1952 British Grand Prix

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1952 British Grand Prix
Silverstone 1952.jpg
Silverstone Circuit in 1952–1973 configuration
Race details
Date19 July 1952
Official name 5th RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.7105 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 85 laps, 400.307 km (248.739 mi)
Weather Overcast, Dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:50.0
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 1:52.0
Podium
First
  • Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari
Ferrari
SecondFerrari
Third Cooper-Bristol

The 1952 British Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 19 July 1952 at Silverstone Circuit. It was race 5 of 8 in the 1952 World Championship of Drivers, in which each Grand Prix was run to Formula Two rules rather than the Formula One regulations normally used.

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Photo from Grandstand Silverstone 1952 5.jpg
Photo from Grandstand

New pit facilities had been built on the straight between Woodcote and Copse corners; the original pits were located between Abbey and Woodcote.

Report

Jean Behra was unable to take part in the British Grand Prix, having broken his shoulder blade at the non-championship Grand Prix de Sables d'Olonne the previous weekend. Consequently, Maurice Trintignant took over Behra's Gordini T16 for Silverstone, having driven a Simca-Gordini T15 at Rouen-Les-Essarts. The Gordini team also fielded regular drivers Robert Manzon and Prince Bira. As in the previous race, Belgian driver Johnny Claes entered a privateer Simca-Gordini under the 'Ecurie Belge' moniker. Ferrari stuck with the same three drivers — Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina and Piero Taruffi — who had monopolised the podium positions at the French Grand Prix. There were also a number of privateer Ferrari entrants: Fischer and Hirt for Ecurie Espadon, Peter Whitehead and Roy Salvadori. HWM continued their policy of partnering regulars Peter Collins and Lance Macklin with a local driver, in this case Duncan Hamilton. The Connaught team ran a quartet of Lea Francis-engined entries — McAlpine, Downing, Thompson and Poore — while the remainder of the grid was made up of a series of privateers of various constructors, including Coopers and Maseratis.

The three works Ferraris, led on this occasion by Farina, again qualified in the top three positions on the grid, this time being joined on the four-car front row by Manzon. The second row consisted of Downing alongside Reg Parnell and Mike Hawthorn in a pair of Cooper-Bristols. The Connaughts of Poore and Thompson shared row three with Bira's Gordini and Hamilton in his HWM.

Ascari took the lead at the start of the race and held onto it for the whole 85 laps, taking his third consecutive victory in the World Championship. Polesitter Nino Farina was in second place for the first 26 laps but he dropped down the field when he needed to pit to change spark plugs, eventually finishing in sixth, just outside the points. Despite making a bad start that saw him drop to ninth by the end of the first lap, fellow Ferrari driver Taruffi recovered to take second place, finishing a lap behind Ascari. Dennis Poore, who had been running in third after Farina's pit stop, needed to make a stop of his own in order to refuel his car. This allowed Hawthorn to inherit third place, which he held for the remainder of the race. He finished a lap behind Taruffi and took his first World Championship podium in just his third race. Poore took fourth, ahead of Connaught teammate Eric Thompson in the fifth and final points position. [1]

Ascari's win, coupled with yet another fastest lap, allowed him to extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship once again. He now enjoyed an eight-point lead over fellow Ferrari driver Taruffi. Farina, having not scored any points, was seven points adrift of Taruffi.

