1954 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 9 in the 1954 Formula One season
Spa-Francorchamps layout
Spa-Francorchamps layout
Date 20 June 1954
Official name XVI Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Course Permanent racing circuit
Course length 14.120 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.320 km (315.855 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Maserati
Time 4:22.1
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 4:25.5 on lap 13
Podium
First
  • Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Maserati
Second Ferrari
Third Maserati

The 1954 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 20 June 1954. It was the third round of the 1954 World Drivers' Championship. The 36-lap race was won by Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from pole position. Maurice Trintignant finished second for the Ferrari team with Fangio's teammate Stirling Moss in third.

Race report[edit]

This was to be Fangio's last Championship race of the season for Maserati as the new Mercedes cars would be ready in France. There were only three makes contesting this round – Maserati, Ferrari and Gordini. Despite Farina having an arm in plaster after a crash in the Mille Miglia he managed to lead away from the start. Fangio soon overtook him, but lost the lead whilst adjusting his rain visor. A frantic duel ensued, with the Argentine coming out in the lead. Farina battled furiously, but an engine blow-up cost him a chance of a race win. Fangio cruised home an easy winner from Trintignant and Moss in his privately entered Maserati.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos Driver Chassis Engine Time Gap
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Maserati 4:22.1
2 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 4:23.6 1.5
3 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 4:26.0 3.9
4 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati Maserati 4:27.6 5.5
5 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Ferrari 4:29.4 7.3
6 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari Ferrari 4:30.0 7.9
7 France Jean Behra Gordini Gordini 4:34.5 12.4
8 Belgium André Pilette Gordini Gordini 4:40.0 17.9
9 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati Maserati 4:40.8 18.7
10 Belgium Paul Frère Gordini Gordini 4:42.0 19.9
11 Italy Sergio Mantovani Maserati Maserati 4:42.0 19.9
12 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati Maserati 4:43.8 21.7
13 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati Maserati 4:46.5 24.4
14 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ferrari Ferrari 4:54.2 32.1
Source:[1]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 36 2:44:42.4 1 9
2 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 36 + 24.2 6 6
3 22 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 35 + 1 Lap 9 4
4 10 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Argentina José Froilán González
Ferrari 35 + 1 Lap 5 1.5
1.5
5 18 Belgium André Pilette Gordini 35 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 20 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 35 + 1 Lap 13  
7 30 Italy Sergio Mantovani Maserati 34 + 2 Laps 11  
Ret 4 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 14 Ignition 3  
Ret 16 Belgium Paul Frère Gordini 14 Engine 10  
Ret 12 France Jean Behra Gordini 12 Suspension 7  
Ret 28 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 3 Engine 4  
Ret 6 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari 1 Engine 2  
Ret 2 Belgium Jacques Swaters Ferrari 1 Engine 14  
Ret 24 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 0 Fire 12  
Source:[2]

Notes[edit]

  • Shared Drive – Car #10: Hawthorn (20 laps) then González (15 laps)
  • F1 Firsts: First podium finish for Trintignant and Moss; First points for Moss and Pilette (this would be Pilette's only points).
  • Records broken: Fangio's 11th career fast lap gives him sole possession of most fast laps.
  • This is the last race that Farina would start in 1954 (he would miss the rest of the season due to injury). He is the last driver to have started in all non-Indy 500 championship races. Thus ending his record string of 30 straight Grand Prix starts.
  • de Graffenried (Maserati) also participated as a camera car to record footage for the film The Racers.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 17
1uparrow green.svg 5 2 France Maurice Trintignant 9
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 United States Bill Vukovich 8
1uparrow green.svg 1 4 Argentina José Froilán González 6.5
1downarrow red.svg 2 5 Italy Nino Farina 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgium 1954 - Qualifying". statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "1954 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015. 


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