1935 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 5 in the 1935 European Championship
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date 28 July 1935
Official name VIII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.17 mi)
Distance 22 laps, 501.82 km (311.82 mi)
Weather Wet, overcast
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Grid positions set by ballot
Fastest lap
Driver Nazi Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Mercedes-Benz
Time 10:32.0
First Alfa Romeo
Second Auto Union
Third Mercedes-Benz

The 1935 German Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at the Nürburgring on 28 July 1935.



The 1935 event was considered to be one of the greatest motorsports victories of all time. The 1935 German Grand Prix at Nürbugring was held under one of the most chilling and dreadful conditions. An estimated 300,000 German fans including some of the most powerful and high ranking Third Reich officers showed up for the race that was run over the course of 22.8km consisting of 174 turns. There were high expectations that one of the German drivers would win the race since they had the most powerful and advanced cars. Three Alfa-Romeo was presented by the Scuderia Ferrari team and were driven by Italian drivers Tazio Nuvolari and Antonio Brivio, along with Monegasque driver Louis Chiron. The rest of the competitors were from Maserati, ERA and Bugatti and were contested under private teams. Italian legend, Tazio Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B was modified having his engine capacity increased from 3.2 to 3.8 litre, 330bhp.

The race position was determined by a ballot and Tazio Nuvolari secured the front row at P2 but due to a poor start, Nuvolari dropped down to the third place with team mates Brivio retiring at lap 1 and Chiron at Lap 5 leaving Tazio with the only Alfa Romeo left competing in the race. Italian legend Tazio Nuvolari, drove a very hard race in appalling conditions, and after a dreadful start was able to pass a number of cars, particularly while some of the German cars pitted. By lap 10, Nuvolari was already leading the race while the rest of the cars were struggling to maintain a grip on the now rain-soaked track. After a botched pit in which he lost a total of 2 minutes and 14 seconds due to refuelling delays from a broken pressure pump, he joined the race at 6th place. He drove on the limit, made up the time and was 2nd by the start of the last lap- 35 seconds behind leader Manfred von Brauchitsch in a Mercedes. But von Brauchitsch had ruined his tyres by pushing very hard in the dreadful conditions- and Nuvolari was able to catch the German and take victory in front of the stunned German High Command and 300,000 spectators. The small 42-year-old Italian ended up finishing in front of 8 running Silver Arrows- and 2nd placed Hans Stuck was 2 minutes behind Nuvolari.

For 1935, Nuvolari set his sights on a drive with the German Auto Union team. The team were lacking top-line drivers, but relented to pressure from Achille Varzi who did not want to be in the same teams as Nuvolari. Nuvolari then approached Enzo Ferrari, but was turned down as he had previously walked out on the team. However, Mussolini, the Italian prime minister, intervened and Ferrari backed down.

In this year, Nuvolari scored his most impressive victory, thought by many to be the greatest victory in car racing of all times, when at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, driving an old Alfa Romeo P3 (3167 cc, compressor, 265 hp) versus the dominant, all conquering home team's cars of five Mercedes-Benz W25 (3990 cm³, 8C, compressor, 375 hp (280 kW), driven by Caracciola, Fagioli, Hermann Lang, Manfred von Brauchitsch and Geyer) and four Auto Union Tipo B (4950 cc, 16C, compressor, 375 hp (280 kW), driven by Bernd Rosemeyer, Varzi, Hans Stuck and Paul Pietsch). This victory is known as "The Impossible Victory". The crowd of 300,000 applauded Nuvolari, but the representatives of the Third Reich were enraged.

Pos No Driver Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Kingdom of Italy Tazio Nuvolari Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo B 22 4:08:04.1 2 1
2 1 Nazi Germany Hans Stuck Auto Union Auto Union B 22 +2:14.3 3 2
3 5 Nazi Germany Rudolf Caracciola Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W25B 22 +3:09.0 7 3
4 3 Nazi Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Auto Union Auto Union B 22 +4:46.9 12 4
5 7 Nazi Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W25B 22 +6:13.3 4 4
6 6 Kingdom of Italy Luigi Fagioli Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W25B 22 +7:54.2 11 4
7 8 Nazi Germany Hanns Geier Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W25A 21 +1 Lap 20 4
8 2 Kingdom of Italy Achille Varzi Auto Union Auto Union B 21 +1 Lap 13 4
9 4 Nazi Germany Paul Pietsch Auto Union Auto Union B 20 +2 Laps 14 4
10 21 Switzerland Hans Ruesch Private entry Maserati 8CM 20 +2 Laps 10 4
11 16 Kingdom of Italy Goffredo Zehender Scuderia Subalpina Maserati 6C-34 19 +3 Laps 5 4
12 22 Kingdom of Italy Pietro Ghersi Luigi Soffietti Maserati 8CM 19 +3 Laps 18 4
Ret 17 France Philippe Étancelin Scuderia Subalpina Maserati 6C-34 18 Engine 8 4
Ret 9 Nazi Germany Hermann Lang Daimler-Benz AG Mercedes-Benz W25A 15 Engine 17 5
Ret 10 United Kingdom Raymond Mays ERA ERA B 11 Oil pressure 9 5
Nazi Germany Ernst von Delius n/a
Ret 20 Hungary László Hartmann Private entry Maserati 8CM 9 Ignition 15 6
Ret 14 Monaco Louis Chiron Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo B 5 Differential 6 7
Ret 23 Kingdom of Italy Piero Taruffi Bugatti Bugatti T59 3 Accident 16 7
Ret 15 Kingdom of Italy Antonio Brivio Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo B 1 Differential 19 7
Ret 11 Kingdom of Italy Renato Balestrero Gruppo San Giorgio Alfa Romeo Tipo B 0 Accident 1 7
DNS 15 France René Dreyfus Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo Tipo B 8
DNS 19 Nazi Germany Ernst von Delius ERA ERA B Practice accident 8
DNS 22 Kingdom of Italy Luigi Soffietti Luigi Soffietti Maserati 8CM 8

Starting grid positions[edit]

1st Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos. 3 Pos.
Kingdom of Italy
Alfa Romeo
Kingdom of Italy
Alfa Romeo
Nazi Germany
Auto Union
2nd Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos.
Nazi Germany
von Brauchitsch
Kingdom of Italy
3rd Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos. 3 Pos.
Alfa Romeo
Nazi Germany
4th Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos.
United Kingdom
5th Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos. 3 Pos.
Kingdom of Italy
Nazi Germany
Auto Union
Kingdom of Italy
Auto Union
6th Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos.
Nazi Germany
Auto Union
7th Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos. 3 Pos.
Kingdom of Italy
Nazi Germany
Kingdom of Italy
8th Row 1 Pos. 2 Pos.
Kingdom of Italy
Alfa Romeo
Nazi Germany


  • Ernst von Delius destroyed his car during practice, so shared Mays' car in the race.

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