Spanish GP 1954

Spanish GP, 1954

The Lancia team made its first appearance at the final race of the season with a pair of the new D50 chassis for Alberto Ascari and Gigi Villoresi. Mercedes-Benz fielded World Champion Juan-Manuel Fangio, Karl Kling and Hans Herrmann as usual while Ferrari was running Mike Hawthorn and Maurice Trintignant. Maserati had cars for Stirling Moss, Luigi Musso, Sergio Mantovani and Roberto Mieres. Peter Collins turned up with a Vanwall but crashed the car badly and so did not take part in the race.

Practice saw Ascari on pole position in the new Lancia with Fangio alongside with Hawthorn and a surprising Harry Schell (Maserati) completing the front row while the second row featured Villoresi, Moss and Musso. At the start Schell took the lead from Hawthorn, Ascari and a fast-starting Maurice Trintignant. this lasted only a couple of laps before Ascari moved ahead but Villoresi went out with a brake problem and within a few laps the leading Lancia was in the pits with clutch trouble.

This put Schell back into the lead but he still had Trintignant and Hawthorn with him. Eventually Schell gave in to the pressure and spun, dropping to fourth behind Fangio. He would retire later with a gearbox problem. Trintignant also ran into trouble and so Hawthorn was left alone in the lead with a big advantage over Fangio, who was having trouble because his car was spraying oil back into the cockpit. This enabled Musso to catch and pass the World Champion but Fangio held on to finish third.

38 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 553 80 3h13m52.100s  
14 Luigi Musso Maserati 250F 80 3h15m05.300s  
Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 79  
10 Roberto Mieres Maserati 250F 79  11 
Karl Kling Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 79  12 
16 Francisco Godia-Sales Maserati 250F 76  13 
26 Louis Rosier Maserati 250F 74  20 
28 Ken Wharton Maserati 250F 74  14 
18 Prince Bira Maserati 250F 68  15 
12 Sergio Mantovani Maserati 250F 58 Brakes/ Accident 10 
r= 22 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati A6GCM   21 
r= 22 Ottorino Volonterio Maserati A6GCM 57 Engine  
Hans Herrmann Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 50 Fuel Injection Pump 
40 Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 625 47 Gearbox 
48 Jacques Pollet Gordini T16 37 Engine 16 
24 Harry Schell Maserati 250F 29 Mechanical 
Stirling Moss Maserati 250F 20 Mechanical 
46 Jean Behra Gordini T16 17 Brakes 18 
30 Jacques Swaters Ferrari 500 16 Engine 19 
34 Alberto Ascari Lancia D50 10 Clutch 
36 Luigi Villoresi Lancia D50 Brakes 
20 Robert Manzon Ferrari 625 Engine 17 
ns 42 Peter Collins Vanwall SPL.  Accident 22