Belgian GP 1955

Belgian GP, 1955

When the Grand Prix teams gathered at Spa the Lancia team was missing. Alberto Ascari had been killed on May 26 while testing a Ferrari sportscar at Monza but in addition the Lancia company had run into financial trouble and had been sold. The new owner was not interested in Grand Prix racing. Eugenio Castelotti managed to persuade the company to let him race a D50 in Belgium and he impressed everyone by setting the fastest time in qualifying ahead of Juan-Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in the their Mercedes-Benz W196s. Behind them Giuseppe Farina's Ferrari shared the second row with Jean Behra's Maserati 250F.

In the race Fangio took the lead at the start and Moss was up to second soon afterwards and the pair drove away from the remainder of the field, while Karl Kling (in the third Mercedes) battled for fourth position with Farina, Behra and Belgian racer Paul Frere in a Ferrari. Behra soon crashed heavily but was unhurt and later took over Roberto Mieres's car. At half distance Castellotti disappeared with gearbox failure and so Farina moved up to third place. The race order remained the same all the way to the finish.

10 Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 36 2h39m29.000s  
14 Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 36 2h39m37.100s  
Giuseppe Farina Ferrari 555 36 2h41m09.500s  
Paul Frere Ferrari 555 36 2h42m54.500s  
5= 24 Roberto Mieres Maserati 250F   13 
5= 24 Jean Behra Maserati 250F 35   
Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 555 35  10 
22 Luigi Musso Maserati 250F 34  
26 Cesare Perdisa Maserati 250F 33  11 
28 Louis Rosier Maserati 250F 33  12 
12 Karl Kling Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 21 Mechanical 
30 Eugenio Castellotti Lancia D50 16 Gearbox 
40 Mike Hawthorn Vanwall VW (55) Gearbox 
20 Jean Behra Maserati 250F Accident 
ns 38 Johnny Claes Maserati 250F  Engine 14