1951 Formula One season

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1951 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Juan Manuel Fangio
Previous: 1950 Next: 1952
Alfa Romeo won four of the eight World Championship races in 1951 with the Type 159

The 1951 Formula One season was the second season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1951 World Championship of Drivers,[1] which commenced on 27 May 1951 and ended on 28 October after eight races. The season also included 14 races that were open to Formula One cars but did not count towards the championship standings.

Season summary[edit]

Ferrari's newer, unsupercharged 4.5 litre cars offered a real challenge to the Alfas, which were nearing the end of their development potential. The Ferraris were able to capitalize on the inefficiency of the Alfa's very thirsty engines, particularly at Silverstone. Although Alfas won four races, with Fangio taking the championship, Ferrari's three victories spelled the end for the Alfas. BRM made their only championship appearance with the V16 at Silverstone, and the old, slow Talbots were increasingly outclassed.

Points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for fastest lap. Only the best four of eight scores counted towards the world championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps.

Season review[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten 27 May Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
2 United States Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May United States Duke Nalon United States Lee Wallard United States Lee Wallard United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F Report
3 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 17 June Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
4 France French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux 1 July Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Luigi Fagioli
Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone 14 July Argentina José Froilán González Italy Giuseppe Farina Argentina José Froilán González Italy Ferrari P Report
6 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 29 July Italy Alberto Ascari Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 16 September Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
8 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Pedralbes 28 October Italy Alberto Ascari Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report

The World Championship Grand Prix races were open to FIA Formula One cars however the Indianapolis 500 was restricted to American Championship Cars.

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1951 FIA World Championship of Drivers

Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 World Championship of Drivers, driving for Alfa Romeo
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Belgium Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Belgium Johnny Claes 1, 3–8
France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Philippe Étancelin 1, 3–4, 6, 8
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1, 3–4, 6–8
France Guy Mairesse 1, 4
France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Louis Rosier 1, 3–8
France Henri Louveau 1
Monaco Louis Chiron 3–8
United Kingdom HW Motors HWM-Alta 51 Alta 2.0 L4s D United Kingdom George Abecassis 1
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
375
Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s
Ferrari 375 4.5 V12
D
P
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 1
Italy Luigi Villoresi 1, 3–8
Italy Alberto Ascari 1, 3–8
Italy Piero Taruffi 1, 3, 6–8
Argentina José Froilán González 4–8
Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P Italy Giuseppe Farina 1, 3–8
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1, 3–8
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 1, 7–8
Italy Consalvo Sanesi 1, 3–5
Italy Luigi Fagioli 4
Italy Felice Bonetto 5–8
West Germany Paul Pietsch 6
Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Monaco Louis Chiron 1
United States Harry Schell 1, 4
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 4, 6
Switzerland Ecurie Espadon Ferrari 212
166
Ferrari 375 2.5 V12 P Switzerland Rudi Fischer 1, 6–7
Argentina José Froilán González Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Argentina José Froilán González 1
Switzerland Peter Hirt Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 P Switzerland Peter Hirt 1
Belgium Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Belgium André Pilette 3
Belgium Jacques Swaters 6–7
France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Pierre Levegh 3, 6–7
United Kingdom Graham Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s D United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 4
United Kingdom GA Vandervell Ferrari 375 tw Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 P United Kingdom Reg Parnell 4
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 5
France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini 15
11
Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E France Robert Manzon 4, 6–8
France Maurice Trintignant 4, 6, 8
France André Simon 4, 6–8
France Aldo Gordini 4
France Jean Behra 7
France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Eugène Chaboud 4
Italy Scuderia Milano Maserati-Milano
Maserati
4CLT/50
4CLT/48
Milano 1.5 L4s
Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s
P Argentina Onofre Marimón 4
Spain Paco Godia 8
Spain Juan Jover 8
Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly 5
United Kingdom BRM Ltd BRM P15 BRM P15 1.5 V16s D United Kingdom Reg Parnell 5, 7
United Kingdom Peter Walker 5
United Kingdom Ken Richardson 7
West Germany Hans Stuck 7
United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Bob Gerard 5
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 5
Italy Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom David Murray 5–6
United Kingdom John James Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom John James 5
United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker 5
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton 5–6
Switzerland Antonio Branca Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Switzerland Toni Branca 6
Brazil Francisco Landi Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 P Brazil Chico Landi 7
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s D United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 7
Italy OSCA Automobili OSCA 4500G OSCA 4500 4.5 V12 P Italy Franco Rol 7
Thailand Prince Bira Maserati-OSCA 4CLT/48 OSCA 4500 4.5 V12 P Thailand B. Bira 8
France Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Georges Grignard 8

