1952 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  1952 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 8 in the 1952 World Drivers' Championship
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Date 7 September 1952
Official name XXIII 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 Sunny
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 2:05.7
Fastest lap
Drivers Italy Alberto Ascari (lap 56)
Argentina José Froilán González (lap 57, 60)
Ferrari
Maserati
Time 2:06.1
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Argentina José Froilán González Maserati
Third Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari

The 1952 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 7 September 1952 at Monza. It was the eighth and final 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]

Due to the dominance of the Ferrari team throughout 1952, the World Drivers' Championship had already been clinched a month prior to the season-ending Italian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, Ferrari entered five drivers for their home race, with their Dutch Grand Prix trio—World Champion Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina and Luigi Villoresi—being joined by Piero Taruffi and André Simon, both of whom had competed for the Scuderia at various points of the season. There were also a number of privateer Ferraris, including the Ecurie Espadon pairing of Fischer and Stuck, as well as Charles de Tornaco of Ecurie Francorchamps, Louis Rosier and Peter Whitehead. The works Maserati team appeared for the first and only time in the 1952 World Championship, running three cars for Felice Bonetto, Franco Rol and José Froilán González. Also running A6GCMs were the Escuderia Bandeirantes trio of Bianco, Cantoni and Landi, while Enrico Platé's drivers—Toulo de Graffenried and debutant Alberto Crespo—ran the older 4CLT/48 equipped with the team's own revised engines. Gordini retained their previous driver lineup of Behra, Manzon and Trintignant, while Johnny Claes drove a privateer Simca-Gordini at Monza. HWM entered a pair of cars for Peter Collins and Lance Macklin, with Australian Tony Gaze running a privateer HWM. The Connaught team, absent since the British Grand Prix, returned to the Championship with a three-car entry consisting of Stirling Moss (who had driven for ERA at the previous event), Dennis Poore and Kenneth McAlpine.

For this event, only 24 cars were allowed to take the start, meaning that 11 of the 35 drivers who had entered the race failed to qualify. These included all of the HWMs, three of the privateer Ferraris, and both of the Enrico Platé-entered Maseratis. Ascari took his third consecutive pole position (and his fifth of the season), and the front row was completed by his teammates Villoresi and Farina, and the Gordini of Trintignant. The Maserati of González started from the second row, alongside the remaining works Ferraris of Taruffi and Simon, and the Gordini of Robert Manzon. Row three consisted of Stirling Moss in the leading Connaught, Frenchman Élie Bayol in the sole OSCA, Behra in the third and final works Gordini, and Mike Hawthorn in his privateer Cooper-Bristol. The remaining works Maseratis of Bonetto and Rol were only able to make the fourth row of the grid, starting from 13th and 16th, respectively.

José Froilán González emerged in first place at the start of the race, ahead of Ascari in second. The Argentine remained in the lead for the first 36 laps of the race, until a slow pit stop allowed the Ferraris of Ascari and Villoresi to pass him for first and second, respectively. Ascari held the lead for the remainder of the race, and, in so doing, took his sixth consecutive World Championship race victory. González caught up with Villoresi and passed him to take second place in his only Championship race of the season. Villoresi completed the podium by taking his second consecutive third place finish. Farina was not far behind in fourth place, while the second Maserati of Felice Bonetto took the final points position in fifth, finishing a lap down on the leaders. The remaining works Ferraris of Simon and Taruffi finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively.[1]

