1952 German Grand Prix

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Circuit Nurburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date 3 August 1952 (1952-08-03)
Official name XV Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 18 laps, 410.580 km (255.123 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 10:04.4
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Time 10:05.1 on lap 5
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

The 1952 German Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 3 August 1952 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It was race 6 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. The 18-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. His teammates Giuseppe Farina and Rudi Fischer finished in second and third places.

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The Maserati factory team finally appeared with their new car, the A6GCM, which was driven by Felice Bonetto. Also racing A6GCMs were the Escuderia Bandeirantes drivers Bianco and Cantoni. Ferrari once again entered the successful trio of Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina and Piero Taruffi, while there were privateer Ferrari entries for Rudi Fischer and Rudolf Schoeller of Ecurie Espadon, Roger Laurent of Ecurie Francorchamps, and Piero Carini of Scuderia Marzotto. Jean Behra returned to action for the Gordini team, having recovered from his shoulder injury. He replaced Prince Bira, and was partnered by teammates Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignant. HWM entered three cars, with regular Peter Collins joined by the Belgian pairing of Paul Frère and Johnny Claes, while Australian Tony Gaze drove a privateer HWM. Bill Aston drove an Aston Butterworth, and the field was completed by a plethora of privateer German cars (Veritas, AFM and BMW).

Ferrari were once again fastest in qualifying, with Ascari and Farina being joined on the front row of the grid by the Gordinis of Trintignant and Manzon. The remaining works Ferrari driver, Taruffi, started from the second row, alongside the Ecurie Espadon-entered Ferrari of Fischer and Paul Pietsch in a Veritas. Bonetto's works Maserati made the third row, along with the Gordini of Jean Behra, and a pair of local entrants: Hans Klenk's Veritas, and Willi Heeks in an AFM.

The race turned out to be rather a processional event, with Ascari leading Farina all the way in the first 16 laps. Two laps from home, he had to dive into the pits for oil, emerging 10 seconds behind Farina-which he rattled off on the next lap, catching Farina just a mile from home to win by several seconds after an otherwise dull race. Piero Taruffi had been running in third behind his teammates, but he lost the position to Rudi Fischer towards the end of the race when he encountered problems due to his suspension breaking. Fischer's podium and Taruffi's fourth place-finish ensured that it was a Ferrari 1-2-3-4. Manzon, who had been running in fourth for much of the first half of the race, between Taruffi and Fischer, was forced to retire when a wheel fell off his car. This meant that his teammate Behra was left to take the final points in fifth position in his Gordini, ahead of Roger Laurent's Ferrari. Felice Bonetto, of the factory Maserati team, was disqualified for receiving a push start after his first lap spin.

Ascari, who had taken his fourth consecutive victory, along with a fourth consecutive fastest lap, had now scored the maximum of 36 points for the season, as only a driver's four best results counted. As a result, he clinched the world championship, making him the first driver to win the championship with two races left to go. [1] The date was 3 August, the earliest anyone would claim the Championship until Jim Clark seized the crown on 1 August in 1965, also at the Nürburgring. Ascari's teammates, Taruffi and Farina, remained in second and third, respectively, in the Drivers' Championship, while Swiss driver Fischer's second podium of the season raised him up to fourth in the standings.

Entries

NoDriverEntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyre
101 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
102 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
103 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
104 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Carini Scuderia Marzotto Ferrari Ferrari 166F2-50 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 P
105 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
107 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
108 Flag of France.svg Jean Behra Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
109 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
110 Flag of France.svg Marcel Balsa Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW Balsa Spécial BMW 328 2.0 L6 E
111 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HW Motors HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
112 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Paul Frère HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
113 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
114 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston W.S. Aston Aston Butterworth Aston NB41 Aston Butterworth F4 2.0 F4 D
115 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
116 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6G 2.0 L6 P
117 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
118 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 166 2.0 V12 P
119 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Roger Laurent Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Type 500 2.0 L4 P
120 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze Tony Gaze HWM-Alta HWM 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D
121 Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Riess Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
122 Flag of Germany.svg Theo Helfrich Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
123 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Heeks Willi Heeks AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M8) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
124 Flag of Germany.svg Helmut Niedermayr Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M6) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
125 Flag of Germany.svg Toni Ulmen Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW Veritas Meteor BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
126 Flag of Germany.svg Adolf Brudes Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
127 Flag of Germany.svg Paul Pietsch Motor Presse Verlag Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ?
128 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Klenk Hans Klenk Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ?
129 Flag of Germany.svg Josef Peters Josef Peters Veritas-BMW Veritas RS BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
130 Flag of Germany.svg Günther Bechem Bernd Nacke Nacke-BMW Nacke Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
131 Flag of Germany.svg Ludwig Fischer Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW AFM 49 BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
133 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Krakau Willi Krakau AFM-BMW AFM 50 (M3) BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
134 Flag of Germany.svg Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW Krakau Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
135 Flag of Germany.svg Ernst Klodwig Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW Heck Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
136 Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Krause Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW Reif Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6 ?
Sources: [2] [3] [4]

Classification

Qualifying

Only the lap times from the 7 best placed drivers are known.

