Pietsch at 1938 Targa Florio in Maserati 4CM
|Born||20 June 1911|
Freiburg im Breisgau, German Empire
|Died||31 May 2012 (aged 100)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Teams||Alfa Romeo, non-works Maserati and Veritas|
|First entry||1950 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1952 German Grand Prix|
Paul Pietsch (20 June 1911 – 31 May 2012) was a racing driver, journalist and publisher from Germany, who founded the magazine Das Auto. He was the first German ever to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix.
In the 1935 German Grand Prix he raced for Auto Union, and he finished third in the 1935 Italian Grand Prix before leaving the team with its hard-to-drive rear engines. From 1937 onwards he entered a private Maserati. His greatest hours came in the 1939 German Grand Prix which he led from lap two until the ignition failed, making him drop down to third, which was still an excellent result for a privateer against the dominant force of the Silver Arrows.
After the war, he participated in three World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on September 3, 1950. His drive in a factory Alfa Romeo in the 1951 German Grand Prix ended with an accident. He scored no championship points.
At that time, Pietsch was already a successful editor and publisher of motorcycle and automobile magazines. His company, Motor Presse Stuttgart, is the largest in the European market for technology and special interest magazines.
From the death of his countryman Karl Kling in 2003 until his own death, Pietsch was the oldest surviving Formula One driver, at age 100 and the last surviving driver of pre-war grand prix era. His son Peter-Paul Pietsch races often at the Nürburgring with fellow journalists.
Complete European Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1932||Pilesi Racing Team||Bugatti T35B||Bugatti 2.3 L8||ITA||FRA||GER
|1935||Auto Union AG||Auto Union B||Auto Union 5.0 V16||MON||FRA||BEL||GER
|1937||P. Pietsch||Maserati 6C-34||Maserati 3.7 L6||BEL||GER
|1938||P. Pietsch||Maserati 6CM||Maserati 1.5 L6||FRA||GER
|1939||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati 8CTF||Maserati 3.0 L8||BEL||FRA||GER
|P. Pietsch||Maserati 4CL||Maserati 1.5 L4||SUI
- ^1 – As a co-driver Pietsch was ineligible for championship points
Complete Formula One World Championship results
|1950||Paul Pietsch||Maserati 4CLT/48||Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s||GBR||MON||500||SUI||BEL||FRA||ITA
|1951||Alfa Romeo SpA||Alfa Romeo 159||Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s||SUI||500||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER
|1952||Motor Presse Verlag||Veritas Meteor||Veritas 2.0 L6||SUI||500||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER
- Glückwunsch zum 100. Geburtstag - ADAC Motorwelt 6/2012 p12
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