1951 World Championship of Drivers final standings[edit]

Pos. Driver SUI
Switzerland
500
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts.
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1 (9) (1)† / 11† 2 2 Ret 1 31 (37)
2 Italy Alberto Ascari 6 2 2† Ret 1 1 (4) 25 (28)
3 Argentina José Froilán González Ret (2)† 1 3 2 2 24 (27)
4 Italy Giuseppe Farina 3 1 (5) (Ret) Ret 3† / Ret 3 19 (22)
5 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ret 3 3 3 4 (4) Ret 15 (18)
6 Italy Piero Taruffi 2 Ret 5 5 Ret 10
7 United States Lee Wallard 1 9
8 Italy Felice Bonetto 4 Ret 3† 5 7
9 United States Mike Nazaruk 2 6
10 United Kingdom Reg Parnell 4 5 DNS 5
11 Italy Luigi Fagioli 1† / 11† 4
12 Italy Consalvo Sanesi 4 Ret 10 6 3
13 France Louis Rosier 9 4 Ret 10 8 7 7 3
14 United States Andy Linden 4 3
15 United States Manny Ayulo 3† 2
16 United States Jack McGrath 3† 2
17 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 2
18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Ret 5 7 Ret 8 Ret 2
19 United States Bobby Ball 5 2
Monaco Louis Chiron 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Switzerland Rudi Fischer 11 6 0
France André Simon Ret Ret 6 Ret 0
United States Henry Banks 6 0
Belgium André Pilette 6 0
France Robert Manzon Ret 7 Ret 9 0
Belgium Johnny Claes 13 7 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 0
United States Carl Forberg 7 0
United Kingdom Peter Walker 7 0
France Pierre Levegh 8 9 Ret 0
France Philippe Étancelin 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 0
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8 0
United States Duane Carter 8 0
France Eugène Chaboud 8 0
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 8 0
France Guy Mairesse 14 9 0
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ret Ret 9 Ret 0
Italy Franco Rol 9 0
Belgium Jacques Swaters 10 Ret 0
Spain Paco Godia 10 0
United Kingdom Bob Gerard 11 0
United States Harry Schell 12 Ret 0
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton 12 Ret 0
Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly NC 0
France Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
France Henri Louveau Ret 0
United Kingdom George Abecassis Ret 0
Switzerland Peter Hirt Ret 0
United States Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
United States Duke Nalon Ret 0
United States Gene Force Ret 0
United States Sam Hanks Ret 0
United States Bill Schindler Ret 0
United States Mauri Rose Ret 0
United States Walt Faulkner Ret 0
United States Jimmy Davies Ret 0
United States Fred Agabashian Ret 0
United States Carl Scarborough Ret 0
United States Bill Mackey Ret 0
United States Chuck Stevenson Ret 0
United States Johnnie Parsons Ret 0
United States Cecil Green Ret 0
United States Troy Ruttman Ret 0
United States Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
United States Chet Miller Ret 0
United States Walt Brown Ret 0
United States Rodger Ward Ret 0
United States Cliff Griffith Ret 0
United States Bill Vukovich Ret 0
United States George Connor Ret 0
United States Mack Hellings Ret 0
United States Joe James Ret 0
United States Johnny McDowell Ret 0
France Aldo Gordini Ret 0
Argentina Onofre Marimón Ret 0
United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Ret 0
United Kingdom David Murray Ret 0
United Kingdom John James Ret 0
West Germany Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Switzerland Toni Branca Ret 0
Brazil Chico Landi Ret 0
France Georges Grignard Ret 0
Thailand Prince Bira Ret 0
United Kingdom Ken Richardson DNS 0
Spain Juan Jover DNS 0
Pos. Driver SUI
Switzerland
500
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between two or more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship, also held in 1951.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Italy I Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 11 March Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari Report
France XII Pau Grand Prix Pau 26 March Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom III Richmond Trophy Goodwood 26 March Thailand B. Bira Italy Maserati Report
Italy VI Gran Premio di Sanremo Ospedaletti 22 April Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Report
France I Grand Prix de Bordeaux Bordeaux 29 April France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
United Kingdom III BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 5 May United Kingdom Reg Parnell Italy Ferrari Report
France V Grand Prix de Paris Bois de Boulogne 20 May Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom V Ulster Trophy Dundrod 2 June Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom I Scottish Grand Prix Winfield 21 July United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Italy Maserati Report
Netherlands II Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoort 22 July France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
France XIII Grand Prix de l'Albigeois Albi 5 August France Maurice Trintignant France Simca-Gordini Report
Italy XX Circuito di Pescara Pescara 15 August Argentina José Froilán González Italy Ferrari Report
Italy V Gran Premio di Bari Bari 2 September Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom IV Goodwood Trophy Goodwood 29 September Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 118

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