1954 Spanish Grand Prix

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Spain  1954 Spanish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 9 in the 1954 Formula One season
Circuit Pedralbes layout
Circuit Pedralbes layout
Date 24 October 1954
Official name XII Gran Premio de España
Location Pedralbes Circuit, Barcelona, Spain
Course Temporary street circuit
6.316 km (3.925 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 505.280 km (313.966 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Lancia
Time 2:18.1
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari Lancia
Time 2:20.4 on lap 3
Podium
First United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Second Italy Luigi Musso Maserati
Third Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes

The 1954 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 24 October 1954 at Pedralbes. It was the ninth and final round of the 1954 World Drivers' Championship.

Race report[edit]

The long-awaited Lancia D50s arrived-using their 90 degree V8 engine as a stiffening aid for the chassis; they were simple but brilliantly designed. Ascari immediately set the fastest practice lap and led from pole.

Villoresi in the fellow Lancia retired with brake trouble after just 1 lap and Ascari succumbed to clutch problems after 9 laps.

Various other drivers took the lead and then retired-Schell spun off, Trintignant had mechanical problems and Moss overheated (one of several retirements caused by flying newspaper jamming the radiator ducts). The race boiled down to a duel between Hawthorn and Fangio but the Argentine was losing oil and lost second place to Musso. Hawthorn hung on to take the win with Fangio driving well to claim the final podium position.

This proved to be the last major race held at the Pedralbes street circuit. The Le Mans disaster in 1955 meant tighter safety regulations, and the spectator-lined street circuit in the Pedralbes neighborhood of Barcelona was abandoned and has not been used since.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 38 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 80 3:13:52.1 3 8
2 14 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 80 +1:13.2 7 6
3 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 79 +1 Lap 2 4
4 10 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 79 +1 Lap 11 3
5 4 Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 79 +4 Laps 12 2
6 16 Spain Paco Godia Maserati 76 +4 Laps 13
7 26 France Louis Rosier Maserati 74 +6 Laps 20
8 28 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Maserati 74 +6 Laps 14
9 18 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 68 +12 Laps 15
Ret 12 Italy Sergio Mantovani Maserati 58 Brakes 10
Ret 22 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried
Switzerland Ottorino Volonterio
Maserati 57 Engine 21
Ret 6 Germany Hans Herrmann Mercedes 50 Injection 9
Ret 40 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 47 Gearbox 8
Ret 48 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 37 Engine 16
Ret 24 United States Harry Schell Maserati 29 Transmission 4
Ret 8 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 20 Oil Pump 6
Ret 46 France Jean Behra Gordini 17 Brakes 18
Ret 30 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ferrari 16 Engine 19
Ret 34 Italy Alberto Ascari Lancia 10 Clutch 1 1
Ret 36 Italy Luigi Villoresi Lancia 2 Brakes 5
Ret 20 France Robert Manzon Ferrari 2 Engine 17
DNS 42 United Kingdom Peter Collins Vanwall Non Starter – Accident

Notes[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 42 (57 17)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Argentina José Froilán González 25 17 (26 914)
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 24 914
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 France Maurice Trintignant 17
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Germany Karl Kling 12
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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1954 Italian Grand Prix
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