1953 Swiss Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 9 in the 1953 World Drivers' Championship
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Date 23 August 1953
Official name XIII Großer Preis der Schweiz
Location Bremgarten, Bern, Switzerland
Course Motorcycle track
7.280 km (4.524 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 473.200 km (294.033 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 2:40:1
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 2:41.3 on lap 50
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Italy Nino Farina Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari

The 1953 Swiss Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 23 August 1953 at Bremgarten Circuit. It was the eighth 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. With his victory at this race, Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari won his second Driver's championship in a row; as teammates Nino Farina and Mike Hawthorn, and Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio (who failed to score) now could not beat Ascari's total points score.

It marked the brief return of Grand Prix-era legend Hermann Lang. He was given a chance to participate in Formula 1 racing driving for Officine Alfieri Maserati after one of their team drivers was injured. He raced in two World Drivers' Championship events overall—one in 1953 and one in 1954—and his result here, a fifth place finish, was his best result.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 65 3:01:34.40 2 9
2 24 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 65 + 1:12.93 3 6
3 26 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 65 + 1:35.96 7 4
4 32 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Felice Bonetto
Maserati 64 + 1 Lap 1 1.5
1.5
5 34 Germany Hermann Lang Maserati 62 + 3 Laps 11 2
6 28 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 62 + 3 Laps 6  
7 20 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 62 + 3 Laps 9  
8 40 Switzerland Max de Terra Ferrari 51 + 14 Laps 19  
9 18 Switzerland Albert Scherrer HWM-Alta 49 + 16 Laps 18  
Ret 4 Brazil Chico Landi Maserati 54 Gearbox 20  
Ret 42 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 49 Transmission 8  
Ret 36 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 46 Engine 5  
Ret 8 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 43 Axle 4  
Ret 6 France Jean Behra Gordini 37 Oil Pressure 12  
Ret 30 Italy Felice Bonetto
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Maserati 29 Engine 10  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 29 Engine 15  
Ret 38 Switzerland Peter Hirt Ferrari 17 Engine 17  
Ret 14 Belgium Paul Frère HWM-Alta 1 Engine 16  
Ret 2 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ferrari 0 Spun Off 13  
Ret 10 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 0 Spun off 14  

Notes[edit]

  • Shared Drives: (Fangio and Bonetto switched cars)
    • Car #32: Fangio (12 laps) then Bonetto (52 laps). They shared the points for 4th place.
    • Car #30: Bonetto (12 laps) then Fangio (17 laps)
  • Last win, podium, point finish and race finish – Alberto Ascari

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 34.5 (46.5)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Nino Farina 24 (26)
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 20.5
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 19 (24)
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Argentina José Froilán González 13.5 (14.5)
  • 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.


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