German GP 1951

German GP, 1951

The World Championship visited Germany for the first time and after the thrilling race at Silverstone two weeks previously much was expected. Alfa Romeo fielded four 159s for Juan-Manuel Fangio, Giuseppe Farina, Felice Bonetto and local hero Paul Pietsch, while Ferrari ran Alberto Ascari, Gigi Villoresi and Piero Taruffi alongside British GP winner Froilan Gonzalez.

In practice Ascari and Gonzalez were fastest with Fangio and Farina sharing the front row while Villoresi, Taruffi and Pietsch were on row two. Farina took the lead at the start but, in the course of the first lap, was passed by Fangio, Ascari and Gonzalez. Pietsch ran fifth, although he went off on lap two and dropped to the back of the field.

The Alfa Romeos soon ran into overheating problems and Farina retired, leaving Fangio to battle alone with the Ferraris. While the Alfas needed two stops, the Ferraris were able to go through with just one. Fangio lost the lead when he pitted but regained it when Ascari stopped. He then tried to create a gap big enough to stay ahead at his second stop but he was unable to do so and Ascari went ahead again.

In the closing laps Ascari came into the pits unexpectedly for a tire change but Fangio's engine was misbehaving and the Ferrari emerged still in the lead.

It was a second win for Ferrari and with Gonzalez third, Villoresi fourth, Taruffi fifth and Rudolf Fischer sixth in a two-liter Ferrari, it was a 1-3-4-5-6 result for Enzo Ferrari's team.

71 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 375 20 3h23m03.300s  
75 Juan-Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 159 20 3h23m33.800s  
74 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari 375 20 3h27m42.300s  
72 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 20 3h28m53.500s  
73 Piero Taruffi Ferrari 375 20 3h30m52.400s  
91 Rudolf Fischer Ferrari 212 19  
82 Robert Manzon Simca Gordini-Gordini T15 19  
84 Louis Rosier Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA 19  15 
90 Pierre Levegh Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 18  19 
10 93 Jacques Swaters Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 18  22 
87 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 17 Accident 11 
11 94 Johnny Claes Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA 17  18 
81 Maurice Trintignant Simca Gordini-Gordini T15 13 Engine 14 
77 Felice Bonetto Alfa Romeo 159 12 Magneto 10 
88 Duncan Hamilton Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C 12 Engine 20 
83 Andre Simon Simca Gordini-Gordini T15 11 Engine 12 
78 Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo 159 11 Accident 
76 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 159 Overheating 
86 Philippe Etancelin Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA Gearbox 21 
92 Antonio Branca Maserati 4CLT/48 Engine 17 
85 Louis Chiron Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C Engine 13 
79 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT/48 Engine 16 
ns 89 David Murray Maserati 4CLT/48  Accident 23