Italian GP 1951
SEPTEMBER 16, 1951
Italian GP, 1951
After two consecutive Ferrari wins in World Championship events, Juan-Manuel Fangio hit back with a non-Championship win at Bari for Alfa Romeo. The stage was thus set for a fascinating battle at Monza between the Alfa Romeo and Ferrari teams.
Alfa arrived with four cars for Fangio, Giuseppe Farina, Felice Bonetto and Baron Emanuel de Graffenried while Ferrari fielded five cars for Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi, Froilan Gonzalez, Piero Taruffi and Chico Landi. In addition to the usual Talbot Lagos there were factory teams from BRM, OSCA and Simca-Gordini.
The grid saw Fangio and Farina sharing the front row with Ascari and Gonzalez while Villoresi, Taruffi, Bonetto took the second. Reg Parnell should also have been in the second row but his BRM was withdrawn because of lubrication problems.
At the start Fangio took the lead but after a few laps had to give way to Ascari. He fought back and took the lead again before coming into the pits for fresh tires. Farina and de Graffenried were early retirements although Farina was later able to take over Bonetto's car. This left Gonzalez in second place.
Fangio tried to catch the Ferraris but his car started to misfire and it was left to Farina - in Bonetto's car - to charge up to third, passing Villoresi. He was very quick but his fuel tank was leaking and so he had to make two more stops and ended up third.
The result meant that the World Championship remained open with the finale scheduled to take place in Spain at the end of October.
|1||2||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari 375||80||2h42m39.300s||3|
|2||6||Froilan Gonzalez||Ferrari 375||80||2h43m23.900s||4|
|3=||40||Felice Bonetto||Alfa Romeo 159||7|
|3=||40||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo 159||79|
|4||4||Luigi Villoresi||Ferrari 375||79||5|
|5||8||Piero Taruffi||Ferrari 375||78||6|
|6||48||Andre Simon||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||74||11|
|7||18||Louis Rosier||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA||73||15|
|8||24||Yves Giraud-Cabantous||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||72||14|
|9||44||Franco Rol||OSCA 4500G||67||18|
|r||38||Juan-Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo 159||39||Engine||1|
|r||46||Robert Manzon||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||29||Engine||13|
|r||50||Maurice Trintignant||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||29||Engine||12|
|r||20||Louis Chiron||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||23||Ignition||17|
|r||22||Pierre Levegh||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||9||Engine||20|
|r||28||Jacques Swaters||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||7||Overheating||22|
|r||34||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo 159||6||Mechanical||2|
|r||26||Johnny Claes||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA||4||Mechanical||21|
|r||36||Emmanuel de Graffenried||Alfa Romeo 159||1||Supercharger||9|
|r||16||Peter Whitehead||Ferrari 125||1||Engine||19|
|r||12||Chico Landi||Ferrari 375||1||Transmission||16|
|ns||30||Reg Parnell||BRM P15||Engine/ Gearbox||8|
|ns||32||Ken Richardson||BRM P15||Incorrect Licence||10|
|ns||32||Hans Stuck||BRM P15||Engine/ Gearbox||24|
|ns||14||Rudolf Fischer||Ferrari 212||Accident||25|