1951 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  1951 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 8 in the 1951 Formula One season
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Date 16 September 1951
Official name XXII GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
6.300 km (3.915 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 504.000 km (313.171 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 1:53.2
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 1:56.5
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari
Third Italy Felice Bonetto
Italy Giuseppe Farina
Alfa Romeo

The 1951 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 16 September 1951 at Monza. It was the seventh round of the 1951 World Drivers' Championship.

Report[edit]

Toulo de Graffenried returned to Alfa Romeo's four-car line up, in place of Paul Pietsch, having raced for Enrico Platé in France and Germany. He raced alongside the regular Alfa drivers, Fangio, Farina and Bonetto. The works Ferrari team retained the same four drivers from the race at the Nürburgring — Ascari, Villoresi, González and Taruffi — while Brazilian Chico Landi made his World Championship debut in a privately run Ferrari. The field was completed by works teams from BRM, Simca-Gordini and OSCA, as well as the usual Talbot-Lago entries.

The front row positions on the grid were shared equally between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, with Fangio, Farina, Ascari and González posting the four fastest qualifying times. The second row consisted of the remaining works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi, alongside Felice Bonetto. Reg Parnell, in a BRM, was also supposed to be on the second row, but was unable to start due to lubrication problems.

Fangio was the initial race leader, having started from pole position, but he soon had to cede the position to Ascari. He retook the lead on lap eight before pitting for a tyre change, which dropped him to fifth. Early retirements for Farina and de Graffenried left José Froilán González in second, behind his teammate Ascari. Fangio attempted to bridge the gap to the Ferraris, but engine problems put paid to his chances. The sole remaining Alfa driver, Nino Farina, who had taken over Bonetto's car on lap 30, inherited third place as a result of Fangio's retirement. He was fast, but fuel leakages meant that he needed to make two further pitstops; he therefore had to settle for third. Alberto Ascari took his second, and Ferrari's third, consecutive Championship race victory, ahead of British Grand Prix winner González. The other works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi completed the points positions in what was another successful race for the Scuderia.[1]

Ascari's victory took him to within two points of Championship leader Fangio, while González was a further four points behind in third. Only Fangio and Ascari remained in contention for the Drivers' Championship with one race remaining, as not even a win would suffice for González to overhaul his fellow Argentinian's points haul.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
4 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
6 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
8 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
10 Italy Gianni Marzotto1 Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
12 Brazil Chico Landi Francisco Landi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
14 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
16 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
18 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
28 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
30 United Kingdom Reg Parnell BRM Ltd. BRM BRM P15 BRM 15 1.5 V16s D
32 United Kingdom Ken Richardson2 BRM BRM P15 BRM 15 1.5 V16s D
34 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
36 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried3 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
38 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
40 Italy Felice Bonetto4 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8s P
44 Italy Franco Rol OSCA Automobili OSCA OSCA 4500G OSCA 4.5 V12 P
46 France Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
48 France André Simon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
50 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
Sources:[2][3]
^1 — Gianni Marzotto withdrew from the event prior to practice[4]
^2 — Ken Richardson qualified the #32 BRM, although he did not start the race. Hans Stuck was also entered in the same car, but he took no part in either qualifying or the race.[4]
^3 — Toulo de Graffenried qualified and drove the race in the #36 Alfa Romeo. Consalvo Sanesi was also entered in the car, but injury prevented his participation in the Grand Prix.[4]
^4 — Felice Bonetto qualified and drove 29 laps of the race in the #40 Alfa Romeo. Nino Farina, whose own vehicle had already retired, took over the car for a further 50 laps.[5]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 38 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:53.2
2 34 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 1:53.9 + 0.7
3 2 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:55.1 + 1.9
4 6 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 1:55.9 + 2.7
5 4 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:57.9 + 4.7
6 8 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 1:58.2 + 5.0
7 40 Italy Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 1:58.3 + 5.1
8 30 United Kingdom Reg Parnell BRM 2:02.2 + 9.0
9 36 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 2:05.2 + 12.0
10 32 United Kingdom Ken Richardson BRM 2:05.6 + 12.4
11 48 France André Simon Simca-Gordini 2:08.0 + 14.8
12 50 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:08.9 + 15.7
13 46 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:09.0 + 15.8
14 24 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:09.3 + 16.1
15 18 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:10.8 + 17.6
16 12 Brazil Chico Landi Ferrari 2:11.2 + 18.0
17 20 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:12.1 + 18.9
18 44 Italy Franco Rol OSCA 2:13.4 + 20.2
19 16 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:16.2 + 23.0
20 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:16.5 + 23.3
21 26 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:18.6 + 25.4
22 28 Belgium Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:18.8 + 25.6
23 14 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari No time
24 32 West Germany Hans Stuck BRM No time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 80 2:42:39.3 3 8
2 6 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 80 +24.6[6] 4 6
3 40 Italy Felice Bonetto
Italy Nino Farina
Alfa Romeo 79 +1 lap 7 2
3
4 4 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 79 +1 lap 5 3
5 8 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 78 +2 laps 6 2
6 48 France André Simon Simca-Gordini 74 +6 laps 11
7 18 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 73 +7 laps 15
8 24 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 72 +8 laps 14
9 44 Italy Franco Rol OSCA 67 +13 laps 18
Ret 38 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 39 Engine 1
Ret 50 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 29 Engine 12
Ret 46 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 29 Engine 13
Ret 20 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 23 Ignition 17
Ret 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 9 Engine 20
Ret 28 Belgium Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 7 Overheating 22
Ret 34 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 6 Engine 2
Ret 26 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4 Oil pump 21
Ret 36 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 1 Compressor 9
Ret 16 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 1 Magneto 19
Ret 12 Brazil Chico Landi Ferrari 0 Transmission 16
DNS 30 United Kingdom Reg Parnell BRM 0 Non Starter 8
DNS 32 United Kingdom Ken Richardson BRM 0 Non Starter 10

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Juan Manuel Fangio – 1:53.2[7]
  • Fastest lap: Nino Farina – 1:56.5[6]
  • Farina (50 laps) took over from Bonetto (29) after Farina's car retired. Points for 3rd position were shared between the drivers (Farina received 1 extra point for setting the fastest race lap).

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 27 (28)
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 2 Italy Alberto Ascari 25
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 3 Argentina José Froilán González 21
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 4 Italy Nino Farina 17 (18)
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 5 Italy Luigi Villoresi 15 (18)
  • 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. ^ "Italian GP, 1951 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "1951 Italian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "1951 Italian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Italy 1951 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Italian Grand Prix 1951 - Results". ESPN F1. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 
  7. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 34. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 

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


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