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1951 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1951 Formula One season included the 2nd running of the FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on May 27, 1951, and ended on October 28 after eight races. There were also 14 races in 1951 that, while run to Formula One rules, did not count towards championship standings.

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Season summary

Ferrari's newer, unsupercharged 4.5 litre cars offered a real challenge to the Alfas, which were nearing the end of their development potential. Although Alfas won four of the European races, with Fangio taking the championship, Ferrari's three victories spelled the end for the Alfas. BRM made their only championship appearance with the V16 at Silverstone, and the old, slow Talbots were increasingly outclassed.

Points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for fastest lap. Only the best four of eight scores counted towards the world championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Tyres Report
1 Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix May 27 Bremgarten Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
2 United States Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis United States Lee Wallard United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F Report
3 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix June 17 Spa-Francorchamps Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
4 France French Grand Prix July 1 Reims Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio /

Italy Luigi Fagioli

Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 14 Silverstone Argentina José Froilán González Italy Ferrari P Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix July 29 Nürburgring Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 16 Monza Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
8 Spain Spanish Grand Prix October 28 Pedralbes Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report

Teams and Drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1951 FIA Formula One World Championship.

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1951 Driver line-ups

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Belgium Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D Belgium Johnny Claes 1, 3-8
France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Philippe Étancelin 1, 3-6, 8
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1, 3-4, 6-8
France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Louis Rosier 1, 3-8
France Henri Louveau 1
Monaco Louis Chiron 3-8
United Kingdom Hersham & Walton Motors HWM 51 Alta 2.0 L4 D United Kingdom George Abecassis 1
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 1.5 V12 Supercharged D United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 1, 4, 7-8
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 4.5 V12 P Italy Luigi Villoresi 1, 3-8
Italy Alberto Ascari 1, 3-8
Italy Piero Taruffi 1, 3-4, 6-8
Argentina José Froilán González 4-8
Italy Gianni Marzotto 7
Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 Supercharged P Italy Giuseppe Farina 1, 3-8
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1, 3-8
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 1, 7-8
Italy Consalvo Sanesi 1, 3-5, 7
Italy Luigi Fagioli 4
Italy Felice Bonetto 5-8
Germany Paul Pietsch 6
Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged P Monaco Louis Chiron 1
United States Harry Schell 1, 4
Argentina José Froilán González 3
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 4, 6
Switzerland Ecurie Espadon Ferrari 212 Ferrari 2.5 V12 P Switzerland Rudi Fischer 1, 6-7
Switzerland Peter Stæchelin 1
Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6  ? Switzerland Peter Hirt 1
Belgium Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Guy Mairesse 1, 4
Belgium André Pilette 3
Belgium Jacques Swaters 6-7
Argentina José Froilán González Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D Argentina José Froilán González 1
France Francis Rochat Simca-Gordini T11 Gordini 1.5 L4 Supercharged E Switzerland Francis Rochat 1
France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 1.5 L4 Supercharged E France Robert Manzon 1, 4-8
France Maurice Trintignant 1, 4-6, 8
France André Simon 1, 4-8
France Jean Behra 7
11 France Aldo Gordini 4
France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Pierre Levegh 3, 6-7
Thailand Ecurie Siam Maserati 4CLT/48 OSCA 4.5 V12 P Thailand B. Bira 3-4, 6, 8
United Kingdom Vandervell Products Ferrari 375 Thinwall Ferrari 4.5 V12 P United Kingdom Reg Parnell 3-4
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 4
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 5
France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Eugène Chaboud 4
Italy Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT/50 Milano Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged P Argentina Onofre Marimón 4
4CLT/48 Spain Paco Godia 8
Spain Juan Jover 8
Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4 Supercharged D Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly 5
United Kingdom British Racing Motors BRM P15 BRM 1.5 V16 Supercharged D United Kingdom Reg Parnell 5, 7-8
United Kingdom Peter Walker 5
United Kingdom Ken Richardson 7
Germany Hans Stuck 7
United Kingdom FR Gerard ERA B ERA 1.5 L6 Supercharged D United Kingdom Bob Gerard 5
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor ERA B ERA 1.5 L6 Supercharged D United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 5
Italy Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged D United Kingdom David Murray 5-6
United Kingdom John James Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged D United Kingdom John James 5
United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maserati 4CL Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged D United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker 5
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton 5-6
Switzerland Antonio Branca Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged P Switzerland Toni Branca 6, 8
Sweden Erik Lundgren EL Special Ford V8  ? Sweden Erik Lundgren 6
Brazil Scuderia Bandeirantes Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged P Brazil Chico Landi 6, 8
Brazil Chico Landi Ferrari 375 Ferrari 4.5 V12 P Brazil Chico Landi 7
Italy OSCA Automobili OSCA 4500G OSCA 4.5 V12 P Italy Franco Rol 7
France Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 D France Georges Grignard 8
Spain Joaquin Palacio Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged P Spain Joaquin Palacio 8

