1952 Dutch Grand Prix

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Netherlands  1952 Dutch Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 8 in the 1952 World Drivers' Championship
Circuit Park Zandvoort-1948.svg
Date 17 August 1952 (1952-08-17)
Official name III Grote Prijs van Nederland
Location Circuit Zandvoort
Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course Permanent racing facility
4.193 km (2.605 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 377.370 km (234.487 mi)
Weather Rainy
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 1:46.5
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 1:49.8 on lap 89
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Italy Giuseppe Farina Ferrari
Third Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari

The 1952 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 17 August 1952 at the Circuit Zandvoort. It was the seventh round of the 1952 World Drivers' Championship, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used.

Race report[edit]

Luigi Villoresi, absent from the World Championship since the final round of the 1951 season, returned to the Ferrari lineup for the Dutch Grand Prix, replacing Piero Taruffi, alongside regulars Nino Farina and Alberto Ascari, the latter of which had clinched the Drivers' Championship title two weeks previously. Charles de Tornaco also drove a Ferrari at Zandvoort, on behalf of the Ecurie Francorchamps team. Gordini entered the same three drivers from the previous event, the French trio of Behra, Manzon and Trintignant, while Belgian driver Paul Frère drove an Ecurie Belge-entered Simca-Gordini. The HWM team partnered Britons Lance Macklin and Duncan Hamilton with the local driver Dries van der Lof. The only other Dutch driver on the grid was Jan Flinterman, who took part in a Maserati for Escuderia Bandeirantes alongside Chico Landi and Gino Bianco. The works Maserati team were once again absent from the grid, following an unsuccessful appearance in Germany. The field was completed by the Connaught of Ken Downing, Mike Hawthorn's Cooper-Bristol, Ken Wharton's Frazer-Nash and Stirling Moss in an ERA.

The Ferraris once again dominated qualifying, with Ascari taking his fourth pole position of the season, ahead of Farina in second. Mike Hawthorn shone in practice, gaining a front-row start for his little Cooper-Bristol, relegating Villoresi's Ferrari to the second row of the grid. Trintignant's Gordini completed row two, while his teammates Behra and Manzon were joined on the third row by Wharton in the sole Frazer-Nash.

Hawthorn fought valiantly with the Ferraris for five laps before they resumed their usual formation. Ascari led Farina and Villoresi home in another Ferrari procession, with Hawthorn gaining fourth place, two laps behind the Ferrari trio. This was Ascari's fifth consecutive victory (along with a fifth consecutive fastest lap), and his seventh victory in total, breaking Fangio's record for the most World Championship race wins. The Gordinis of Manzon and Trintignant finished a further lap behind Hawthorn, taking fifth and sixth place, respectively. Stirling Moss got up as high as seventh in the ERA before having to retire.[1]

Farina's podium finish took him to second place in the Drivers' Championship standings, overtaking the absentee Taruffi. Swiss driver Rudi Fischer, also not present at the Dutch Grand Prix, remained in fourth, while Mike Hawthorn's result took him to fifth in the standings, level on points with Fischer.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
4 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
6 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
8 France Jean Behra Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
10 France Robert Manzon Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
12 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
14 Belgium Paul Frère1 Ecurie Belge Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E
16 Brazil Chico Landi2 Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
18 Brazil Gino Bianco3 Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
20 Netherlands Jan Flinterman Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
22 United Kingdom Ken Downing Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
24 Belgium Charles de Tornaco4 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 E
26 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
28 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
30 Netherlands Dries van der Lof HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
32 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Leslie D. Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
34 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Scuderia Franera Frazer Nash-Bristol Frazer Nash 421 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss English Racing Automobiles Ltd. ERA ERA G ERA 1.5 L6 D
Sources: [2][3]
^1 — Paul Frère qualified and raced in the #14 Simca-Gordini. Johnny Claes, who was also entered in the same car, did not participate in the Grand Prix after being fired.[4]
^2 — Chico Landi qualified and drove 43 laps of the race in the #16 Maserati. Jan Flinterman, whose own vehicle had already retired, took over the car for a further 40 laps of the race.[5]
^3 — Gino Bianco qualified and raced in the #14 Simca-Gordini. Eitel Cantoni, who was also entered in the same car, did not participate in the Grand Prix after being fired.[4]
^4 — Charles de Tornaco qualified and raced in the #24 Ferrari. Louis Rosier had initially entered the Grand Prix in a separate car bearing the same number, but later cancelled his entry.[4]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:46.5
2 4 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 1:48.6 + 2.1
3 32 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 1:51.6 + 5.1
4 6 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:51.8 + 5.3
5 12 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1:53.0 + 6.5
6 8 France Jean Behra Gordini 1:54.5 + 8.0
7 34 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Frazer-Nash-Bristol 1:54.7 + 8.2
8 10 France Robert Manzon Gordini 1:54.8 + 8.3
9 26 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 1:55.2 + 8.7
10 28 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 1:55.8 + 9.3
11 14 Belgium Paul Frère Simca-Gordini-Gordini 1:58.2 + 11.7
12 18 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 1:58.4 + 11.9
13 22 United Kingdom Ken Downing Connaught-Lea-Francis 1:58.6 + 12.1
14 30 Netherlands Dries van der Lof HWM-Alta 1:59.4 + 12.9
15 20 Netherlands Jan Flinterman Maserati 2:01.8 + 15.3
16 16 Brazil Chico Landi Maserati 2:02.1 + 15.6
17 24 Belgium Charles de Tornaco Ferrari 2:03.7 + 17.2
18 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss ERA 2:04.5 + 18.0

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 90 2:53:28.5 1 9
2 4 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 90 + 40.1 2 6
3 6 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 90 + 1:34.4 4 4
4 32 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 88 + 2 laps 3 3
5 10 France Robert Manzon Gordini 87 + 3 laps 8 2
6 12 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 87 + 3 laps 5
7 28 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 85 + 5 laps 10
8 26 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 84 + 6 laps 9
9 16 Brazil Chico Landi
Netherlands Jan Flinterman
Maserati 83 + 7 laps 16
Ret 34 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Frazer-Nash-Bristol 76 Wheel bearing 7
Ret 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss ERA 73 Engine 18
NC 30 Netherlands Dries van der Lof HWM-Alta 70 Not Classified 14
Ret 22 United Kingdom Ken Downing Connaught-Lea-Francis 27 Oil pressure 13
Ret 24 Belgium Charles de Tornaco Ferrari 19 Engine 17
Ret 14 Belgium Paul Frère Simca-Gordini-Gordini 15 Clutch 11
Ret 8 France Jean Behra Gordini 10 Electrical 6
Ret 20 Netherlands Jan Flinterman Maserati 7 Differential 15
Ret 18 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 4 Axle 12

Notes[edit]

  • Shared Drive – Car #16: Landi (43 laps) then Flinterman (40 laps)
  • Alberto Ascari overtook Fangio's record for the most race wins, scoring his seventh at this race.

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 36 (45)
1uparrow green.svg 1 2 Italy Nino Farina 24
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Italy Piero Taruffi 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 Switzerland Rudi Fischer 10
1uparrow green.svg 2 5 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 10
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. 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. ^ "Dutch GP, 1952 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "1952 Dutch Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "1952 Dutch GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Netherlands 1952 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dutch Grand Prix 1952 - Results". ESPN F1. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 


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