Grosser Preis der Schweiz

Bremgarten, 27 May 1951

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#24 Alfa Romeo SpA
42 2h 07' 53.64
2 Piero Taruffi Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] - V12
#44 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 1)
42 2h 08' 48.88
3 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#22 Alfa Romeo SpA
42 2h 09' 12.95
4 Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#28 Alfa Romeo SpA
41 2h 09' 27.10
5 Emmanuel de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#26 Alfa Romeo SpA
40 2h 08' 05.70
6 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 [375-4] - V12
#20 Scuderia Ferrari
40 2h 10' 59.00
7 Louis Chiron Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#30 Enrico Platé (see note 2)
40 2h 11' 20.20
8 Stirling Moss (F2) 2-litre HWM 51 ['1'] - Alta 4
#14 HW Motors (see note 3)
40 2h 11' 25.00
9 Louis Rosier Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#8 Écurie Rosier (see note 4)
39 2h 08' 04.60
10 Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#4 P Étancelin (see note 5)
39 2h 10' 59.90
11 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - V12
#38 Écurie Espadon
39 2h 11' 41.40
12 Harry Schell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - s/c 4
#32 Enrico Platé (see note 6)
38 2h 09' 43.40
13 Johnny Claes Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] 6
#2 Écurie Belge (see note 7)
35 2h 08' 27.51
14 Guy Mairesse Talbot T26C [110 002] 6
#40 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 8)
31 2h 08' 38.33
R Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 [114] - s/c V12
#16 Scuderia Ferrari
36 accident
R Henri Louveau Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#10 Écurie Rosier (see note 9)
30 accident
R George Abecassis (F2) 2-litre HWM 51 ['3'] - Alta 4
#12 HW Motors (see note 10)
23 Magneto
R Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 009] 6
#6 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 11)
14 Ignition
R Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375/50 ['1'] - V12
#18 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 12)
12 Accident
R José Froilán Gonzalez Talbot T26C-GS [110 055] 6
#42 Écurie Rosier
10 Oil pump
R Peter Hirt (F2) 2-litre Veritas Meteor ['3'] 6
#52 Ecurie Suisse (see note 13)
0 Fuel Feed
T/S Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 [375-5] - V12
#18 Scuderia Ferrari
(Spare - not used in practice)
DNA "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - OSCA V12
#34 Ecurie Royale Siam (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Toni Branca Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - s/c 4
#36 A Branca (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini T15 - T16C s/c 4
#46 Équipe Gordini
Did not arrive
DNA Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 - T16C s/c 4
#48 Équipe Gordini
Did not arrive
DNA Pierre Staechelin (F2) 2-litre Ferrari 166C [06C] - V12
#50 Écurie Espadon
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.5-litre s/c F1 or 4.5-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Juan Manuel Fangio (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 35.9s
2 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 37.8s
3 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375/50 ['1'] - Ferrari V12 2m 39.3s
4 Consalvo Sanesi (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 40.3s
5 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 2m 41.8s
6 Piero Taruffi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] - Ferrari V12 2m 45.2s
7 Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-4] - Ferrari V12 2m 46.0s
8 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] - Talbot 6 2m 52.7s
9 Peter Whitehead (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Ferrari 125 [114] - Ferrari s/c V12 2m 52.9s
10 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - Ferrari V12 2m 54.1s
11 Henri Louveau (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 2m 56.2s
12 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] - Talbot 6 2m 57.3s
13 José Froilán Gonzalez (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-GS [110 055] - Talbot 6 2m 57.3s
14 Stirling Moss (F2) 2-litre HWM 51 ['1'] - Alta 4 2m 58.4s
15 Yves Giraud-Cabantous (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 009] - Talbot 6 3m 00.3s
16 Peter Hirt (F2) 2-litre Veritas Meteor ['3'] - Veritas 6 3m 01.6s
17 Harry Schell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - Maserati s/c 4 3m 02.4s
18 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] - Talbot 6 3m 02.5s
19 Louis Chiron (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 3m 03.1s
20 George Abecassis (F2) 2-litre HWM 51 ['3'] - Alta 4 3m 03.8s
21 Guy Mairesse (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 002] - Talbot 6 3m 12.0s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] (Piero Taruffi): One of the pair of Ferrari 375s introduced at the 1950 Italian GP and marked 'GP/50/1'. Believed to be Ascari's car at Monza and then used by Ascari at the first two races of 1951. Then became the team's muletto and used by Gonzales to win the British GP and by Ascari to win at the Nürburgring. Last seen when raced by Chico Landi at the Italian GP. The car stamped '2' that was later owned by Rosier appears to be a late-51 375, not this 1950 car. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] (Louis Chiron): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 7 Mar 1949 in Maserati records) and driven by Emmanuel de Graffenried. Continued as de Graffenried's well-used car through 1950 and 1951. Probably one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Plate-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Ottorino Volonterio in F2 in 1953. Sold with the sister car (probably 1598) by de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work then sold again via Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  3. HWM 51 ['1'] (Stirling Moss): The number '1' is used here just for convenience; chassis number of this car is not known. This was one of the first pair of 1951 HWMs to appear and was Moss's car throughout the season. Tony Gaze recalls that he had Moss's regular 1951 car for 1952. This car was raced in Europe in 1952 and then went to Lex Davison in Australia who fitted a Jaguar XK120 engine. It passed to Arthur Griffiths in 1956 and Arnold Glass in 1957. After a further six Australian owners and a conversion to a sports car body, the HWM-Jaguar was owned by Ralph Hough in 2002.
