1951 German Grand Prix

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Germany  1951 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 8 in the 1951 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date 29 July 1951
Official name XIV Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 20 laps, 456.20 km (283.47 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari
Time 9:55.8
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 9:55.8
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari
Second Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Third Argentina José Froilán González Scuderia Ferrari

The 1951 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 July 1951 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It was the sixth round of the 1951 World Drivers' Championship.

Report[edit]

Alfa Romeo once again fielded four cars, with local driver Paul Pietsch replacing Consalvo Sanesi, joining Fangio, Farina and Bonetto. Following on from their maiden victory at Silverstone, Ferrari also entered four drivers. Piero Taruffi rejoined their lineup, alongside Ascari, Villoresi and British Grand Prix winner José Froilán González. Ferrari continued their good form from the previous event, with Ascari and González the fastest two qualifiers. Fangio and Farina completed the front row, with Villoresi, Taruffi and Pietsch making up the second row.

Nino Farina initially took the lead, but, by the end of the first lap, had been passed by Fangio, Ascari and González. Paul Pietsch was running in fifth, but ended up at the back of the field after going off on the second lap. When Farina was forced to retire due to overheating problems, Fangio was left as the sole Alfa Romeo able to take the fight to the Ferrari drivers. Alberto Ascari took the lead on the fifth lap as a result of Fangio's first pitstop, but Fangio returned to the lead when Ascari took to the pits. As the Alfas required two pitstops, as opposed to just one for the Ferraris, Fangio needed to build a large lead in his second stint if he wanted to retain the lead after his second stop. He was unable to do so, therefore Ascari reclaimed the lead on the fifteenth lap of the race. Due to a misbehaving engine and a gearbox with only 3rd and 4th (4th being the highest gear), Fangio was unable to take advantage of an unexpected tyre change for Ascari, meaning that the Italian took his maiden World Championship race victory by over half a minute from Fangio. González completed the podium, with the remaining points positions going to the other works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi.[1]

Ascari's victory took him to second in the Championship standings, ten points adrift of Fangio, who extended his lead from the previous race. After his second consecutive podium, José Froilán González moved up to third in the standings, level on points with Farina and Villoresi.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
71 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
72 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
73 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
74 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
75 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
76 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159B Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
77 Italy Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
78 West Germany Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
79 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
80 West Germany Paul Pietsch1 Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
81 France Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
82 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
83 France André Simon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
84 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
85 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
86 France Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
87 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
88 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
89 United Kingdom David Murray Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
90 France Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
91 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
92 Switzerland Toni Branca Antonio Branca Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
93 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
94 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
95 Thailand Prince Bira2 Ecurie Siam Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
96 Sweden Erik Lundgren2 Erik Lundgren EL-Ford EL Special Ford V8  ?
97 Brazil Chico Landi2 Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
Sources: [2][3]
^1 — Paul Pietsch qualified and raced in a different car, the #78 Alfa Romeo.[4]
^2 — Prince Bira, Erik Lundgren and Chico Landi all withdrew from the event prior to practice.[4]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 71 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 9:55.8
2 74 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 9:57.5 + 1.7
3 75 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 9:59.0 + 3.2
4 76 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 10:01.1 + 5.3
5 72 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 10:06.6 + 10.8
6 73 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 10:12.9 + 17.1
7 78 West Germany Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 10:15.7 + 19.9
8 91 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 10:23.8 + 28.0
9 82 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 10:28.9 + 33.1
10 77 Italy Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 10:46.1 + 50.3
11 87 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 10:52.8 + 57.0
12 83 France André Simon Simca-Gordini 10:57.5 + 1:01.7
13 85 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:00.2 + 1:04.4
14 81 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 11:07.5 + 1:11.7
15 84 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:08.2 + 1:12.4
16 79 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 11:25.6 + 1:29.8
17 92 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 11:26.7 + 1:30.9
18 94 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:33.9 + 1:38.1
19 90 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:41.9 + 1:46.1
20 88 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:49.3 + 1:53.5
21 86 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11:52.9 + 1:57.1
22 93 Belgium Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 12:09.1 + 2:13.3
23 89 United Kingdom David Murray Maserati No time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 71 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 20 3:23:03.3 1 8
2 75 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 20 +30.5 3 7
3 74 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 20 +4:39.0 2 4
4 72 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 20 +5:50.2 5 3
5 73 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 20 +7:49.1 6 2
6 91 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 19 +1 lap 8
7 82 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 19 +1 lap 9
8 84 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 19 +1 lap 15
9 90 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 18 +2 laps 19
10 93 Belgium Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 18 +2 laps 22
11 94 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 17 +3 laps 18
Ret 87 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 17 Accident 11
Ret 81 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 13 Engine 14
Ret 77 Italy Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 12 Magneto 10
Ret 88 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago-Talbot 12 Oil pressure 20
Ret 78 West Germany Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 11 Accident 7
Ret 83 France André Simon Simca-Gordini 11 Engine 12
Ret 76 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 8 Overheating 4
Ret 86 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4 Gearbox 21
Ret 85 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3 Ignition 13
Ret 92 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 3 Engine 17
Ret 79 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2 Engine 16

Notes[edit]

  • First win: Alberto Ascari

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 27 (28)
1uparrow green.svg 4 2 Italy Alberto Ascari 17
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 Argentina José Froilán González 15
1downarrow red.svg 2 4 Italy Nino Farina 15
1downarrow red.svg 2 5 Italy Luigi Villoresi 15
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German GP, 1951 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "1951 German Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "1951 German GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Germany 1951 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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


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