Entries

NoDriverEntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyre
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Whitehead Peter Whitehead Alta Alta F2 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston W.S. Aston Aston Butterworth Aston NB41 Aston Butterworth F4 2.0 F4 D
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenneth McAlpine Connaught Engineering Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Thompson Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis Connaught A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Ecurie Ecosse Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell AHM Bryde Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hawthorn Leslie D. Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Brandon Ecurie Richmond Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss English Racing Automobiles Ltd. ERA-Bristol ERA G Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Salvadori 1 G. Caprara Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 D
15 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
16 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
17 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
18 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier 2 Ecurie Rosier Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 D
19 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
20 Flag of Switzerland.svg Peter Hirt Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 P
21 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 D
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Wharton 2 Scuderia Franera Frazer Nash-Bristol Frazer Nash FN48 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
23 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Crook Tony Crook Frazer Nash-BMW Frazer Nash 421 BMW 328 2.0 L6 D
24 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
25 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
26 Flag of Thailand.svg Prince Bira Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
27 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E
28 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze Tony Gaze HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
29 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
31 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
32 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati-Platé Maserati 4CLT-48 Platé 2.0 L4 P
33 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Harry Schell Maserati-Platé Maserati 4CLT-48 Platé 2.0 L4 P
34 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
35 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
Sources: [2] [3]
^1 — Roy Salvadori qualified and drove the entire race in the #14 Ferrari. Bobbie Baird, named substitute driver for the car, was not used during the Grand Prix. [4]
^2 — Louis Rosier and Ken Wharton both withdrew from the event prior to practice. [5]

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
116 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari 1:50
215 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:50+ 0
317 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 1:53+ 3
424 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Gordini 1:55+ 5
54 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis 1:56+ 6
68 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell Cooper-Bristol 1:56+ 6
79 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 1:56+ 6
86 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis 1:56+ 6
95 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Thompson Connaught-Lea Francis 1:57+ 7
1026 Flag of Thailand.svg Prince Bira Gordini 1:57+ 7
1130 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 1:57+ 7
121 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Whitehead Alta 1:58+ 8
1311 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 1:58+ 8
1429 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HWM-Alta 1:58+ 8
1519 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari 1:58+ 8
1612 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss ERA-Bristol 1:59+ 9
173 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea Francis 2:00+ 10
1810 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol 2:00+ 10
1914 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Salvadori Ferrari 2:00+ 10
2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:00+ 10
2125 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini 2:00+ 10
227 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Cooper-Bristol 2:02+ 12
2327 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Simca-Gordini-Gordini 2:02+ 12
2420 Flag of Switzerland.svg Peter Hirt Ferrari 2:03+ 13
2523 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Crook Frazer Nash-BMW 2:03+ 13
2628 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 2:05+ 15
2735 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati 2:06+ 16
2834 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Maserati 2:07+ 17
2931 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 2:08+ 18
302 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 3:28+ 1:38
3132 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Maserati-Platé No time
3233 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Harry Schell Maserati-Platé No time

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
115 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 852:46:1129 1
217 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 84+1 lap36
39 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol 83+2 laps74
46 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Poore Connaught-Lea Francis 83+2 laps83
55 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Thompson Connaught-Lea Francis 82+3 laps92
616 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari 82+3 laps1
78 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell Cooper-Bristol 82+3 laps6
814 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Salvadori Ferrari 82+3 laps19
94 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis 82+3 laps5
1021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Whitehead Ferrari 81+4 laps20
1126 Flag of Thailand.svg Prince Bira Gordini 81+4 laps10
121 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Whitehead Alta 80+5 laps12
1319 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari 80+5 laps15
1427 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Simca-Gordini-Gordini 79+6 laps23
1531 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 79+6 laps29
163 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea Francis 79+6 laps17
1733 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Harry Schell Maserati-Platé 78+7 laps32
1834 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Maserati 77+8 laps28
1932 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Maserati-Platé 76+9 laps31
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Brandon Cooper-Bristol 76+9 laps18
2123 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Crook Frazer Nash-BMW 75+10 laps25
2211 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 69+16 laps13
Ret29 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HWM-Alta 73Ignition14
Ret30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 44Engine11
Ret12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss ERA-Bristol 36Engine16
Ret25 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini 21Gearbox21
Ret28 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 19Engine26
Ret7 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Cooper-Bristol 14Engine22
Ret24 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Gordini 9Clutch4
Ret20 Flag of Switzerland.svg Peter Hirt Ferrari 3Brakes24
Ret35 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati 0Brakes27
DNS2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 0Non Starter
Source: [6]
Notes

Notes

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari 27
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi 19
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina 12
1rightarrow blue.svg 4 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Troy Ruttman 8
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon 7
Source: [7]

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