As Taruffi finished outside the points, he was unable to overtake Nino Farina in the Drivers' Championship standings. The Ferrari team monopolised the top three positions, with World Champion Alberto Ascari ahead of teammates Farina and Taruffi.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 France Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
4 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
6 France Jean Behra Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
8 France André Simon Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
10 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
12 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
14 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
16 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
18 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
20 West Germany Hans Stuck Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12 P
22 Italy Felice Bonetto Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
24 Italy Franco Rol Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
26 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
28 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught Engineering Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
30 United Kingdom Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
32 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
34 France Élie Bayol Élie Bayol OSCA OSCA 20 OSCA Tipo 2000 2.0 L6 P
36 United Kingdom Eric Brandon Ecurie Richmond Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
38 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
40 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Scuderia Franera Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
42 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Leslie D. Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
44 Italy Piero Dusio1 Piero Dusio Cisitalia-BPM Cisitalia D46 BPM 2.0 L4 P
46 Brazil Gino Bianco Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
48 Brazil Chico Landi2 Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
50 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
52 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
54 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
56 Australia Tony Gaze Tony Gaze HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
58 Argentina Alberto Crespo Enrico Platé Maserati-Platé Maserati 4CLT-50 Platé 2.0 L4 P
60 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati-Platé Maserati 4CLT-50 Platé 2.0 L4 P
62 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
64 United Kingdom Bill Aston W.S. Aston Aston-Butterworth Aston NB41 Butterworth F4 2.0 F4 D
66 Belgium Johnny Claes Vicomtesse de Walckiers Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E
68 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12 D
70 Belgium Charles de Tornaco Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 E
Sources: [2][3]
^1 — Carlo Dusio, named substitute driver for the #44 Cisitalia-BPM, took no part in the Grand Prix.[4]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 12 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:05.7
2 16 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:06.6 +0.9
3 10 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 2:07.0 +1.3
4 4 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 2:07.2 +1.5
5 26 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 2:07.6 +1.9
6 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 2:07.8 +2.1
7 2 France Robert Manzon Gordini 2:08.2 +2.5
8 8 France André Simon Ferrari 2:09.1 +3.4
9 32 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Connaught-Lea Francis 2:09.8 +4.1
10 34 France Élie Bayol OSCA 2:10.6 +4.9
11 6 France Jean Behra Gordini 2:10.8 +5.1
12 42 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 2:11.2 +5.5
13 22 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 2:11.6 +5.9
14 18 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 2:11.8 +6.1
15 40 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 2:12.2 +6.5
16 24 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 2:12.7 +7.0
17 62 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:12.7 +7.0
18 48 Brazil Chico Landi Maserati 2:13.0 +7.3
19 30 United Kingdom Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis 2:14.0 +8.3
20 36 United Kingdom Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol 2:14.0 +8.3
21 38 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 2:15.0 +9.3
22 28 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea Francis 2:15.1 +9.4
23 50 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati 2:15.9 +10.2
24 46 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 2:17.1 +11.4
Did not qualify
25 70 Belgium Charles de Tornaco Ferrari 2:17.5 +11.8
26 58 Argentina Alberto Crespo Maserati-Platé 2:17.8 +12.1
27 60 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati-Platé 2:18.4 +12.7
28 54 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta 2:18.6 +12.9
29 68 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:18.8 +13.1
30 56 Australia Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 2:20.3 +14.6
31 64 United Kingdom Bill Aston Aston-Butterworth 2:20.7 +15.0
32 52 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 2:21.0 +15.3
33 20 West Germany Hans Stuck Ferrari 2:22.8 +17.1
34 44 Italy Piero Dusio Cisitalia-BPM No time
35 66 Belgium Johnny Claes Simca-Gordini-Gordini No time
Sources:[5][6]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 80 2:50:45.6 1 8.5
2 26 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 80 +1:01.8 5 6.5
3 16 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 80 +2:04.2 2 4
4 10 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 80 +2:11.4 3 3
5 22 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 79 +1 lap 13 2
6 8 France André Simon Ferrari 79 +1 lap 8
7 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 77 +3 laps 6
8 48 Brazil Chico Landi Maserati 76 +4 laps 18
9 40 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 76 +4 laps 15
10 62 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 75 +5 laps 17
11 50 Uruguay Eitel Cantoni Maserati 75 +5 laps 23
12 30 United Kingdom Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis 74 +6 laps 19
13 36 United Kingdom Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol 73 +7 laps 20
14 2 France Robert Manzon Gordini 71 +9 laps 7
15 38 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 68 +12 laps 21
Ret 32 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Connaught-Lea Francis 60 Suspension 9
Ret 46 Brazil Gino Bianco Maserati 46 Engine 24
Ret 6 France Jean Behra Gordini 42 Engine 11
Ret 42 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 38 Not classified 12
Ret 24 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 24 Engine 16
Ret 4 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 5 Engine 4
Ret 28 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea Francis 4 Suspension 22
Ret 18 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ferrari 3 Engine 16
Ret 34 France Élie Bayol OSCA 0 Gearbox 10
DNQ 70 Belgium Charles de Tornaco Ferrari Did not qualify
DNQ 58 Argentina Alberto Crespo Maserati-Platé Did not qualify
DNQ 60 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati-Platé Did not qualify
DNQ 54 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta Did not qualify
DNQ 68 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari Did not qualify
DNQ 56 Australia Tony Gaze HWM-Alta Did not qualify
DNQ 64 United Kingdom Bill Aston Aston-Butterworth Did not qualify
DNQ 52 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta Did not qualify
DNQ 20 West Germany Hans Stuck Ferrari Did not qualify
DNQ 44 Italy Piero Dusio Cisitalia-BPM Did not qualify
DNQ 66 Belgium Johnny Claes Simca-Gordini-Gordini Did not qualify
Source:[7]

Notes[edit]

  • Ascari and González set equal fastest lap times, and shared the one world championship point.

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 36 (53.5)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Nino Farina 24 (27)
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Italy Piero Taruffi 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 Switzerland Rudi Fischer 10
1rightarrow blue.svg 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. ^ "Italian GP, 1952 Race Report". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "1952 Italian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "1952 Italian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Italy 1952 - Race entrants". statsf1.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "1952 Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying and Race Results". F1Pulse.com. F1 Pulse. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Italy 1952 - Qualifications". StatsF1.com. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Formula 1 - The Official F1 Website". Formula1.com. Formula 1. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 


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