1951 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver SUI
Switzerland
500
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts.
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1 9 1† / 11† 2 2 Ret 1 31 (37)
2 Italy Alberto Ascari 6 2 2† Ret 1 1 4 25 (28)
3 Argentina José Froilán González Ret 2† 1 3 2 2 24 (27)
4 Italy Nino Farina 3 1 5 Ret Ret 3† / Ret 3 19 (22)
5 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ret 3 3 3 4 4 Ret 15 (18)
6 Italy Piero Taruffi 2 Ret 5 5 Ret 10
7 United States Lee Wallard 1 9
8 Italy Felice Bonetto 4 Ret 3† 5 7
9 United States Mike Nazaruk 2 6
10 United Kingdom Reg Parnell 4 5 DNS 5
11 Italy Luigi Fagioli 1† / 11† 4
12 Italy Consalvo Sanesi 4 Ret 10 6 3
13 France Louis Rosier 9 4 Ret 10 8 7 7 3
14 United States Andy Linden 4 3
15 United States Manny Ayulo 3† 2
16 United States Jack McGrath 3† 2
17 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 2
18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Ret 5 7 Ret 8 Ret 2
19 United States Bobby Ball 5 2
20 Monaco Louis Chiron 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
21 Switzerland Rudi Fischer 11 6 0
22 France André Simon Ret Ret 6 Ret 0
23 United States Henry Banks 6 0
24 Belgium André Pilette 6 0
25 France Robert Manzon Ret 7 Ret 9 0
26 Belgium Johnny Claes 13 7 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 0
27 United States Carl Forberg 7 0
28 United Kingdom Peter Walker 7 0
29 France Pierre Levegh 8 9 Ret 0
30 France Philippe Étancelin 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 0
31 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8 0
32 United States Duane Carter 8 0
33 France Eugène Chaboud 8 0
34 United Kingdom Brian Shawe Taylor 8 0
35 France Guy Mairesse 14 9 0
36 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ret Ret 9 Ret 0
37 Italy Franco Rol 9 0
38 Belgium Jacques Swaters 10 Ret 0
39 Spain Paco Godia 10 0
40 United Kingdom Bob Gerard 11 0
41 United States Harry Schell 12 Ret 0
42 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton 12 Ret 0
France Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
France Henri Louveau Ret 0
United Kingdom George Abecassis Ret 0
Switzerland Peter Hirt Ret 0
United States Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
United States Duke Nalon Ret 0
United States Gene Force Ret 0
United States Sam Hanks Ret 0
United States Bill Schindler Ret 0
United States Mauri Rose Ret 0
United States Walt Faulkner Ret 0
United States Jimmy Davies Ret 0
United States Fred Agabashian Ret 0
United States Carl Scarborough Ret 0
United States Bill Mackey Ret 0
United States Chuck Stevenson Ret 0
United States Johnnie Parsons Ret 0
United States Cecil Green Ret 0
United States Troy Ruttman Ret 0
United States Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
United States Chet Miller Ret 0
United States Walt Brown Ret 0
United States Rodger Ward Ret 0
United States Cliff Griffith Ret 0
United States Bill Vukovich Ret 0
United States George Connor Ret 0
United States Mack Hellings Ret 0
United States Joe James Ret 0
United States Johnny McDowell Ret 0
France Aldo Gordini Ret 0
Argentina Onofre Marimón Ret 0
Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly Ret 0
United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Ret 0
United Kingdom David Murray Ret 0
United Kingdom John James Ret 0
Germany Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Switzerland Toni Branca Ret 0
Brazil Chico Landi Ret 0
France Georges Grignard Ret 0
Thailand Prince Bira Ret 0
United Kingdom Ken Richardson DNS 0
Pos. Driver SUI
Switzerland
MON
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
ESP
Spain
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship, also held in 1951.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Italy I Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse March 11 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari Report
France XII Pau Grand Prix Pau March 26 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom III Richmond Trophy Goodwood March 26 Thailand B. Bira Italy Maserati Report
Italy VI Gran Premio di Sanremo Ospedaletti April 22 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Report
France I Grand Prix de Bordeaux Bordeaux April 29 France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
United Kingdom III BRDC International Trophy Silverstone May 5 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Italy Ferrari Report
France V Grand Prix de Paris Bois de Boulogne May 20 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom V Ulster Trophy Dundrod June 2 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom I Scottish Grand Prix Winfield July 21 United Kingdom Philip Fotheringham-Parker Italy Maserati Report
Netherlands II Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoort July 22 France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
France XIII Grand Prix de l'Albigeois Albi August 5 France Maurice Trintignant France Simca-Gordini Report
Italy XX Circuito di Pescara Pescara August 15 Argentina José Froilán González Italy Ferrari Report
Italy V Gran Premio di Bari Bari September 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom IV Goodwood Trophy Goodwood September 29 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report

