1955 Argentine Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 7 in the 1955 Formula One season|
|Date||16 January 1955|
|Official name||III Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina|
|Location||Autódromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||3.912 km (2.431 mi)|
|Distance||96 laps, 375.552 km (233.376 mi)|
|Weather||Very hot and dry|
|Driver||Juan Manuel Fangio||Mercedes|
|Time||1:48.3 on lap 45|
The race was won from third on the grid by Juan Manuel Fangio for Mercedes. Ferrari drivers Nino Farina and Maurice Trintignant finished both second and third in two three-way shared drives with José Froilán González and Umberto Maglioli respectively.
- Shared Drives:
- Car #12: José Froilán González (60 laps), Nino Farina (20 laps), and Maurice Trintignant (16 laps). They shared the 6 points for second place.
- Car #10: Nino Farina (50 laps), Umberto Maglioli (22 laps), and Maurice Trintignant (22 laps). They shared the 4 points for third place.
- Car #8: Hans Herrmann (30 laps), Karl Kling (30 laps), and Stirling Moss (34 laps). They shared the 3 points for fourth place.
- Car #28: Harry Schell (50 laps), and Jean Behra (38 laps).
- Car #22: Luigi Musso (50 laps), Sergio Mantovani (20 laps), and Harry Schell (13 laps).
- Car #20: Sergio Mantovani (30 laps), Jean Behra (14 laps), and Luigi Musso (10 laps).
- Car #26: Clemar Bucci (30 laps), Harry Schell (14 laps), and Carlos Menditeguy (10 laps).
- Car #36: Eugenio Castellotti (20 laps) and Luigi Villoresi (15 laps).
- This race holds the unusual distinction of being the hottest race ever for a Formula One event, 40°C (about 104°F). This record has since been tied twice, at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix and the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix.
- The extreme heat led to a scoring nightmare of 16 driver substitutions. Only Juan Manuel Fangio and Roberto Mieres finished the race without a relief driver.
- Fangio suffered severe burns to his leg which, for the entire duration of the race, was rubbing against the chassis frame which was being heated by the exhaust. It took him 3 months to recover; fortunately for him, the next race in Monaco was not until late May. It left a permanent scar on his leg later in life.
- Grand Prix debut for: Eugenio Castellotti and Alberto Uria. Only Grand Prix appearance for Jesús Iglesias.
- Last Grand Prix appearance for: Pablo Birger, Clemar Bucci, and Sergio Mantovani.
Drivers' Championship standings after the race
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||9|
|2=||Maurice Trintignant||3 1⁄3|
|2=||Nino Farina||3 1⁄3|
|4||José Froilán González||2|
- Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship.
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