1954 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 9 in the 1954 Formula One season
Silverstone Circuit in 1952–1973 configuration
Silverstone Circuit in 1952–1973 configuration
Date 17 July 1954
Official name VII RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, England
Course Permanent racing facility
4.7105 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 423.949 km (263.43 mi)
Weather Cold, wet
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes
Time 1:45.0
Fastest lap
Drivers Italy Alberto Ascari
France Jean Behra
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Argentina José Froilán González
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Argentina Onofre Marimón
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Maserati
Gordini
Mercedes
Ferrari
Ferrari
Maserati
Maserati
Time 1:50
Podium
First Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Third Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati

The 1954 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 17 July 1954. It was the fifth round of the 1954 World Drivers' Championship.

Race report[edit]

A huge crowd turned out at Silverstone to see if Mercedes could repeat their Reims rout. In the end, just two silver cars arrived (for Fangio and Kling). In contrast, Maserati had nine cars, whilst Ferrari had three for the experienced trio of Hawthorn, Gonzalez and Trintignant. Fangio set Silverstone's fastest ever lap, breaking the 100 mph barrier with a lap of 100.35 mph. It was Gonzalez who led away and held the lead until the flag. Behind him, Fangio passed Hawthorn for second but after colliding several times with oil drums in a difficult handling car, he dropped to fourth. Moss took over the position but retired with rear axle problems, leaving Hawthorn to follow home for a Ferrari 1–2 and young Onofre Marimón to take his second (and last) podium place.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 90 2:56:14 2 8 17
2 11 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 90 + 1:10[1] 3 6 17
3 23 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 89 + 1 Lap 28 4 17
4 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 89 + 1 Lap 1 3 17
5 10 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 87 + 3 Laps 8 2
6 4 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 87 + 3 Laps 32  
7 2 Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 87 + 3 Laps 6  
8 8 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Maserati 86 + 4 Laps 9  
9 19 Belgium André Pilette Gordini 86 + 4 Laps 12  
10 29 United Kingdom Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 85 + 5 Laps 18  
11 25 United Kingdom Don Beauman Connaught-Lea-Francis 84 + 6 Laps 17  
12 3 United States Harry Schell Maserati 83 + 7 Laps 16  
13 23 United Kingdom Leslie Marr Connaught-Lea-Francis 82 + 8 Laps 22  
14 26 United Kingdom Leslie Thorne Connaught-Lea-Francis 78 + 12 Laps 23  
15 28 United Kingdom Horace Gould Cooper-Bristol 44 + 46 Laps 20  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 80 Axle 4 17
Ret 22 United Kingdom Bill Whitehouse Connaught-Lea-Francis 63 Fuel System 19  
Ret 17 France Jean Behra Gordini 54 Suspension 5 17
Ret 5 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Maserati 53 Transmission 7  
Ret 6 Thailand Prince Bira
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart
Maserati 44 Accident 10  
Ret 32 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Alberto Ascari
Maserati 40 Engine 27  
Ret 24 United Kingdom John Riseley-Prichard Connaught-Lea-Francis 40 Accident 21  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Ferrari 25 Engine 14  
Ret 31 Italy Alberto Ascari Maserati 21 Engine 30 17
Ret 18 Argentina Clemar Bucci Gordini 18 Accident 13  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Peter Collins Vanwall 16 Engine 11  
Ret 14 France Robert Manzon Ferrari 16 Engine 15  
Ret 21 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 4 Oil Leak 24  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol 2 Engine 25  
Ret 15 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 2 Engine 31  
DNS 27 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol   Non Starter 26  
DNS 30 United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey Cooper-Bristol   Non Starter 29  

Notes[edit]

  • Ascari, Behra, Fangio, González, Hawthorn, Marimón & Moss all set the equal fastest lap time of 1:50. Each received 17 of a point.
  • Shared Drives:
    • Car #6: Bira (42 laps) then Flockhart (2 laps)
    • Car #32: Villoresi (30 laps) then Ascari (10 laps)
  • F1 Debuts: Don Beauman, Clemar Bucci, Ron Flockhart, Horace Gould, Leslie Marr, John Riseley-Prichard, Leslie Thorne, Bill Whitehouse, Vanwall.
  • Final F1 Race for: Alan Brown, Reg Parnell & Peter Whitehead.

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 28 17
1uparrow green.svg 2 2 Argentina José Froilán González 14 914
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 France Maurice Trintignant 11
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 United States Bill Vukovich 8
1uparrow green.svg 11 5 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 7 914
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 75. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 


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