1933 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
1933 Grand Prix season
Spa-Francorchamps original layout (1922).jpg
Date 9 July 1933
Official name IV Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Road course
Course length 14.915 km (9.268 mi)
Distance 40 laps, 596.6 km (370.7 mi)
Weather Dry, overcast
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Grid positions set by ballot
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Tazio Nuvolari Maserati
Time 6:01 on lap 13
First Maserati
Second Bugatti
Third Bugatti

The 1933 Belgian Grand Prix (formally the IV Grand Prix de Belgique) was a Grand Prix motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 9 July 1933. The race, which was held over 40 laps, was won by Tazio Nuvolari, of Scuderia Ferrari, driving a Maserati. Second and third were taken by the works Bugatti drivers Achille Varzi and René Dreyfus.[1][2]


The works Bugatti team, who had been absent from the previous Grande Épreuve, the French Grand Prix, returned to action, bringing their new 2.8 L Bugatti T59 to the Belgian Grand Prix. The car, which was originally intended to make its debut at Montlhéry, was driven by the team's most experienced driver, Achille Varzi. However, Varzi experienced issues with the T59 during practice, and therefore decided to revert to the older 2.3 L T51 model, which his teammates were still using.[1]

Tazio Nuvolari, part of Scuderia Ferrari, the works Alfa Romeo team, was unhappy at how his team had been preparing his car, and so decided to try out a Maserati 8CM as well as his usual Alfa Romeo Monza during practice. The Maserati had been driven a week earlier at the Marne Grand Prix by Giuseppe Campari, whose injuries incurred at that race rendered him unfit to race at Spa. It was therefore available to be raced and was lent to Nuvolari, who was still under contract for the Scuderia, as part of a deal reached between Enzo Ferrari and Ernesto Maserati. Nuvolari ultimately decided to use the 8CM, once certain modifications had been made. Despite technically being entered by Scuderia Ferrari, Nuvolari's Maserati did not feature the team's prancing horse logo.[1]


Despite starting frow the back row of the grid, Nuvolari had taken the lead of the race by the end of the first lap, with his nearest rivals being his teammate Borzacchini, polesitter Chiron in a privateer Alfa Romeo, and the works Bugattis of Varzi and Dreyfus. By the 100 km mark, Nuvolari had opened up a 17-second lead over Borzacchini and Chiron, with Varzi, in fourth position, a further 45 seconds back. Lehoux was 8 seconds behind Varzi, and around 25 seconds ahead of Zehender and Dreyfus. Zehender, the only works Maserati competing in the Grand Prix, was the first casualty of the race, retiring due to transmission problems after ten laps. The Swiss driver "Marko" (Edgard Markiewicz), who had been at the back of the field throughout, was the second to retire when he crashed his car.[1]

By the 200 km mark, Nuvolari's lead had increased to 36 seconds over Borzacchini, while Chiron was a further 14 seconds back. Nuvolari's lead over Varzi and Lehoux was in excess of two minutes, and the remainder of the field were more than three minutes behind the race leader. When Nuvolari took to the pits for fuel and tyres, Chiron, who had already overtaken Borzacchini, took the lead of the race, while Borzacchini and Varzi were promoted to second and third, respectively, with Nuvolari down to fourth place. Chiron's lead at the 300 km mark was over two minutes to Borzacchini, while Nuvolari, up to third, was a further minute back, having himself opened up a minute-and-a-half lead to Varzi in fourth. Chiron's lead was relatively short-lived, however, as he was forced to retire when his differential broke. The Frenchman Moll retired on the same lap as Chiron, after suffering problems with either his gearbox or his clutch. Two laps later, Nuvolari was back in the lead when a connecting rod broke in the engine of the erstwhile race-leader, Nuvolari's teammate, Borzacchini's Alfa Romeo Monza.[1]

