Dutch GP 1952

Dutch GP, 1952

The Dutch were allowed to host their first World Championship event a fortnight after the German Grand Prix and all the major players were present at Zandvoort except the factory Maserati team. The field was small but spiced up by the appearance of Dutchmen Jan Flinterman in a third Escuderia Bandierantes Maserati and Dries van der Lof in the third HWM. The small British teams appeared as usual with Mike Hawthorn's Cooper-Bristol, Ken Wharton in his Scuderia Franera Frazer-Nash, Ken Downing in a Connaught and Stirling Moss in an ERA.

As usual practice was dominated by the Ferraris of newly-crowned World Champion Ascari and Giuseppe Farina but Hawthorn made it onto the front row while Gigi Villoresi was back in action in the third Ferrari after several races out of action. He was on the second row with Maurice Trintignant's Gordini while Jean Behra and Robert Manzon's similar cars sandwiched Wharton's Frazer-Nash on row three.

Ascari took the lead from Hawthorn but soon Farina was ahead of the Cooper, which also dropped behind the third Ferrari within a handful of laps. The race was a procession after that with Ferrari finishing 1-2-3, two laps ahead of Hawthorn. Manzon and Trintignant were fifth and sixth for Gordini but a lap down on the Cooper-Bristol.

Alberto Ascari Ferrari 500 90 2h53m28.500s  
Giuseppe Farina Ferrari 500 90 2h54m08.600s  
Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 500 90 2h55m02.900s  
32 Mike Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol T20 88  
10 Robert Manzon Gordini T16 87  
12 Maurice Trintignant Gordini T16 87  
28 Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta (52) 85  10 
26 Lance Macklin HWM-Alta (52) 84  
9= 16 Chico Landi Maserati A6GCM   16 
9= 16 Jan Flinterman Maserati A6GCM 83   
34 Ken Wharton Frazer Nash-Bristol 421 76 Mechanical 
36 Stirling Moss ERA-Bristol GREIFZU 73 Engine 18 
nc 30 Dries van der Lof HWM-Alta (52) 70  14 
22 Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis A 27 Engine 13 
24 Charles de Tornaco Ferrari 500 19 Engine 17 
14 Paul Frere Simca Gordini-Gordini T15 15 Gearbox 11 
Jean Behra Gordini T16 10 Mechanical 
20 Jan Flinterman Maserati A6GCM Differential 15 
18 Gino Bianco Maserati A6GCM Mechanical 12