1953 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 9 in the 1953 World Drivers' Championship
Reims-Gueux layout
Reims-Gueux layout
Date 5 July 1953
Official name XL Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location Reims Circuit, Reims, France
Course Temporary road course
8.347 km (5.187 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 500.820 km (311.195 mi)
Weather Hot, dry
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 2:41.2
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 2:41.0 on lap 25
Podium
First United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Second Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Third Argentina José Froilán González Maserati

The 1953 French Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 5 July 1953 at Reims. It was the fifth round of the 1953 World Drivers' Championship, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used.

Not only had the Reims circuit's layout changed, the name was different – both in regard to the same thing. The new, faster and slightly longer circuit bypassed the town of Gueux and as a result, the circuit was now called "Reims".

It is popularly known as the race of the century because of the sixty lap battle between Briton Mike Hawthorn and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio.[1][2] Hawthorn won the duel after they reportedly swapped the lead at virtually every corner on the Reims circuit. In addition, after 500 km of racing, the four lead cars were less than 5 seconds apart.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 60 2:44:18.6 7 8
2 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 60 + 1.0 4 7
3 20 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 60 + 1.4 5 4
4 10 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 60 + 4.6 1 3
5 14 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 60 + 1:07.6 6 2
6 12 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 60 + 1:15.9 3  
7 46 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 58 + 2 Laps 9  
8 44 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 56 + 4 Laps 10  
9 22 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 55 + 5 Laps 8  
10 2 France Jean Behra Gordini 55 + 5 Laps 22  
11 38 United Kingdom Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 55 + 5 Laps 12  
12 48 Belgium Johnny Claes Connaught-Lea-Francis 53 + 7 Laps 21  
13 28 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta 52 + 8 Laps 17  
14 30 France Yves Giraud Cabantous HWM-Alta 50 + 10 Laps 18  
15 32 Monaco Louis Chiron Osca 43 + 17 Laps 25  
Ret 24 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 42 Engine 2  
Ret 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Alta 38 Clutch 13  
Ret 42 Thailand Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 29 Differential 11  
Ret 34 France Élie Bayol Osca 18 Engine 15  
Ret 40 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 17 Wheel bearing 14  
Ret 4 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 14 Transmission 23  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 9 Clutch 16  
Ret 6 United States Harry Schell Gordini 4 engine 20  
Ret 8 Argentina Roberto Mieres Gordini 4 Axle 24  
Ret 50 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 2 Ignition 19  

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 28
1uparrow green.svg 5 2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 14
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Italy Luigi Villoresi 13
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 4 Argentina José Froilán González 11
1downarrow red.svg 2 5 United States Bill Vukovich 9
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "French GP 1953". sportscars.tv. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Mathieu, Christian. ""The Grand Prix of the century" : Reims 1953". flyandrive.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 

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