1952 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1952 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 8 in the 1952 World Drivers' Championship
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date 3 August 1952 (1952-08-03)
Official name XV Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 18 laps, 410.580 km (255.123 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 9:56.0
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 10:05.1 on lap 5
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Italy Giuseppe Farina Ferrari
Third Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari

The 1952 German Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 3 August 1952 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It was the sixth 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.

Report[edit]

The Maserati factory team finally made an appearance with their new car, the A6GCM, which was driven by Felice Bonetto. Also racing A6GCMs were the Escuderia Bandeirantes drivers Bianco and Cantoni. Ferrari once again entered the successful trio of Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina and Piero Taruffi, while there were privateer Ferrari entries for Rudi Fischer and Rudolf Schoeller of Ecurie Espadon, Roger Laurent of Ecurie Francorchamps, and Piero Carini of Scuderia Marzotto. Jean Behra returned to action for the Gordini team, having recovered from his shoulder injury. He replaced Prince Bira, and was partnered by teammates Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignant. HWM entered three cars, with regular Peter Collins joined by the Belgian pairing of Paul Frère and Johnny Claes, while Australian Tony Gaze drove a privateer HWM. Bill Aston drove an Aston Butterworth, and the field was completed by a plethora of privateer German cars (Veritas, AFM and BMW).

Ferrari were once again fastest in qualifying, with Ascari and Farina being joined on the front row of the grid by the Gordinis of Trintignant and Manzon. The remaining works Ferrari driver, Taruffi, started from the second row, alongside the Ecurie Espadon-entered Ferrari of Fischer and Paul Pietsch in a Veritas. Bonetto's works Maserati made the third row, along with the Gordini of Jean Behra, and a pair of local entrants: Hans Klenk's Veritas, and Willi Heeks in an AFM.

The race turned out to be rather a processional event, with Ascari leading Farina all the way in the first 16 laps. Two laps from home, he had to dive into the pits for oil, emerging 10 seconds behind Farina-which he rattled off on the next lap, catching Farina just a mile from home to win by several seconds after an otherwise dull race. Piero Taruffi had been running in third behind his teammates, but he lost the position to Rudi Fischer towards the end of the race when he encountered problems due to his suspension breaking. Fischer's podium and Taruffi's fourth place-finish ensured that it was a Ferrari 1-2-3-4. Manzon, who had been running in fourth for much of the first half of the race, between Taruffi and Fischer, was forced to retire when a wheel fell off his car. This meant that his teammate Behra was left to take the final points in fifth position in his Gordini, ahead of Roger Laurent's Ferrari. Felice Bonetto, of the factory Maserati team, was disqualified for receiving a push start after his first lap spin.