Nuvolari's lead at the 400 km mark was up to 1:45 over Varzi, with Varzi's teammate Dreyfus a further minute and a half behind. Lehoux was fourth, comfortably ahead of fifth-placed Siena, Nuvolari's only remaining teammate left in the race. After 500 km, Nuvolari had extended his lead over Varzi to 2:14. As Varzi had a considerable time advantage over Dreyfus, he was able to make a tyre change towards the end of the race, and rejoin proceedings still in second place, albeit only just. Nuvolari took the victory with a gap of nearly four minutes to Varzi, while Dreyfus finished three seconds behind his teammate in third place. Lehoux, who had lost third gear, took fourth, ahead of Siena, the first Alfa to finish, in fifth place. Grover-Williams in the final Bugatti, who had experienced considerable problems with spark plugs, was a lap down in sixth, while Sommer was the last to finish in seventh, five laps behind the leaders, having had fuel feed issues throughout the race.[1]


No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
2 Monaco Louis Chiron Scuderia CC Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
4 France Marcel Lehoux Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T51 3.0 L8
6 France Guy Moll Private entry Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
8 France Raymond Sommer Private entry Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6 L8
10 Italy Baconin Borzacchini Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6 L8
12 Italy Eugenio Siena Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6 L8
14 Italy Achille Varzi Automobiles E. Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T59
Bugatti T51
2.8 L8
2.3 L8
16 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Automobiles E. Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
18 France René Dreyfus Automobiles E. Bugatti Bugatti Bugatti T51 2.3 L8
20 Switzerland "Marko" Edgard Markiewicz Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8
22 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari Maserati Maserati 8CM 3.0 L8
24 Italy Goffredo Zehender Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 8CM 3.0 L8
 ? Italy Giuseppe Campari Officine A. Maserati Maserati Maserati 8CM 3.0 L8
 ? Switzerland Horst von Waldthausen Equipe Villars Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
 ? Switzerland Julio Villars Equipe Villars Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
 ? Switzerland Walter Grosch Equipe Villars Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
 ? France Jean-Pierre Wimille Private entry Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3 L8
 ? Belgium Willy Longueville Private entry Bugatti Bugatti T35B 2.3 L8

Starting grid[edit]

Grid positions were drawn by ballot and the cars' numbers were allocated in grid order (#2 for pole position, #4 for second place, etc.)[1]

First row
3 2 1
France Moll
Alfa Romeo
France Lehoux
Monaco Chiron
Alfa Romeo
Second row
5 4
Italy Borzacchini
Alfa Romeo
France Sommer
Alfa Romeo
Third row
8 7 6
United Kingdom Grover-Williams
Italy Varzi
Italy Siena
Alfa Romeo
Fourth row
10 9
Switzerland "Marko"
France Dreyfus
Fifth row
12 11
Italy Zehender
Italy Nuvolari



Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 22 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Maserati 8CM 40 4:09:11 11
2 14 Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti T51 40 +3:45 7
3 18 France René Dreyfus Bugatti T51 40 +3:48 9
4 4 France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti T51 40 +4:17 2
5 12 Italy Eugenio Siena Alfa Romeo Monza 40 +7:59 6
6 16 United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti T51 39 +1 lap 8
7 8 France Raymond Sommer Alfa Romeo Monza 35 +5 laps 4
Ret 10 Italy Baconin Borzacchini Alfa Romeo Monza 22 Connecting rod 5
Ret 6 France Guy Moll Alfa Romeo Monza 20 Gearbox/clutch 3
Ret 2 Monaco Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo Monza 20 Differential 1
Ret 20 Switzerland "Marko" Bugatti T51 15 Accident 10
Ret 24 Italy Goffredo Zehender Maserati 8CM 10 Transmission 12
DNA Italy Giuseppe Campari Maserati 8CM Injured at Marne Grand Prix
DNA Switzerland Horst von Waldthausen Alfa Romeo Monza Withdrawn, raced at La Baraque
DNA Switzerland Julio Villars Alfa Romeo Monza Withdrawn, raced at La Baraque
DNA Switzerland Walter Grosch Alfa Romeo Monza Did not show up
DNA France Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Monza Did not show up
DNA Belgium Willy Longueville Bugatti T35B Car not ready


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Etzrodt, Hans. "Nuvolari triumphs in a Maserati at the Grand Prix of Belgium". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "IV Grand Prix de Belgique". teamdan.com. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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