Rudi Fischer

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Rudi Fischer
Born (1912-04-19)19 April 1912
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
Died 30 December 1976(1976-12-30) (aged 64)
Lucerne, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Active years 19511952
Teams non-works Ferrari
Races 8 (7 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 10
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
Last race 1952 Italian Grand Prix

Rudolf "Rudi" Fischer (born 19 April 1912 in Stuttgart, Germany – 30 December 1976 in Lucerne) was a racing driver from Switzerland.

Fischer participated in eight World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 May 1951. He achieved two podium finishes, and scored a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One and Formula Two races.

Career[edit]

Fischer finished third in a race which marked the reopening of the AVUS, a German motor racing circuit. It had been closed for a 14 year period and was damaged during World War II. A crowd of 350,000 watched Paul Greifzu of Suhl, Thuringia, win in a car he built himself. Fischer drove a Ferrari to third place over a distance of 207.5 kilometres. His time was 1 hour, 10 minutes, 27.5 seconds.[1] In the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix, in Bern, Fischer finished second to Piero Taruffi; both drivers were in Ferraris.[2]

Écurie Espadon/Scuderia Espadon[edit]

Fischer was the leader of the "Écurie Espadon",[3] the entrant name for most of his racing career.

Écurie Espadon was composed of a group of Swiss amateur gentleman racers. The word "Écurie" was used at the beginning as most of the team's cars were French, generally Gordinis. Later the team's equipment changed to Ferraris and other Italian vehicles, thus the name of the team changed to use the equivalent Italian word "Scuderia".

The team was involved in several races all over Europe, as the presentation document described.[4]

The team was composed of:

  • Rudolf Fischer: a successful restaurant owner.
  • Rudolf Schoeller
  • Peter Hirt: a wealthy businessman from Küssnacht, near Zürich, involved in precision tool manufacturing.
  • Peter (Pierre) Staechelin from Basel.
  • Max de Terra
  • Paul Glauser

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1950 Écurie Espadon SVA 1500 FIAT L4 GBR
MON
500
SUI
DNA
BEL
FRA
ITA
NC 0
1951 Écurie Espadon Ferrari 212 Ferrari V12 SUI
11
500
BEL FRA
GBR
GER
6
ITA ESP NC 0
1952 Écurie Espadon Ferrari 500 Ferrari L4 SUI
2
500
BEL FRA
11
GBR
13
GER
3
NED
ITA
Ret
4th 10

Entered and practiced in his Ferrari 500, but engine failure meant that he reverted to the previous season's 212 model for the race.[5] Drive shared with Peter Hirt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 350,000 See Reopening of Motor RaceWay In Berlin After an Interval of 14 Years, New York Times, July 2, 1951, Page 31.
  2. ^ Swiss Auto Race to Taruffi, Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1952, Page 24.
  3. ^ [1] Presentation document Ecurie Espadon
  4. ^ [2] Team Espadon background
  5. ^ Diepraam, M (June 2001). "German F2 specials taking on Ferrari". 8W. Retrieved 2008-04-30.