1952 Formula One season
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|1952 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
|Drivers' Champion: Alberto Ascari|
The 1952 Formula One season was the third season of FIA Formula One motor racing. In comparison to previous seasons, the 1952 season consisted of a relatively small number of Formula One races, following the FIA's decision to run all the Grand Prix events counting towards the World Championship of Drivers to Formula Two regulations rather than Formula One.
In addition to the Formula One races and the World Championship Formula Two races, numerous other Formula Two races, which did not count towards the Championship, were also held during the year.
World Championship season summary
Alfa Romeo, unable to fund a new car, withdrew from racing, while BRM had been preparing two V16-powered cars for the season but withdrew them before an April race at Valentino Park, Turin, whilst attempting to enlist Juan Manuel Fangio as teammate to Stirling Moss, leaving Ferrari as the only serious Formula One contender. This led World Championship organizers to run their races for Formula Two, utilising 2-litre unsupercharged engines, which meant larger fields and a greater variety of cars, even if the victories all went to Ferrari. Ascari won the six Grands Prix he entered, missing the Swiss race because he was at Indianapolis qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 – the first European to do so in the World Championship era. Maserati and Gordini offered little challenge, but Mike Hawthorn's drives in his Cooper would earn him a works Ferrari drive in 1953. Reigning champion Fangio, badly injured in an early season crash at Monza, took no part in the championship, but was to go on to drive for BRM.
World Championship season review
The 1952 World Championship of Drivers was contested over an eight race series.
|Rnd||Race||Circuit||Date||Pole position||Fastest lap||Winning driver||Constructor||Tyre||Report|
|1||Swiss Grand Prix||Bremgarten||18 May||Giuseppe Farina||Piero Taruffi||Piero Taruffi||Ferrari||P||Report|
|2||Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis||30 May||Fred Agabashian||Bill Vukovich||Troy Ruttman||Kuzma-Offenhauser||Report|
|3||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||22 June||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||P||Report|
|4||French Grand Prix||Rouen-Les-Essarts||6 July||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||P||Report|
|5||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||19 July||Giuseppe Farina||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||P||Report|
|6||German Grand Prix||Nürburgring||3 August||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||P||Report|
|7||Dutch Grand Prix||Zandvoort||17 August||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||P||Report|
|8||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||7 September||Alberto Ascari|| Alberto Ascari
José Froilán González
All 1952 World Championship Grand Prix events were restricted to Formula Two cars and the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was contested by AAA National Championship cars. There was originally supposed to be a Spanish Grand Prix at the Pedralbes Circuit in Barcelona on October 26, but there was no money for the race to be held, so the race was cancelled.
Teams and drivers
* Car entered only in the Indianapolis 500 race
1952 Drivers' Championship final standings
Points were awarded to top five finishers in each race on an 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 basis. One point was awarded for fastest lap. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps. Only the best four of eight scores counted towards the World Championship.
- Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – point shared equally between drivers sharing fastest lap)
- Bold indicates pole position
- † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
- Only the best four results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
Non-Championship race results
Other Formula One/Formula Two races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers, were also held in 1952.
East German Championship
|Race Name||Circuit||Date||Winning driver||Constructor||Report|
|I Rostock Osthafenkurs||Rostock||20 April||Paul Greifzu||BMW-Eigenbau||Report|
|I Bernau Autobahnschleife||Bernau||4 May||Rudolf Krause||BMW-Reif||Report|
|I Dessau Autobahnspinne||Dessau||11 May||Fritz Riess||Veritas-Meteor||Report|
|III Leipzig Stadtparkrennen||Leipzig||2 June||Edgar Barth||IFA-Kollektiv||Report|
|III Strassen-Rennen Halle-Saale-Schleife||Halle-Saale-Schleife||8 June||Edgar Barth||IFA-Kollektiv||Report|
|I Strassen-rennen Leipzig||Leipzig||17 August||Hans Stuck||AFM-BMW||Report|
|V DMV Grenzlandringrennen||Grenzlandring||31 August||Toni Ulmen||Veritas||Report|
|IV Sachsenringrennen||Sachsenring||7 September||Edgar Barth||EMW-BMW||Report|
- Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 12