Fritz Riess

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Fritz Riess
Born(1922-07-11)11 July 1922
Died 15 May 1991(1991-05-15) (aged 68)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Germany.svg German
Active years 1952
Teams privateer Veritas
Entries 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1952 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1952 German Grand Prix

Fritz Riess or Rieß (11 July 1922 in Nuremberg – 15 May 1991 in Samedan, Switzerland [1] ) was a racing driver from Germany. He participated in one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, on 3 August 1952. He finished seventh, scoring no championship points as only the first five finishers scored points at that time.

Nuremberg Place in Bavaria, Germany

Nuremberg is the second-largest city of the German federal state of Bavaria after its capital Munich, and its 511,628 (2016) inhabitants make it the 14th largest city in Germany. On the Pegnitz River and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, it lies in the Bavarian administrative region of Middle Franconia, and is the largest city and the unofficial capital of Franconia. Nuremberg forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring cities of Fürth, Erlangen and Schwabach with a total population of 787,976 (2016), while the larger Nuremberg Metropolitan Region has approximately 3.5 million inhabitants. The city lies about 170 kilometres (110 mi) north of Munich. It is the largest city in the East Franconian dialect area.

Samedan Place in Graubünden, Switzerland

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Riess also won the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans for Mercedes-Benz, sharing the drive with Hermann Lang.

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Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1952 Fritz Riess Veritas RS Veritas Straight-6 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER

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  1. Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". Retrieved 2007-07-29.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Walker
Peter Whitehead
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1952 with:
Hermann Lang
Succeeded by
Tony Rolt
Duncan Hamilton