1951 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 8 in the 1951 Formula One season
Spa 1950.jpg
Date 17 June 1951
Official name XIII GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
14.12 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.320 km (315.864 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 4:25.0
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 4:22.1
Podium
First Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari
Third Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari

The 1951 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 17 June 1951 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was the third round of the 1951 World Drivers' Championship.

Report[edit]

Despite there being just 13 starters representing 3 makes of car, the race attracted a record crowd. There were a further 3 entries, including 2 Maseratis, which did not attend the event. Fangio had a new suspension with special wheels, which had to be concave to make room for the brake drums. These proved an expensive novelty. At his first pit stop, they jammed and his stop lasted over 14 minutes. Farina's Alfa Romeo dominated, holding off the Ferraris of Ascari and Villoresi. A lightning stop of 39 seconds for wheel change and refuelling preserved his lead until the finish.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
4 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
6 Italy Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
8 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
12 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
14 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 Monaco Louis Chiron Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 France Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 Belgium André Pilette Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 E
26 France Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
28 Thailand Prince Bira Ecurie Siam Maserati-OSCA Maserati 4CLT-48 OSCA V12 P
30 Argentina José Froilán González Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32 United Kingdom Reg Parnell G. A. Vandervell Ferrari Ferrari 375 tw Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
Sources: [1][2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 4:25.0
2 4 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 4:28.0 + 3.0
3 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 4:29.0 + 4.0
4 8 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4:30.0 + 5.0
5 12 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 4:32.0 + 7.0
6 6 Italy Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 4:36.0 + 11.0
7 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:45.0 + 20.0
8 22 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:52.0 + 27.0
9 18 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:01.0 + 36.0
10 20 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:04.0 + 39.0
11 16 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:09.0 + 44.0
12 24 Belgium André Pilette Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:16.0 + 51.0
13 26 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:17.0 + 52.0
DNA 28 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati
DNA 30 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati
DNA 32 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Ferrari

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 36 2:45:46.2 2 8
2 8 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 36 + 2:51.0 4 6
3 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 36 + 4:21.9 3 4
4 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 7 3
5 22 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 8 2
6 24 Belgium André Pilette Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 12  
7 16 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 11  
8 26 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 32 + 4 Laps 13  
9 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 32 + 4 Laps 1 1
Ret 18 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 28 Engine 9  
Ret 6 Italy Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 11 Radiator 6  
Ret 12 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 8 Transmission 5  
Ret 20 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Transmission 10  

Notes[edit]

  • First Grand Prix: André Pilette

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1uparrow green.svg 4 1 Italy Nino Farina 12
1downarrow red.svg 1 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 10
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 United States Lee Wallard 9
1uparrow green.svg 8 4 Italy Alberto Ascari 6
1downarrow red.svg 2 5 Italy Piero Taruffi 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1951 Belgian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "1951 Belgian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-05. 


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