Argentine GP 1953
JANUARY 18, 1953
Argentine GP, 1953
The World Championship - still being run to Formula 2 regulations - started early in 1953 with the major teams gathering in Argentina in January. Maserati had shown signs at the end of 1952 that it was going to have a competitive package in 1953 and there were four of the A6GCM chassis for Juan-Manuel Fangio (back in action after being out for most of 1952), Froilan Gonzalez, Felice Bonetto and local hero Oscar Galvez.
Ferrari had Alberto Ascari, Giuseppe Farina and Gigi Villoresi with a fourth car for its new signing Mike Hawthorn. Gordini had its usual trio of Jean Behra, Maurice Trintignant and Robert Manzon and a fourth car for Carlos Menditeguy while the Cooper Car Company made an official entry with cars for Alan Brown, John Barber and Adolfo Cruz.
Ascari, the reigning World Champion, was fastest in qualifying but Fangio was alongside him with the front row being completed by the Ferraris of Villoresi and Farina. Gonzalez, Hawthorn and Trintignant shared the second row with the third comprising of Manzon, Galvez, Menditeguy and Behra.
President Juan Peron turned up for the race and, having decreed that there would be free access to the circuit, discovered that there were far too many people to be controlled. They were lining the race track when the Grand Prix began. It was a recipe for disaster and as Ascari drove away to victory being chased by Fangio, third-placed Farina had to swerve to avoid a spectator who had wandered onto the circuit. He lost control and crashed into the crowd. At least one spectator (and probably more) was killed. Manzon was lucky not to hurt anyone else when his car lost a wheel at two-thirds distance. Hawthorn moved up to third but a counterattack by Gonzalez put him back up to third. Galvez was fifth and Behra sixth.
|1||10||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari 500||97||3h01m04.600s||1|
|2||14||Luigi Villoresi||Ferrari 500||96||3|
|3||4||Froilan Gonzalez||Maserati A6GCM||96||5|
|4||16||Mike Hawthorn||Ferrari 500||96||6|
|5||8||Oscar Galvez||Maserati A6GCM||96||9|
|6||30||Jean Behra||Gordini T16||94||11|
|7=||28||Maurice Trintignant||Gordini T16||7|
|7=||28||Harry Schell||Gordini T16||91|
|8||22||John Barber||Cooper-Bristol T23||90||16|
|9||20||Alan Brown||Cooper-Bristol T20||87||12|
|r||26||Robert Manzon||Gordini T16||67||Wheel Lost||8|
|r||2||Juan-Manuel Fangio||Maserati A6GCM||36||Mechanical||2|
|r||6||Felice Bonetto||Maserati A6GCM||31||Transmission||15|
|r||12||Giuseppe Farina||Ferrari 500||30||Accident (spectator Killed)||4|
|r||32||Carlos Menditeguy||Gordini T16||24||Gearbox||10|
|r||34||Pablo Birger||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||21||Transmission||14|
|r||24||Adolfo Schwelm-Cruz||Cooper-Bristol T20||20||Wheel Lost||13|