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German Grand Prix

Nürburgring, 29 Jul 1951

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] - V12
#71 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 1)
20 3h 23' 03.3
2 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#75 Alfa Romeo SpA
20 3h 23' 33.8
3 José Froilán Gonzalez Ferrari 375 [375-3] - V12
#74 Scuderia Ferrari
20 3h 27' 42.3
4 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 [375-6] - V12
#72 Scuderia Ferrari
20 3h 28' 53.5
5 Piero Taruffi Ferrari 375 [375-5] - V12
#73 Scuderia Ferrari
20 3h 30' 52.4
6 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - V12
#91 Écurie Espadon
19
7 Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#82 Équipe Gordini (see note 2)
19
8 Louis Rosier Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#84 Écurie Rosier (see note 3)
19 3h 30' 02.7
9 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#90 P "Levegh" (see note 4)
18 3h 29' 42.7
10 Jacques Swaters Talbot T26C [110 006] 6
#93 Écurie Belgique (see note 5)
18 3h 32' 35.4
11 Johnny Claes Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] 6
#94 Écurie Belge (see note 6)
17 3h 23' 19.0
R Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 009] 6
#87 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 7)
17 Accident
R Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#81 Équipe Gordini (see note 8)
13 Engine
R Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#77 Alfa Romeo SpA
12 Magneto
R Duncan Hamilton Talbot T26C [110 011] 6
#88 J D Hamilton (see note 9)
12 Oil pressure
R Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#78 Alfa Romeo SpA
11 Accident
R André Simon Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - T16C s/c 4
#83 Équipe Gordini (see note 10)
11 Engine
R Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 159 - s/c 8
#76 Alfa Romeo SpA
8 Overheating
R Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#86 P Étancelin (see note 11)
4 Gearbox
R Louis Chiron Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#85 Écurie Rosier (see note 12)
3 Ignition
R Toni Branca Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - s/c 4
#92 A Branca (see note 13)
3 Engine
R Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#79 Enrico Platé (see note 14)
2 Engine
DNS Paul Pietsch Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] - s/c 4
#80 Enrico Platé (see note 15)
Did not start
(Practice only)
DNSC David Murray Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - s/c 4
#89 Scuderia Ambrosiana (see note 16)
Did not start (crashed)
T Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 [375-3] - V12
#71 Scuderia Ferrari
(Only used in practice)
DNA "B Bira" Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - OSCA V12
#95 Ecurie Siam (see note 17)
Did not arrive
DNA Eric Lundgren (4.5 F1) 3.6-litre EL-Ford Special - Ford V8
#96 E Lundgren
Did not arrive
DNA Chico Landi Maserati 4CLT-48 - s/c 4
#97 Escuderia Bandeirantes (see note 18)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Alberto Ascari (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] - Ferrari V12 09m 55.8s
2 José Froilán Gonzalez (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-3] - Ferrari V12 09m 57.5s
3 Juan Manuel Fangio (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 09m 59.0s
4 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 10m 01.0s
5 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-6] - Ferrari V12 10m 06.6s
6 Piero Taruffi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375 [375-5] - Ferrari V12 10m 12.9s
7 Paul Pietsch (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 10m 15.7s
8 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - Ferrari V12 10m 23.8s
9 Robert Manzon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 10m 28.9s
10 Felice Bonetto (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Alfa Romeo 159 - Alfa Romeo s/c 8 10m 46.1s
11 Yves Giraud-Cabantous (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 009] - Talbot 6 10m 52.8s
12 André Simon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 10m 57.5s
13 Louis Chiron (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 11m 00.2s
14 Maurice Trintignant (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - Simca-Gordini T16C s/c 4 11m 07.5s
15 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] - Talbot 6 11m 08.2s
16 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 11m 25.6s
17 Toni Branca (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1606] - Maserati s/c 4 11m 26.7s
18 Johnny Claes (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 052] - Talbot 6 11m 33.6s
19 Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 005] - Talbot 6 11m 41.9s
20 Duncan Hamilton (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 011] - Talbot 6 11m 49.3s
21 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] - Talbot 6 11m 52.9s
22 Jacques Swaters (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 006] - Talbot 6 12m 09.1s
23 David Murray * (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] - Maserati s/c 4 No time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] (Alberto Ascari): 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. Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] (Robert Manzon): Works car 1949-53, driven by Pollet 1951-53, Simon 1951, and Behra, Bira and Schell 1952. Converted to T15S sports as chassis 16S in 1952. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. 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'.
  4. Talbot T26C [110 005] (Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh")): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 005' was raced by 'Levegh' from 1948 to 1951 and by Grignard once in 1951. Retained by the works until it was sold to Otto Zipper in the US in 1957. Then to the Briggs Cunningham museum via two other US owners to Tony Wang 1988.
  5. Talbot T26C [110 006] (Jacques Swaters): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 006' was raced by Georges Grignard in 1948, by Giraud-Cabantous in 1949, Pozzi and Levegh in 1950 and by Jean Blanc in one 1951 hillclimb. Then to Ecurie Belgique in 1951 and retained to 1952. Reappeared in US ownership in 1964 and then via two further US owners to Dean Butler in 1998. Retained 2003. This car was on display at the 2006 Brussels Retro Festival honouring Ecurie Francorchamps.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] (Maurice Trintignant): Completed late 1949 and run by works for Manzon in 1950 and 1951, including in F1 events with supercharged engine. Rebuilt 1952 as sportscar 0019 and raced by Bordoni in Mille Miglia with 2.3-litre 6-cyl engine. In Musée Nationale 1983 but apparently not by 1993. More recent history unknown.
  9. Talbot T26C [110 011] (Duncan Hamilton): Talbot-Lago T26C chassis '110 011' was Johnny Claes car in 1948-50 and then sold to Duncan Hamilton (and Fotheringham-Parker) and raced 1951-53. Stored in France until 1955 when Hamilton sold it to Allan Freeman in New Zealand who raced it through to 1961. It was bought by Joe Hepworth in 1963 and returned to England; then via other UK and French owners until sold to Bernie Ecclestone 1996. Retained 2002.
  10. Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] (André Simon): Works car 1949 to early 1952. Driven by Trintignant (and possibly Fangio) 1951. Rebuilt 1952 as sportscar 17S and raced at Le Mans with 2.3-litre 6-cyl engine. In Musée de Gérier 1983. More recent history unknown.
  11. 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).
  12. Talbot T26C [110 001] (Louis Chiron): 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] (Emmanuel de Graffenried): 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.
  15. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1598] (Paul Pietsch): 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.
  16. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1593] (David Murray): Shown in Maserati records as Alberto Ascari's early 1948 car. To Reg Parnell 1949 for Fred Ashmore then raced in 1950 by David Hampshire and others as part of Scuderia Ambrosiana. Then David Murray's car for 1951. Crashed in practice at the Nürburgring for the 1951 German GP and not seen again.
  17. 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.
  18. Maserati 4CLT-48 (Chico Landi): It has not yet been possible to positively identify Chico Landi's Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati 4CLT-48 at Bari in 1950. He also entered such a car at the Nürburgring and Pedralbes.

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' original results.

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