Italian GP 1954


Italian GP, 1954

There was still no sign of the new Lancia team when the World Championship teams gathered at Monza in early September and so it was once again a three-way battle between Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Ferrari. Alberto Ascari had been loaned to Ferrari for the occasion while his friend Gigi Villoresi was driving for Maserati. Fangio was fastest in practice with Ascari second and Stirling Moss third in his Maserati. The second row followed a similar pattern with Karl Kling ahead of Froilan Gonzalez (Ferrari) and Villoresi while Mike Hawthorn's Ferrari was on row three with Hans Herrmann's Mercedes and the Maserati of Sergio Mantovani.

At the start Kling made the best start and took the lead ahead of Fangio, Ascari and Gonzalez. Kling stayed ahead until he made a mistake on the fourth lap and dropped to fifth. Ascari then took the lead from Fangio. Moss battled for third for a long time with Gonzalez before the Argentine driver retired with gearbox trouble. he took over Umberto Maglioli's car and began to charge up through the field.

Villoresi also started to make progress and overtook Moss, Fangio and about to challenge for the lead when his clutch failed. Moss took up the challenge for Maserati and took the lead on lap 45 but Ascari fought back only to have his engine blow up shortly after he was back in the lead. Moss continued to lead but eventually had to pit for more oil and so Fangio moved ahead. Moss rejoined by the Maserati engine blew and so Hawthorn ended up second with Gonzalez (in Maglioli's car) third.

16 Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 STR. 80 2h47m47.900s  
40 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 625 79  
3= 38 Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 625   13 
3= 38 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari 625 78   
12 Hans Herrmann Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 77  
30 Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 625 75  11 
42 Fred Wacker Gordini T16 75  18 
10 Peter Collins Vanwall SPL. 75  16 
26 Louis Rosier Maserati 250F 74  20 
18 Sergio Mantovani Maserati 250F 74  
10 28 Stirling Moss Maserati 250F 71  
11 Jorge Daponte Maserati A6GCM 70  19 
34 Alberto Ascari Ferrari 625 48 Engine 
22 Luigi Villoresi Maserati 250F 42 Clutch 
14 Karl Kling Mercedes-Benz-Mercedes W196 STR. 36 Accident 
24 Roberto Mieres Maserati 250F 34 Suspension 10 
20 Luigi Musso Maserati 250F 33 Transmission 14 
Robert Manzon Ferrari 625 16 Engine 15 
32 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari 553 16 Gearbox 
46 Clemar Bucci Gordini T16 13 Transmission 17 
44 Jean Behra Gordini T16 Engine 12 
ns Giovanni de Riu Maserati A6GCM   21