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Belgium  1951 Belgian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 8 in the 1951 Formula One season
Spa 1950.jpg
Date June 17, 1951
Official name XIII GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
14.12 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.320 km (315.864 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 4:25.0
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 4:22.1
Podium
First Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari
Third Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari

The 1951 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 17, 1951 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Contents

Race report

Despite there being just 13 starters representing 3 makes of car, the race attracted a record crowd. Fangio had a new suspension with special wheels, which had to be concave to make room for the brake drums. These proved an expensive novelty. At his first pit stop, they jammed and his stop lasted over 14 minutes. Farina's Alfa Romeo dominated, holding off the Ferraris of Ascari and Villoresi. A lightning stop of 39 seconds for wheel change and refuelling preserved his lead until the finish.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 36 2:45:46.2 2 8
2 8 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 36 + 2:51.0 4 6
3 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 36 + 4:21.9 3 4
4 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 7 3
5 22 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 34 + 2 Laps 8 2
6 24 Belgium André Pilette Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 12  
7 16 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 3 Laps 11  
8 26 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 32 + 4 Laps 13  
9 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 32 + 4 Laps 1 1
Ret 18 Monaco Louis Chiron Talbot-Lago-Talbot 28 Engine 9  
Ret 6 Italy Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 11 Radiator 6  
Ret 12 Italy Piero Taruffi Ferrari 8 Transmission 5  
Ret 20 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Transmission 10  

Notes

  • First Grand Prix: André Pilette

Drivers' Championship standings after the race

Pos Driver Points
1 Italy Nino Farina 12
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 10
3 United States Lee Wallard 9
4 Italy Alberto Ascari 6
5 Italy Piero Taruffi 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1951/574/. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

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