1951 Italian Grand Prix

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1951 Italian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date16 September 1951
Official name XXII GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.300 km (3.915 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 504.000 km (313.171 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 1:53.2
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 1:56.5 on lap 64
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo

The 1951 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 16 September 1951 at Monza. It was race 7 of 8 in the 1951 World Championship of Drivers.

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Report

Toulo de Graffenried returned to Alfa Romeo's four-car line up, in place of Paul Pietsch, having raced for Enrico Platé in France and Germany. He raced alongside the regular Alfa drivers, Fangio, Farina and Bonetto. The works Ferrari team retained the same four drivers from the race at the Nürburgring — Ascari, Villoresi, González and Taruffi — while Brazilian Chico Landi made his World Championship debut in a privately run Ferrari. The field was completed by works teams from BRM, Simca-Gordini and OSCA, as well as the usual Talbot-Lago entries.

The front row positions on the grid were shared equally between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, with Fangio, Farina, Ascari and González posting the four fastest qualifying times. The second row consisted of the remaining works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi, alongside Felice Bonetto. Reg Parnell, in a BRM, was also supposed to be on the second row, but was unable to start due to lubrication problems.

Fangio was the initial race leader, having started from pole position, but he soon had to cede the position to Ascari. He retook the lead on lap eight before pitting for a tyre change, which dropped him to fifth. Early retirements for Farina and de Graffenried left José Froilán González in second, behind his teammate Ascari. Fangio attempted to bridge the gap to the Ferraris, but engine problems eliminated his chances. The sole remaining Alfa driver, Nino Farina, who had taken over Bonetto's car on lap 30, inherited third place as a result of Fangio's retirement. He was fast, but fuel leakages meant that he needed to make two further pitstops; he therefore had to settle for third. Alberto Ascari took his second, and Ferrari's third, consecutive Championship race victory, ahead of British Grand Prix winner González. The other works Ferraris of Villoresi and Taruffi completed the points positions in what was another successful race for the Scuderia. [1]

Ascari's victory took him to within two points of Championship leader Fangio, while González was a further four points behind in third.

Entries

NoDriverEntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyre
2 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
4 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
6 Flag of Argentina.svg José Froilán González Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
8 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
10 Flag of Italy.svg Gianni Marzotto 1 Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
12 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Chico Landi Francisco Landi Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari Type 375 4.5 V12 P
14 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 212 2.5 V12 P
16 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12 s P
18 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 Flag of France.svg Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
28 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacques Swaters Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell BRM Ltd. BRM BRM P15 BRM 15 1.5 V16 s D
32 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Richardson 2 BRM BRM P15 BRM 15 1.5 V16 s D
34 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 s P
36 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried 3 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 s P
38 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159M Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 s P
40 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto 4 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159A Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 s P
44 Flag of Italy.svg Franco Rol OSCA Automobili OSCA OSCA 4500G OSCA 4.5 V12 P
46 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4 s E
48 Flag of France.svg André Simon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4 s E
50 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant 5 Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4 s E
Sources: [2] [3]
^1 — Gianni Marzotto withdrew from the event prior to practice [4]
^2 — Ken Richardson qualified the #32 BRM, although he did not start the race. Hans Stuck was also entered in the same car, but he took no part in either qualifying or the race. [4]
^3 — Toulo de Graffenried qualified and drove the race in the #36 Alfa Romeo. Consalvo Sanesi was also entered in the car, but injury prevented his participation in the Grand Prix. [4]
^4 — Felice Bonetto qualified and drove 29 laps of the race in the #40 Alfa Romeo. Nino Farina, whose own vehicle had already retired, took over the car for a further 50 laps. [5]
^5 — Maurice Trintignant qualified the #50 Simca-Gordini but was secretly replaced for the race by Jean Behra. [6] [7]

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
138 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:53.2
234 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 1:53.9+ 0.7
32 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:55.1+ 1.9
46 Flag of Argentina.svg José Froilán González Ferrari 1:55.9+ 2.7
54 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:57.9+ 4.7
68 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 1:58.2+ 5.0
740 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 1:58.3+ 5.1
830 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell BRM 2:02.2+ 9.0
936 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 2:05.2+ 12.0
1032 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Richardson BRM 2:05.6+ 12.4
1148 Flag of France.svg André Simon Simca-Gordini 2:08.0+ 14.8
1250 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:08.9+ 15.7
1346 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:09.0+ 15.8
1424 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:09.3+ 16.1
1518 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:10.8+ 17.6
1612 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Chico Landi Ferrari 2:11.2+ 18.0
1720 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:12.1+ 18.9
1844 Flag of Italy.svg Franco Rol OSCA 2:13.4+ 20.2
1916 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:16.2+ 23.0
2022 Flag of France.svg Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:16.5+ 23.3
2126 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:18.6+ 25.4
2228 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:18.8+ 25.6
2314 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari No time
2432 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Stuck BRM No time
Source: [8]

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/retiredGridPoints
12 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 802:42:39.338
26 Flag of Argentina.svg José Froilán González Ferrari 80+24.6 [9] 46
340 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto
Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina
Alfa Romeo 79+1 lap72
3 6
44 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 79+1 lap53
58 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 78+2 laps62
648 Flag of France.svg André Simon Simca-Gordini 74+6 laps11
718 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 73+7 laps15
824 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 72+8 laps14
944 Flag of Italy.svg Franco Rol OSCA 67+13 laps18
Ret38 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 39Engine1
Ret50 Flag of France.svg Jean Behra 7 Simca-Gordini 29Engine12
Ret46 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 29Engine13
Ret20 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 23Ignition17
Ret22 Flag of France.svg Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 9Engine20
Ret28 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacques Swaters Talbot-Lago-Talbot 7Overheating22
Ret34 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 6Engine2
Ret26 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4Oil pump21
Ret36 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Alfa Romeo 1Compressor9
Ret16 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Ferrari 1Magneto19
Ret12 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Chico Landi Ferrari 0Transmission16
DNS30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell BRM 0Non Starter8
DNS32 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Richardson BRM 0Non Starter10
DNS14 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari 0Non Starter
DNS32 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Stuck BRM 0Reserve Driver
DNS50 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant 7 Simca-Gordini 0Driver Unwell
Source: [10]
Notes

Notes

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio 27 (28)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari 25
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Flag of Argentina.svg José Froilán González 21
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina 17 (18)
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi 15 (18)
Source: [12]

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