1931 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1931 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
1931 Grand Prix season
Circuit de Monaco 1950.png
Date 19 April 1931
Official name III Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo
Course Street circuit
3.180 km (1.976 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 318.0 km (197.6 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver France René Dreyfus Maserati
Fastest lap
Drivers Monaco Louis Chiron
Italy Luigi Fagioli
Italy Achille Varzi
Bugatti
Maserati
Bugatti
Time 2:07
Podium
First Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti
Second Italy Luigi Fagioli Maserati
Third Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti

The 1931 Monaco Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at the Circuit de Monaco on 19 April 1931.

With 16 Bugattis in a field of 23 cars, the event was close to being a single-make race. Among the 16 were four factory-team Type 51s driven by the Monegasque Louis Chiron, the Italian Achille Varzi and the French Albert Divo and Guy Bouriat. The real challenge came from the Maserati 8C 2500's driven by Rene Dreyfus, the Italian Luigi Fagioli and Clemente Bondietti. Rudolf Caracciola with his huge Mercedes SSKL (Super Sport Short Light-Weight) was uncompetitive as his larger car performed poorly around the tight Monaco track.

The race was between the blue cars from Molsheim and the red ones from Modena. When the start flag dropped it was Rene Dreyfus in his red Maserati who led into St. Devote, only to be passed by 'Williams' on the hill to the Casino, but his lead was short lived as the Brit was sidelined by a broken valve spring, and his race was over. Achille Varzi and Caracciola started closing on Dreyfus and Varzi managed to overtake the Frenchman on the 7th lap. Caracciola struggled with a slipping clutch that gave in on lap 53.

Starting slowly, Louis Chiron eventually displayed his talents; gaining back ground with a new lap record time. He caught up with all his opponents and left them behind. Chiron, a native of Monaco, finished the race some 5 minutes ahead of Luigi Fagioli.

Jean Bugatti couldn't control his joy and jumped over the parapet of the bleachers and fell into Louis Chiron's arms. For the Monegasque, this Monaco Grand Prix victory really confirmed his reputation.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
2 Germany Ernst-Günther Burggaller German Bugatti Team Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
4 Germany Hermann zu Leiningen German Bugatti Team Bugatti Bugatti T35C 2.0 L8
6 Germany Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen German Bugatti Team Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
8 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Private entry Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SSKL 7.1 L6
10 United Kingdom Earl Howe Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
12 United Kingdom Clifton Penn-Hughes Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35 2.0 L8
14 United Kingdom Henry Birkin Private entry Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
16 Germany Bernhard Ackerl Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T37 1.5 L4
18 Chile Juan Zanelli Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
20 France Guy Bouriat Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
22 Monaco Louis Chiron Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
24 France Albert Divo Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
26 Italy Achille Varzi Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
28 France Philippe Étancelin Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35C 2.0 L8
30 Poland Stanislas Czaykowski Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
32 France Marcel Lehoux Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
34 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35C 2.0 L8
36 Russia Boris Ivanowski Private entry Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SSK 7.1 L6
38 France André Boillot Private entry Peugeot Peugeot 174S 4.0 L4
40 Italy Luigi Arcangeli SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 1.8 L6
42 Italy Baconin Borzacchini SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 1.8 L6
44 Italy Tazio Nuvolari SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 2.3 L8
46 Italy Goffredo Zehender Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 GS 1.8 L6
48 Italy Clemente Biondetti Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
50 France René Dreyfus Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
52 Italy Luigi Fagioli Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
54 Switzerland Carlo Pedrazzini Private entry Maserati Maserati 26B 2.0 L8
56 Switzerland Hans Stuber Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35C 2.0 L8

Starting grid[edit]

Starting grid — 1931 Monaco Grand Prix
France Dreyfus
Maserati
Switzerland Stuber
Bugatti
Germany Ackerl
Bugatti
United Kingdom Grover-Williams
Bugatti
Germany Caracciola
Mercedes-Benz
France Divo
Bugatti
France Lehoux
Bugatti
France Boillot
Peugeot
Italy Biondetti
Maserati
Italy Varzi
Bugatti
Monaco Chiron
Bugatti
Germany von Morgen
Bugatti
Italy Zehender
Alfa Romeo
Italy Fagioli
Maserati
United Kingdom Penn-Hughes
Bugatti
France Étancelin
Bugatti
United Kingdom Howe
Bugatti
Germany Burggaller
Bugatti
Chile Zanelli
Bugatti
France Bouriat
Bugatti
Poland Czaykowski
Bugatti
Germany zu Leiningen
Bugatti
Switzerland Pedrazzini
Maserati

Note: grid slots were determined by drawing lots (Birkin and Ivanowski had provisionally been due to start on the first and seventh row, respectively).[1]

Classification[edit]

Soon after the start
Louis Chiron winning

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 22 Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti T51 100 3:39:09.2 11
2 52 Italy Luigi Fagioli Maserati 26M 100 +3:55.4 14
3 26 Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti T51 100 +4:04.0 10
4 20 France Guy Bouriat Bugatti T51 98 +2 laps 20
5 46 Italy Goffredo Zehender Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 GS 97 +3 laps 13
6 38 France André Boillot Peugeot 174S 96 +4 laps 8
Ret 50 France René Dreyfus Maserati 26M 91 Magneto 1
7 48 Italy Clemente Biondetti Maserati 26M 91 +9 laps 9
8 12 United Kingdom Clifton Penn-Hughes Bugatti T35 89 +11 laps 15
9 30 Poland Stanislas Czaykowski Bugatti T35B 85 +15 laps 21
Ret 24 France Albert Divo Bugatti T51 66 Engine 6
Ret 10 United Kingdom Earl Howe Bugatti T51 62 Oil pipe/engine 17
Ret 56 Switzerland Hans Stuber Bugatti T35C 59 Drive shaft 2
Ret 16 Germany Bernhard Ackerl Bugatti T37A 55 Transmission 3
Ret 8 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz SSKL 53 Clutch/engine 5
Ret 18 Chile Juan Zanelli Bugatti T35B 47 Piston 19
Ret 4 Germany Hermann zu Leiningen Bugatti T35C 31 Gearbox 22
Ret 6 Germany Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen Bugatti T35B 28 Transmission 12
Ret 2 Germany Ernst-Günther Burggaller Bugatti T35B 26 Engine 18
Ret 32 France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti T35B 15 Transmission 7
Ret 54 Switzerland Carlo Pedrazzini Maserati 26B 13 Ignition 23
Ret 28 France Philippe Étancelin Bugatti T35C 6 Piston 16
Ret 34 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti T35C 5 Valve 4
DNS 14 United Kingdom Henry Birkin Maserati 26M
DNS 36 Russia Boris Ivanowski Mercedes-Benz SSK
DNA 40 Italy Luigi Arcangeli Alfa Romeo 6C-1750
DNA 42 Italy Baconin Borzacchini Alfa Romeo 6C-1750
DNA 44 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo 8C-2300
Sources:[1][2]


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1930 Monaco Grand Prix
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1932 Monaco Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "III GRAND PRIX DE MONACO". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "III Grand Prix de Monaco 1931". driverdb.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 30 June 2013.