British GP 1951

British GP, 1951

Two weeks after the French Grand Prix the teams gathered at Silverstone for another round of the World Championship with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari being joined by the long-awaited BRM team with drivers Reg Parnell and Peter Walker. Giuseppe Farina and Juan-Manuel Fangio were joined in the Alfa team by Consalvo Sanesi and Felice Bonetto

Ferrari gave Froilan Gonzalez another run alongside Gigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari although the Argentine had an older chassis and engine than his teammates. It did not seem to make any difference as he was fastest in practice with Fangio, Farina and Ascari alongside him on the front row. Villoresi, Sanesi and Bonetto shared row two. The BRMs failed to make practice but were allowed to start at the back of the grid.

Bonetto made the best start and was in the lead at the end of the first lap but then Gonzalez took over with Fangio chasing. On lap 10 Fangio took the lead but the Alfa was no longer the dominant force and Gonzalez held on in the Ferrari.

On lap 39 Gonzalez went back into the lead but Fangio attacked again and retook the position. Both men stopped soon afterwards and Ascari - who had retired - allowed Gonzalez to continue. He rejoined in the lead and, despite pressure from Fangio, he was able to stay ahead to win an historic victory - the first non-Alfa Romeo win in the World Championship (Indianapolis exempted). In the end he had pulled out a lead of 50secs. Villoresi - the established Ferrari star - was third two laps behind.

12 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari 375 90 2h42m18.200s  
Juan-Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 90 2h43m09.200s  
10 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 88  
Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 159 87  
Reg Parnell BRM P15 85  20 
Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 159 84  
Peter Walker BRM P15 84  19 
Brian Shawe-Taylor ERA B 84  12 
14 Peter Whitehead Thin Wall Ferrari-Ferrari 375 TW 83  
10 22 Louis Rosier Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA 83  
11 Bob Gerard ERA B/C 82  10 
12 18 Duncan Hamilton Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 81  11 
13 25 Johnny Claes Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA 80  14 
Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 159 75 Clutch 
nc Joe Kelly Alta GP 75  18 
11 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 56 Gearbox 
17 Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maserati 4CL 46 Mechanical 16 
15 David Murray Maserati 4CLT/48 45 Engine 15 
23 Louis Chiron Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 41 Brakes 13 
16 John James Maserati 4CLT/48 23 Radiator 17