1939 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 4 in the 1939 European Championship
Date 25 June 1939
Official name VIII Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Road course
14.50 km (9.01 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 507.50 km (315.35 mi)
Weather Heavy rain, intermittent
Pole position
Driver Germany Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union
Grid positions set by ballot
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz
Time 5:19.9
First Germany Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz
Second Germany Rudolf Hasse Auto Union
Third Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz

The 1939 Belgian Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held on 25 June 1939 at Spa-Francorchamps.

Richard Seaman crashed at the La Source hairpin into a tree, causing the fuel line to break. Fuel rushed over the car and the car caught fire. Seaman couldn't move because his right hand was broken and he was also trapped by his steering wheel. After a minute of futile rescue attempts, a Belgian soldier walked into the blaze and freed Seaman. However, he had suffered burns on sixty percent of the body and Britain's most successful pre-war driver died before midnight.


Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 Germany Hermann Lang Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W154 35 3:20:21.0 2 1
2 8 Germany Rudolf Hasse Auto Union Auto Union D 35 +16.9 4 2
3 24 Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W154 35 +1:53.0 9 3
4 12 France Raymond Sommer Private entry Alfa Romeo Tipo 308 33 +2 Laps 10 4
5 14 France Robert Mazaud Private entry Delahaye T135CS 31 +4 Laps 11 4
6 18 France Louis Gérard Private entry Delahaye T135CS 30 +5 Laps 12 4
Ret 2 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Auto Union Auto Union D 28 Accident damage 4 4
Ret 6 Germany Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union Auto Union D 26 Valve 1 5
Ret 26 United Kingdom Richard Seaman Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W154 21 Fatal accident 5 5
Ret 10 Italy Giuseppe Farina Private entry Alfa Romeo Tipo 316 20 Supercharger 3 5
Ret 28 Switzerland Adolfo Mandirola Private entry Maserati 6CM 19 Front Suspension 13 5
Ret 8 Germany Georg Meier Auto Union Auto Union D 13 Accident 6 6
Ret 20 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W154 7 Accident 7 7

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