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Grand Prix de Pau

Pau, 26 Mar 1951

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375/50 ['1'] - V12
#10 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 1)
110 3h 17m 39.9s
2 Louis Rosier Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] 6
#18 Écurie Rosier (see note 2)
110 3h 19m 15.7s
3 Giuseppe Farina Maserati 4CLT-48 [1609] - s/c 4
#2 G Farina (see note 3)
107
4 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot T26C [110 009] 6
#28 Y Giraud-Cabantous (see note 4)
107
5 Philippe Étancelin Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] 6
#16 P Étancelin (see note 5)
105
6 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - V12
#30 Écurie Espadon
104
R Henri Louveau Talbot T26C [110 001] 6
#20 Écurie Rosier (see note 6)
92 Accident
R Dorino Serafini (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0102] - V12
#14 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 7)
66 Steering
R Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#26 Enrico Platé (see note 8)
66 Oil Pressure
R Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375/50 ['2'] - V12
#12 Scuderia Ferrari (see note 9)
46 Transmission
R Georges Grignard Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#22 P "Levegh" (see note 10)
43 Gearbox
R Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - T15C s/c 4
#6 Équipe Gordini (see note 11)
42 Gearbox
R André Simon Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - T15C s/c 4
#8 Équipe Gordini (see note 12)
35 Brakes
R Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - T15C s/c 4
#4 Équipe Gordini (see note 13)
25 Engine
R Harry Schell Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - s/c 4
#24 Enrico Platé (see note 14)
14 Radiator
DNS Eugène Martin (F2) 2-litre Ferrari 166C [166C-08C] - V12
#32 E Martin
Did not start
(Practice crash)
DNP Nello Pagani Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - s/c 4
#26 Enrico Platé (see note 15)
Did not take part in official practice
(Alternative driver)
DNP Pierre Bouillin ("Levegh") Talbot T26C [110 005] 6
#22 P "Levegh" (see note 16)
Did not take part in official practice
(Alternative driver)

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 1m 40.8s
2 Luigi Villoresi (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Ferrari 375/50 ['1'] - Ferrari V12 1m 42.1s
3 Dorino Serafini (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0102] - Ferrari V12 1m 44.4s
4 Louis Rosier (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 053] - Talbot 6 1m 44.9s
5 Emmanuel de Graffenried (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1601] - Maserati s/c 4 1m 46.0s
6 Giuseppe Farina (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1609] - Maserati s/c 4 1m 46.7s
7 André Simon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] - Simca-Gordini T15C s/c 4 1m 47.5s
8 Rudi Fischer (4.5 F1) 2.6-litre Ferrari 212 [0110] - Ferrari V12 1m 48.8s
9 Philippe Étancelin (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C-DA [110 054] - Talbot 6 1m 49.2s
10 Robert Manzon (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] - Simca-Gordini T15C s/c 4 1m 49.2s
11 Yves Giraud-Cabantous (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 009] - Talbot 6 1m 49.7s
12 Maurice Trintignant (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] - Simca-Gordini T15C s/c 4 1m 50.6s
13 Henri Louveau (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 001] - Talbot 6 1m 50.8s
14 Harry Schell (4.5 F1) 1.5-litre Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] - Maserati s/c 4 1m 50.9s
15 Eugène Martin * (F2) 2-litre Ferrari 166C [166C-08C] - Ferrari V12 No time
15 Georges Grignard (4.5 F1) 4.5-litre Talbot T26C [110 005] - Talbot 6 1m 53.6s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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'.
  3. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1609] (Giuseppe Farina): Maserati records show this car going to Nino Farina on 14 Nov 1949. Driven by Farina in 1950 Argentine Temporada, at Albi 1950 and in 1951 non-championship F1 races. From Farina to the Schlumpf brothers and now in the Musée National de l'Automobile de Mulhouse. The car apparently wears the chassis plate 1602 (another Farina-owned 4CLT).
  4. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. Ferrari 212 [0102] (Dorino Serafini): Dorino Serafini raced at Syracusa and Pau in March 1951 in a factory-entered experimental tipo 212 Ferrari which is said to have carried the customer chassis number '0102'. Ferrari historian Michael Muller believes that this 212 was the 'EX' car from 1950, as raced by Villoresi at Bremgarten in June (as a 125) and Geneva in July (as a 275). Serafini's car shared the same wheelbase and De Dion rear suspension as 'EX'. After these two appearances, Michael is confident that the 212 became the third works 166 F2 car: the 'GP3-50' that first appeared at Parc Borely for the Grand Prix de Marseille F2 race on 8 Apr 1951.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Talbot T26C [110 005] (Georges Grignard): 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.
  11. Simca-Gordini T15 [0014-GC] (Robert Manzon): 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.
  12. Simca-Gordini T15 [0011-GC] (André Simon): 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.
  13. Simca-Gordini T15 [0012-GC] (Maurice Trintignant): 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.
  14. Maserati 4CLT-48 [1607] (Harry Schell): 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 [1601] (Nello Pagani): 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.
  16. 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.

Formula 1 events 1948-1953

The results published here were compiled by David McKinney and Adam Ferrington from a range of sources including Autocourse, Motor Sport and Autosport, as well as the F1 Register's A Record of Grand Prix and Voiturette Racing Volume 5 covering 1950 and 1951. Individual car identities were then meticulously checked against their enormous libraries of books and photographs, notably Talbot-Lago de Course by Pierre Abeillon, Les Gordini by Robert Jarraud, Gordini – Un Sorcier, Une Equipe by Christian Huet and The History of English Racing Automobiles by David Weguelin.

David has also contributed extensively from his notes on car identities compiled over 40 years of research, Michael Müller has contributed immaculately researched histories of all the 1948-1950 Ferrari 125s, and Doug Nye, both through his books and his personal assistance on HWM, has also been of great help.

Please note that since David's sad death in 2014, Adam and Allen have agreed that these pages will remain unaltered from now on, as a lasting testimony to David's expertise.