
  5   Karl Kling 10
Source: [3]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Switzerland ready to race electric". www.juliusbaer.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "1954 Swiss Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Switzerland 1954 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.


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