German GP 1956

German GP, 1956

The season-long battle between Lancia-Ferrari and Maserati continued at the German GP with no Vanwalls nor BRMs to disrupt the fight as they had at Silverstone. Gordini was there but the fastest (driven by Robert Manzon) was two a lap slower than Juan-Manuel Fangio's Lancia-Ferrari. Alongside him on the front row were his team mates Peter Collins and Eugenio Castelotti and Maserati's Stirling Moss. The second row featured Luigi Musso's Lancia-Ferrari and Umberto Maglioli in the second Maserati.

At the start Collins went into the lead but by the end of the first lap Fangio was ahead with Collins second and Moss giving chase. But while Lancia-Ferrari seemed to be in total control Collins was in trouble with fumes leaking into his cockpit and he retired when it was discovered that a fuel line was split. This left Fangio out by himself, setting new lap records while Moss did what he could to keep up. Collins recovered from his dizziness and took over De Portago's car and set off in pursuit of third-placed Behra. The Frenchman was forced to stop when a strap broke on his car so Collins was back in third until he spun off, having made a rare mistake.

Fangio finished 45 seconds ahead of Moss who was seven minutes ahead of Behra.

Juan-Manuel Fangio Lancia Ferrari D50 22 3h38m43.700s  
Stirling Moss Maserati 250F 22 3h39m30.100s  
Jean Behra Maserati 250F 22 3h46m22.000s  
20 Francisco Godia-Sales Maserati 250F 20  16 
dq 21 Bruce Halford Maserati 250F 20 Push Start After Spin 11 
15 Louis Rosier Maserati 250F 19  14 
nc 22 Ottorino Volonterio Maserati A6GCM 16  19 
11 Andre Milhoux Gordini T32 15 Misfire 21 
r= Alfonso de Portago Lancia Ferrari D50   10 
r= Peter Collins Lancia Ferrari D50 14 Accident  
18 Luigi Villoresi Maserati 250F 13 Engine 20 
12 Harry Schell Maserati 250F 13 Overheating 12 
r= Luigi Musso Lancia Ferrari D50   
r= Eugenio Castellotti Lancia Ferrari D50 11 Accident  
Peter Collins Lancia Ferrari D50 Fuel Line 
Eugenio Castellotti Lancia Ferrari D50 Magneto 
Umberto Maglioli Maserati 250F Steering 
19 Horace Gould Maserati 250F Engine 13 
16 Roy Salvadori Maserati 250F Suspension 
10 Robert Manzon Gordini T32 Suspension 15 
14 Giorgio Scarlatti Ferrari 500 Engine 17 
ns Cesare Perdisa Maserati 250F  Accident/ Injury 
ns 11 Andre Pilette Gordini T32  Accident/ Injury 18 
ns 18 Luigi Piotti Maserati 250F  Car Raced By Villoresi 22