19 April 1912|
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
|Died||30 December 1976
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||8 (7 starts)|
|First entry||1951 Swiss Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1952 Italian Grand Prix|
Rudolf "Rudi" Fischer (19 April 1912 – 30 December 1976) was a racing driver from Switzerland.
Fischer participated in eight World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 May 1951. He achieved two podium finishes, and scored a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One and Formula Two races.
Fischer finished third in a race which marked the reopening of the AVUS, a German motor racing circuit. It had been closed for a 14-year period and was damaged during World War II. A crowd of 350,000 watched Paul Greifzu of Suhl, Thuringia, win in a car he built himself. Fischer drove a Ferrari to third place over a distance of 207.5 kilometres. His time was 1 hour, 10 minutes, 27.5 seconds. In the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix, in Bern, Fischer finished second to Piero Taruffi; both drivers were in Ferraris.
Écurie Espadon/Scuderia Espadon
Fischer was the leader of the "Écurie Espadon", the entrant name for most of his racing career.
Écurie Espadon was composed of a group of Swiss amateur gentleman racers. The word "Écurie" was used at the beginning as most of the team's cars were French, generally Gordinis. Later the team's equipment changed to Ferraris and other Italian vehicles, thus the name of the team changed to use the equivalent Italian word "Scuderia".
The team was involved in several races all over Europe, as the presentation document described.
The team was composed of:
- Rudolf Fischer: a successful restaurant owner.
- Rudolf Schoeller
- Peter Hirt: a wealthy businessman from Küssnacht, near Zürich, involved in precision tool manufacturing.
- Peter (Pierre) Staechelin from Basel.
- Max de Terra
- Paul Glauser
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1950||Écurie Espadon||SVA 1500||FIAT L4||GBR||MON||500||SUI
|1951||Écurie Espadon||Ferrari 212||Ferrari V12||SUI
|1952||Écurie Espadon||Ferrari 500||Ferrari L4||SUI
- 350,000 See Reopening of Motor RaceWay In Berlin After an Interval of 14 Years, New York Times, July 2, 1951, Page 31.
- Swiss Auto Race to Taruffi, Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1952, Page 24.
- "Presentation document Ecurie Espadon". Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- "Scuderia Espadon and its background". forums.autosport.com. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- Diepraam, M (June 2001). "German F2 specials taking on Ferrari". 8W. Retrieved 30 April 2008.