  4. Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] (Louis Rosier): Built in 1950 using parts from '110 003' and raced for the works by Martin, Chaboud and Giraud-Cabantous in 1950 then by Rosier as a private entry in 1951. Driven by Trintignant for Ecurie Rosier in 1952, then Giraud-Cabantous 1952-53. Owned by Marceau Hauret 1955 and Houdayer (Paris) 1981. Raced from 1987-2000 by François d'Huart (Belgium) as '100105'.
  5. Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] (Philippe Étancelin): Built for 1950 and raced for the works by Etancelin and Rosier, then Etancelin as a private entry 1951-54. To Terry Hall (US) 1955-57 (also driven by Ernie McAfee and Ignazio Lozano) before conversion to sportscar 1957 and then via a chain of US owners to Peter Giddings who had restored and rebodied by Steve Griswold. Raced by Giddings 1978-96 (and possibly later).
  6. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] (Harry Schell): Maserati records show this car going to 'B. Bira' 23 Sep 1948. Bira raced 1948 British GP, 1949 Argentine Temporada and 1949 European season. Retained 1950 being used as Platé team car from Pescara. Raced by Harry Schell for Enrico Platé in 1951 then becoming one of two cars extensively rebuilt as Platé-Maseratis for 1952. Probably raced by Giovanni de Riu in F2 in 1953. Then sold via de Graffenried to 20th Century Fox for film work and then acquired by Tom Carstens (Tacoma, WA). Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] (Johnny Claes): Built in 1950 using parts from '110 012' and raced for the works by Giraud-Cabantous, Sommer and, in Argentina, Gonzalez. To Claes for 1951 and then Ecurie Belgique (Claes and Pilette) 1952. Some differences of opinion over its ownership in the 1950s but then via UK and German owners until 1987. Next seen with Peter Mullin (USA) in 2001. Raced by Mullin at 2007 Monterey Historics.
  8. Talbot T26C [110 002] (Guy Mairesse): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 002' was raced by 'Raph' and Eugene Chaboud in 1948 and Paul Vallee and Guy Mairesse in 1950. Owned by Mairesse 1950-51; also raced by Giraud-Cabantous 1950; by Jean Blanc and Levegh 1952; and by Etancelin in 1953. In late 1953, Vallee sold the car to Doug Whiteford in Australia to replace his existing chassis '110 007'. Whiteford was surprised to discover that he'd bought an earlier model and it was 1955 before the car raced in Australia. It was sold to Ralph Snodgrass in 1956 but crashed badly at Mt Druitt in 1957. Snodgrass retained the car until 1980 when it was sold to Reg Hunt who restored it for historic events. Retained by Hunt until sold to Ron Towney in 2006.
  9. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Henri Louveau): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 001' was raced by Louis Rosier from 1948 to 1950 and then under the Ecurie Rosier banner by Pozzi in 1950; by Henri Louveau and Louis Chiron in 1951; and by Giraud-Cabantous, Chaboud and Mairesse in 1952. It was acquired by the Musée Henri Malatre at Rochetaillé, France, in 1956 and was still on display in 1990.
  10. HWM 51 ['3'] (George Abecassis): The number '3' is used to denote that this was the third 1951 car; its chassis number is not known. It is the 'third car' referred to in Denis Jenkinson's Racing Car Review and was usually raced by Heath and Abecassis. Subsequent history unknown but the chassis may have been used in another of the early HWM-Jaguar sports cars, such as "VPA 9", "XPA 748" or "2 BMF".
  11. Talbot T26C [110 009] (Yves Giraud-Cabantous): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 009' was Raymond Sommer's 1949 car and then passed to Yves Giraud-Cabantous for 1950. Driven by Giraud-Cabantous and Pierre Meyrat 1951 and next seen with Louis Girardot 1953-56 and then possibly via Serge Pozzoli to Fritz Schlumpf 1957. In Musée de l'Automobile in Mulhouse 2001, possibly numbered 110002.
  12. Ferrari 375/50 ['1'] (Luigi Villoresi): One of the pair of Ferrari 375s introduced at the 1950 Italian GP and marked 'GP/50/1'. Believed to be Serafina's car at Monza (handed over to Ascari) and then used by Villoresi in the first few races of 1951. Crashed by Villoresi at San Remo and again at Berne five weeks later. This car does not appear to have raced thereafter as the team had thre 1951-model 375s. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. Veritas Meteor ['3'] (Peter Hirt): The number '3' is used here only for identification but this car may have been chassis 4202. Paul Hirt's 1950 Ecurie Swiss Veritas Meteor has been identified by Veritas historian Markus Neugebauer as the third of the 1949/50 series of Meteors. Chassis 4202 was later restored by Veritas specialist Bruno Kühnis and is believed to be the former Hirt car. Raced by Kühnis in historic racing from 2000 (or earlier) to 2006.
  14. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] ("B Bira"): To Enrico Platé for 1949 (dated 14 Nov 1949 in Maserati records) and raced by Bira up to Geneva 1950. Car fitted with a 4450cc OSCA V12 engine for Bira for the 1951 season. The OSCA was taken to Australia in 1955 by Bira as a spare car to his 250F and sold there to Alf Harvey who raced it from 1955 to 1959. The car then went to the UK for historic racing and was bought by Tom Wheatcroft in 1971. Subsequently in the Donington Museum.
  15. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] (Toni Branca): Shown in Maserati records as going to Louis Chiron in Monte Carlo 21 Sep 1949. Raced by Chiron through 1950 then to Toni Branca for 1951 and then de Walckiers (who entered Steve Watson and Pilette) for 1952. Reappeared Italy 1960s then via chain of Italian, Belgian, Swiss, German and French owners to 1998. Owned by Bernie Ecclestone from 1998.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

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