1954 Spanish Grand Prix
Circuit Pedralbes layout
|Date||24 October 1954|
|Official name||XII Gran Premio de España|
|Location||Pedralbes Circuit, Barcelona, Spain|
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||6.316 km (3.925 mi)|
|Distance||80 laps, 505.280 km (313.966 mi)|
|Weather||Sunny, mild, dry|
|Time||2:20.4 on lap 3|
The 1954 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 24 October 1954 at Pedralbes. It was the ninth and final race in the 1954 World Championship of Drivers. The 80-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Mike Hawthorn after he started from third position. Luigi Musso finished second for the Maserati team and Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio came in third.
The long-awaited Lancia D50s arrived-using their 90 degree V8 engine as a stiffening aid for the chassis; they were simple but brilliantly designed. Ascari immediately set the fastest practice lap and led from pole.
Villoresi in the fellow Lancia retired with brake trouble after just 1 lap and Ascari succumbed to clutch problems after 9 laps.
Various other drivers took the lead and then retired-Schell spun off, Trintignant had mechanical problems and Moss overheated (one of several retirements caused by flying newspaper jamming the radiator ducts). The race boiled down to a duel between Hawthorn and Fangio but the Argentine was losing oil and lost second place to Musso. Hawthorn hung on to take the win with Fangio driving well to claim the final podium position.
This proved to be the last major race held at the Pedralbes street circuit. The Le Mans disaster in 1955 meant tighter safety regulations, and the spectator-lined street circuit in the Pedralbes neighborhood of Barcelona was abandoned and has not been used since.
|3||2||Juan Manuel Fangio||Mercedes||79||+1 Lap||2||4|
|4||10||Roberto Mieres||Maserati||79||+1 Lap||11||3|
|5||4||Karl Kling||Mercedes||79||+1 Lap||12||2|
|6||16||Paco Godia||Maserati||76||+4 Laps||13|
|7||26||Louis Rosier||Maserati||74||+6 Laps||20|
|8||28||Ken Wharton||Maserati||74||+6 Laps||14|
|9||18||Prince Bira||Maserati||68||+12 Laps||15|
|Ret||22|| Toulo de Graffenried
|Ret||8||Stirling Moss||Maserati||20||Oil Pump||6|
|DNS||42||Peter Collins||Vanwall||Non Starter – Accident|
- Pole position: Alberto Ascari 2:18.1
- Fastest lap: Alberto Ascari 2:20.4
- Lap Leaders:
- Shared Drives: Car #22: Toulo de Graffenried (30 laps) and Ottorino Volonterio (27 laps).
- Grand Prix debut for: Ottorino Volonterio and Lancia.
- Last Grand Prix appearance for: Prince Bira and Jacques Swaters.
- First points and first podium for Luigi Musso.
- The only time that Juan Manuel Fangio finished third in a World Drivers' Championship race.
Championship standings after the race
- Drivers' Championship standings
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||42 (57 1⁄7)|
|2||José Froilán González||25 1⁄7 (26 9⁄14)|
|1||3||Mike Hawthorn||24 9⁄14|
- Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
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