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
1101 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 10:04.4
2102 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari 10:07.3+ 2.9
3109 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini 10:19.1+ 14.7
4107 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Gordini 10:25.3+ 20.9
5103 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 10:26.3+ 21.9
6117 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari 10:41.9+ 37.5
7127 Flag of Germany.svg Paul Pietsch Veritas 10:56.3+ 51.9
8128 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Klenk Veritas
9123 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Heeks AFM-BMW
10105 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Maserati
11108 Flag of France.svg Jean Behra Gordini
12121 Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW
13112 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Paul Frère HWM-Alta
14120 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze HWM-Alta
15125 Flag of Germany.svg Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW
16115 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Maserati
17119 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Roger Laurent Ferrari
18122 Flag of Germany.svg Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW
19126 Flag of Germany.svg Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW
20129 Flag of Germany.svg Josef Peters Veritas-BMW
21114 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston Aston Butterworth
22124 Flag of Germany.svg Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW
23136 Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW
24118 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari
25110 Flag of France.svg Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW
26116 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati
27104 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Carini Ferrari
28133 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Krakau AFM-BMW
29135 Flag of Germany.svg Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW
30130 Flag of Germany.svg Günther Bechem Nacke-BMW
31131 Flag of Germany.svg Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW
32113 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes HWM-Alta
33111 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HWM-Alta
34134 Flag of Germany.svg Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
1101 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari Ferrari 183:06:13.319 1
2102 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina Ferrari 18+14.126
3117 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer Ferrari 18+7:10.164
4103 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi Ferrari 17+1 lap53
5108 Flag of France.svg Jean Behra Gordini 17+1 lap112
6119 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Roger Laurent Ferrari 16+2 laps17
7121 Flag of Germany.svg Fritz Riess Veritas-BMW 16+2 laps12
8125 Flag of Germany.svg Toni Ulmen Veritas-BMW 16+2 laps15
9124 Flag of Germany.svg Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW 15+3 laps22
10113 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes HWM-Alta 15+3 laps32
11128 Flag of Germany.svg Hans Klenk Veritas 14+4 laps8
12135 Flag of Germany.svg Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW 14+4 laps29
Ret107 Flag of France.svg Robert Manzon Gordini 8Accident4
Ret123 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Heeks AFM-BMW 7Engine9
Ret120 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 6Gearbox14
Ret126 Flag of Germany.svg Adolf Brudes Veritas-BMW 5Engine19
Ret110 Flag of France.svg Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW 5Engine25
Ret130 Flag of Germany.svg Günther Bechem Nacke-BMW 5Ignition30
Ret116 Flag of Uruguay.svg Eitel Cantoni Maserati 4Axle26
Ret136 Flag of Germany.svg Rudolf Krause Reif-BMW 3Engine23
Ret118 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudolf Schoeller Ferrari 3Suspension24
Ret114 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Aston Aston Butterworth 2Oil pressure21
Ret109 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1Accident3
Ret127 Flag of Germany.svg Paul Pietsch Veritas 1Gearbox7
DSQ105 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Maserati 1Disqualified10
Ret112 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Paul Frère HWM-Alta 1Gearbox13
Ret122 Flag of Germany.svg Theo Helfrich Veritas-BMW 1Engine18
Ret129 Flag of Germany.svg Josef Peters Veritas-BMW 1Engine20
Ret104 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Carini Ferrari 1Brakes27
Ret115 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Gino Bianco Maserati 0Engine16
DNS133 Flag of Germany.svg Willi Krakau AFM-BMW 0Non starter
DNS131 Flag of Germany.svg Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW 0Non starter
DNS134 Flag of Germany.svg Harry Merkel Krakau-BMW 0Non starter
DNS111 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins HWM-Alta 0Engine
Source: [5]
Notes

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Ascari 36
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Flag of Italy.svg Piero Taruffi 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Farina 18
1uparrow green.svg 34 Flag of Switzerland.svg Rudi Fischer 10
1downarrow red.svg 15 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Troy Ruttman 8
Source: [6]

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