Dutch GP 1955

Dutch GP, 1955

The Grand Prix teams gathered in Holland just a few days after the Le Mans disaster in which around 100 people had been killed but amid the outcry - which included a total ban on motor racing in Switzerland - the Dutch organizers felt that they had to press on as planned.

With the Lancia team having disappeared Mercedes-Benz's opposition came from Ferrari, Maserati and Gordini, although the French marque was not competitive.

Practice resulted in Juan-Manuel Fangio lining up on the front row alongside his Mercedes-Benz team mates Stirling Moss and Karl Kling. On the second row were Luigi Musso in his Maserati and Mike Hawthorn who had quit Vanwall and returned to Ferrari. Ferrari also had Eugenio Castellotti who had previously been with Lancia but he was down in ninth on the grid behind the Maseratis of Jean Behra and Roberto Mieres and Maurice Trintignant's Ferrari.

Fangio took off into the lead at the start but Musso was able to beat Moss and Kling off the line and so ran second briefly before Moss moved ahead. After that most of the interest in the race came from the midfield where Mieres battled his way past Trintignant, Hawthorn, Kling and Behra. Late in the race it began to rain and Musso spun but he was able to rejoin without losing third place.

Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 100 2h54m23.800s  
10 Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 100 2h54m24.100s  
18 Luigi Musso Maserati 250F 100 2h55m20.900s  
16 Roberto Mieres Maserati 250F 99  
Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 555 97  
14 Jean Behra Maserati 250F 97  
Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 555 97  
22 Hernando da Silva Ramos Gordini T16 92  14 
28 Louis Rosier Maserati 250F 92  13 
10 24 Jacques Pollet Gordini T16 90  12 
11 30 Johnny Claes Ferrari 500 88  16 
Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 555 65 Gearbox 
20 Robert Manzon Gordini T16 44 Mechanical 11 
32 Horace Gould Maserati 250F 23 Accident 15 
12 Karl Kling Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 21 Spin 
26 Peter Walker Maserati 250F Mechanical 10