Ascari, who had taken his fourth consecutive victory, along with a fourth consecutive fastest lap, had now scored the maximum of 36 points for the season, as only a driver's four best results counted. As a result, he clinched the world championship, making him the first driver to win the championship with two races left to go.[1] The date was 3 August, the earliest anyone would claim the Championship until Jim Clark seized the crown on 1 August in 1965, also at the Nürburgring. Ascari's teammates, Taruffi and Farina, remained in second and third, respectively, in the Drivers' Championship, while Swiss driver Fischer's second podium of the season raised him up to fourth in the standings.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
101 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
102 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
103 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
104 Italy Piero Carini Scuderia Marzotto Ferrari Ferrari 166F2-50 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12 P
105 Italy Felice Bonetto Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
107 France Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
108 France Jean Behra Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
109 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
110 France Marcel Balsa Marcel Balsa BMW BMW Balsa Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
111 United Kingdom Peter Collins HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
112 Belgium Paul Frère HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
113 Belgium Johnny Claes HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
114 United Kingdom Bill Aston W.S. Aston Aston-Butterworth Aston NB41 Butterworth F4 2.0 F4 D
115 Brazil Gino Bianco Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
116 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
117 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
118 Switzerland Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12 P
119 Belgium Roger Laurent Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
120 Australia Tony Gaze Tony Gaze HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
121 West Germany Fritz Riess Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
122 West Germany Theo Helfrich Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
123 West Germany Willi Heeks Willi Heeks AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M8) BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
124 West Germany Helmut Niedermayr Willi Heeks AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M6) BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
125 West Germany Toni Ulmen Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW Veritas Meteor BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
126 West Germany Adolf Brudes Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
127 West Germany Paul Pietsch Motor Presse Verlag Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6  ?
128 West Germany Hans Klenk Hans Klenk Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6  ?
129 West Germany Josef Peters Josef Peters Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
130 West Germany Günther Bechem Bernd Nacke BMW BMW Nacke Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
131 West Germany Ludwig Fischer Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW AFM 49 BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
133 West Germany Willi Krakau Willi Krakau AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M3) BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
134 West Germany Harry Merkel BMW BMW Krakau Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
135 East Germany Ernst Klodwig Ernst Klodwig BMW BMW Heck Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
136 East Germany Rudolf Krause Rudolf Krause BMW BMW Greifzu Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ?
Sources: [2][3]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 101 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 9:56.0
2 102 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 9:58.4 + 2.4
3 109 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 9:59.0 + 3.0
4 107 France Robert Manzon Gordini 10:01.0 + 5.0
5 103 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 10:02.5 + 6.5
6 117 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 10:04.0 + 8.0
7 127 West Germany Paul Pietsch Veritas 10:05.3 + 9.3
8 128 West Germany Hans Klenk Veritas 10:08.5 + 12.5
9 123 West Germany Willi Heeks AFM-BMW 10:09.9 + 13.9
10 105 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 10:12.0 + 16.0
11 108 France Jean Behra Gordini 10:13.8 + 17.8
12 121 West Germany Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW 10:14.3 + 18.3
13 112 Belgium Paul Frère HWM-Alta 10:16.0 + 20.0
14 120 Australia Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 10:16.7 + 20.7
15 125 West Germany Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW 10:17.9 + 21.9
16 115 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 10:19.0 + 23.0
17 119 Belgium Roger Laurent Ferrari 10:21.0 + 25.0
18 122 West Germany Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW 10:22.0 + 26.0
19 126 West Germany Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW 10:24.1 + 28.1
20 129 West Germany Josef Peters Veritas-BMW 10:24.5 + 28.5
21 114 United Kingdom Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 10:25.0 + 29.0
22 124 West Germany Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW 10:26.0 + 30.0
23 136 East Germany Rudolf Krause BMW 10:27.6 + 31.0
24 118 Switzerland Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari 10:29.1 + 33.1
25 110 France Marcel Balsa BMW 10:30.4 + 34.4
26 116 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati 10:31.2 + 35.2
27 104 Italy Piero Carini Ferrari 10:35.5 + 39.5
28 133 West Germany Willi Krakau AFM-BMW No time
29 135 East Germany Ernst Klodwig BMW 10:34.2 + 38.2
30 130 West Germany Günther Bechem BMW 10:35.3 + 39.3
31 131 West Germany Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW No time
32 113 Belgium Johnny Claes HWM-Alta 10:41.0 + 45.0
33 111 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta No time
34 134 West Germany Harry Merkel BMW No time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 101 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 18 3:06:13.3 1 9
2 102 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 18 +14.1 2 6
3 117 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 18 +7:10.1 6 4
4 103 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 17 +1 lap 5 3
5 108 France Jean Behra Gordini 17 +1 lap 11 2
6 119 Belgium Roger Laurent Ferrari 16 +2 laps 17
7 121 West Germany Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW 16 +2 laps 12
8 125 West Germany Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW 16 +2 laps 15
9 124 West Germany Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW 15 +3 laps 22
10 113 Belgium Johnny Claes HWM-Alta 15 +3 laps 32
11 128 West Germany Hans Klenk Veritas 14 +4 laps 8
12 135 East Germany Ernst Klodwig BMW 14 +4 laps 29
Ret 107 France Robert Manzon Gordini 8 Accident 4
Ret 123 West Germany Willi Heeks AFM-BMW 7 Engine 9
Ret 120 Australia Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 6 Gearbox 14
Ret 126 West Germany Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW 5 Engine 19
Ret 110 France Marcel Balsa BMW 5 Engine 25
Ret 130 West Germany Günther Bechem BMW 5 Ignition 30
Ret 116 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati 4 Axle 26
Ret 136 East Germany Rudolf Krause BMW 3 Engine 23
Ret 118 Switzerland Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari 3 Suspension 24
Ret 114 United Kingdom Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 2 Oil pressure 21
Ret 109 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1 Accident 3
Ret 127 West Germany Paul Pietsch Veritas 1 Gearbox 7
DSQ 105 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 1 Disqualified 10
Ret 112 Belgium Paul Frère HWM-Alta 1 Gearbox 13
Ret 122 West Germany Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW 1 Engine 18
Ret 129 West Germany Josef Peters Veritas-BMW 1 Engine 20
Ret 104 Italy Piero Carini Ferrari 1 Brakes 27
Ret 115 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 0 Engine 16
DNS 133 West Germany Willi Krakau AFM-BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 131 West Germany Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 134 West Germany Harry Merkel BMW 0 Non starter
DNS 111 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta 0 Engine

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 36
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Piero Taruffi 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Italy Nino Farina 18
1uparrow green.svg 3 4 Switzerland Rudi Fischer 10
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 United States Troy Ruttman 8
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German GP, 1952 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "1952 German Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "1952 German GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 


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