1931 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 3 in the 1931 European Championship
Monza 1922.svg
Date 24 May 1931
Official name IX Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 10.00 km (6.21 mi)
Distance 155 laps, 1550.03 km (963.14 mi)
Pole position
  • France Robert Sénéchal
Grid positions set by ballot
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo
Time 3:32.8
First Alfa Romeo
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Bugatti

The 1931 Italian Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Monza on 24 May 1931. The race was the first of three Grands Prix that constituted the inaugural European Championship. The Alfa Romeo works team pairing of Giuseppe Campari and Tazio Nuvolari won the race, ahead of their teammates Ferdinando Minoia and Baconin Borzacchini in second, while third place went to the works Bugattis of Albert Divo and Guy Bouriat.[1]


No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
2  ? Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
4  ? Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
6  ? Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
8 Italy Umberto Klinger
Italy Pietro Ghersi
U. Klinger Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
10 Switzerland Carlo Pedrazzini C. Pedrazzini Maserati Maserati 26B 2.0 L8
12 Italy Achille Varzi
Monaco Louis Chiron
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
14 France Albert Divo
France Guy Bouriat
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
16 France Marcel Lehoux
France Philippe Étancelin
M. Lehoux Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
18 France Jean-Pierre Wimille
France Jean Gaupillat
J.-P. Wimille Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
20 France Robert Sénéchal
France Henri Frètet
R. Sénéchal Delage Delage 15S8 1.5 L8
22 Russia Boris Ivanowski
France Henri Stoffel
B. Ivanowski Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SSK 7.1 L6
24 Italy Antonio Maino
Italy Gildo Strazza
A. Maino Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SSK 7.1 L6
26 Italy Giuseppe Campari
Italy Attilio Marinoni1
SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 2.3 L8
28 Italy Tazio Nuvolari
Italy Baconin Borzacchini
SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Type A 2x 3.5 L6
30 Italy Ferdinando Minoia
Italy Goffredo Zehender
SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 2.3 L8
32 Italy Francesco Pirola
Italy Giovanni Lurani
F. Pirola Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C-1500 1.5 L6
34 Italy Guglielmo Lettieri G. Lettieri Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1.7 L6
36 Italy Luigi Castelbarco
Italy Tino Bianchi
L. Castelbarco Maserati Maserati 26M 2.5 L8
38 Italy Amedeo Ruggeri
Italy Renato Balestrero
A. Ruggeri Talbot Talbot 700 1.7 L8
40 Italy Carlo di Vecchio
Italy Gerolamo Ferrari
C. di Vecchio Talbot Talbot 700 1.5 L8
42  ?  ? Talbot  ?  ?
44 Italy Angelo Facchetti
A. Fachetti Itala  ?  ?
46  ?  ? Bugatti  ?  ?
48 Villa
Gerardo Tornelli
Villa Bugatti  ?  ?
50 Italy Alfredo Caniato
Italy Mario Tadini
A. Caniato Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 1.8 L8
^1Luigi Arcangeli was originally designated as Campari's co-driver in car #26, but he was replaced by Marinoni after he was killed during practice.[1]

Starting grid[edit]

Grid positions were allocated by drawing lots.[1]

First row
1 2 3
France Sénéchal
France Frètet
France Wimille
France Gaupillat
Italy Campari
Italy Marinoni
Alfa Romeo
Second row
4 5 6
Italy Minoia
Italy Zehender
Alfa Romeo
France Lehoux
France Étancelin
Russia Ivanowski
France Stoffel
Third row
7 8 9
Italy Nuvolari
Italy Borzacchini
Alfa Romeo
Italy di Vecchio
Italy Ferrari
France Divo
France Bouriat
Fourth row
10 11
Italy Caniato
Italy Tadini
Alfa Romeo
Italy Varzi
Monaco Chiron
Fifth row
12 13 14
Italy Ruggeri
Italy Balestrero
Italy Klinger
Italy Ghersi
Italy Pirola
Italy Lurani
Alfa Romeo


Start of the race
Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Distance (km) Grid Points
1 26 Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 155 10:00:0.7 1557.754 3 1
Italy Tazio Nuvolari n/a2
2 30 Italy Ferdinando Minoia Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 153 +2 laps 1535.087 4 2
Italy Baconin Borzacchini n/a2
3 14 France Albert Divo Bugatti T51 152 +3 laps 1525.319 9 3
France Guy Bouriat 3
4 18 France Jean-Pierre Wimille Bugatti T51 138 +17 laps 1386.082 2 4
France Jean Gaupillat 4
5 22 Russia Boris Ivanowski Mercedes-Benz SSK 134 +21 laps 1343.255 6 4
France Henri Stoffel 4
6 32 Italy Francesco Pirola Alfa Romeo 6C-1500 129 +26 laps 1290.243 14 4
Italy Giovanni Lurani 4
7 38 Italy Amedeo Ruggeri Talbot 700 129 +26 laps 1290.0003 12 4
Italy Renato Balestrero 4
8 8 Italy Umberto Klinger Maserati 26M 114 +41 laps 1140.000 13 5
Italy Pietro Ghersi 5
Ret 40 Italy Carlo di Vecchio Talbot 700 87 +68 laps 870.000 8 5
Italy Gerolamo Ferrari 5
NC4 20 France Robert Sénéchal Delage 15S8 81 +74 Laps 809.977 1 5
Ret 16 France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti T51 49 Con-rod 490.000 5 6
France Philippe Étancelin 6
Ret 12 Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti T51 44 Differential 440.000 11 6
Monaco Louis Chiron 6
Ret 28 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Type A 31 Mechanical 310.000 7 7
Italy Baconin Borzacchini 7
Ret 50 Italy Alfredo Caniato Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 14 140.000 10 7
Italy Mario Tadini 7
DNS 24 Italy Antonio Maino Mercedes-Benz SSK Did not start 8
Italy Gildo Strazza 8
DNS 36 Italy Luigi Castelbarco Maserati 26M Did not start 8
Italy Tino Bianchi 8
^2 — Nuvolari and Borzacchini did not receive the points for first and second place, respectively, because they were not driving in their designated cars. The seven points apiece that they received were for driving car #28, which completed less than a quarter of the race distance. Attilio Marinoni and Goffredo Zehender, who had been designated to drive cars #26 and #30, respectively, both received eight points, since they did not take part in the race.[1]
^3 — Ruggeri and Balestrero were initially credited with 1290.534 km, putting them in sixth place. However, their final lap took more than five minutes to complete, so the fraction of the lap completed prior to the ten-hour mark was eliminated, demoting the pair to seventh, and promoting Pirola and Lurani to sixth.[1]
^4 — Sénéchal was not classified because he failed to complete at least three-fifths of the number of laps achieved by the race winner.[1]


  • The race was limited to ten hours. Each driver was allowed to complete a lap begun before the ten-hour cutoff (and retain the fraction of the lap already completed), provided that the lap took no more than five minutes.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Etzrodt, Hans. "Campari and Nuvolari win at Monza with the new 2300 Alfa Romeo". kolumbus.f1. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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