Notes


Simple English

The 1951 Formula One season was the second edition of the championship. The champion was Juan Manuel Fangio in a close battle.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Tyres
1 Swiss Grand Prix May 27 Bremgarten Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P
2 Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis Lee Wallard Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F
3 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix June 17 Spa-Francorchamps Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo P
4 French Grand Prix July 1 Reims Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P
5 British Grand Prix July 14 Silverstone José Froilán González Ferrari P
6 German Grand Prix July 29 Nürburgring Alberto Ascari Ferrari P
7 Italian Grand Prix September 16 Monza Alberto Ascari Ferrari P
8 Spanish Grand Prix October 28 Pedralbes Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P

1951 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver SUI
500
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
ESP
Pts.
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 1* 9* 1*† / 11† 2 2* Ret 1* 31 (37)
2 Alberto Ascari 6 2 2† Ret 1 1 4 25 (28)
3 José Froilán González Ret 2† 1 3 2 2 24 (27)
4 Nino Farina 3 1 5 Ret* Ret 3† / Ret* 3 19 (22)
5 Luigi Villoresi Ret 3 3 3 4 4 Ret 15 (18)
6 Piero Taruffi 2 Ret 5 5 Ret 10
7 Lee Wallard 1* 9
8 Felice Bonetto 4 Ret 3† 5 7
9 Mike Nazaruk 2 6
10 Reg Parnell 4 5 DNS 5
11 Luigi Fagioli 1† / 11† 4
12 Consalvo Sanesi 4 Ret 10 6 3
13 Louis Rosier 9 4 Ret 10 8 7 7 3
14 Andy Linden 4 3
15 Manny Ayulo 3† 2
16 Jack McGrath 3† 2
17 Toulo de Graffenried 5 Ret Ret Ret 6 2
18 Yves Giraud Cabantous Ret 5 7 Ret 8 Ret 2
19 Bobby Ball 5 2
20 Louis Chiron 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
21 Rudi Fischer 11 6 0
22 Andre Simon Ret Ret 6 Ret 0
23 Henry Banks 6 0
24 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Andre Pilette 6 0
25 Robert Manzon Ret 7 Ret 9 0
26 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes 13 7 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 0
27 Carl Forberg 7 0
28 Peter Walker 7 0
29 Pierre Levegh 8 9 Ret 0
30 Philippe Etancelin 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 0
31 Stirling Moss 8 0
32 Duane Carter 8 0
33 Eugene Chaboud 8 0
34 Brian Shawe Taylor 8 0
35 Guy Mairesse 14 9 0
36 Peter Whitehead Ret Ret 9 Ret 0
37 Franco Rol 9 0
38 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacques Swaters 10 Ret 0
39 Paco Godia 10 0
40 Bob Gerard 11 0
41 Harry Schell 12 Ret 0
42 Duncan Hamilton 12 Ret 0
Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Henri Louveau Ret 0
George Abecassis Ret 0
Peter Hirt Ret 0
Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
Duke Nalon Ret 0
Gene Force Ret 0
Sam Hanks Ret 0
Bill Schindler Ret 0
Mauri Rose Ret 0
Walt Faulkner Ret 0
Jimmy Davies Ret 0
Fred Agabashian Ret 0
Carl Scarborough Ret 0
Bill Mackey Ret 0
Chuck Stevenson Ret 0
Johnnie Parsons Ret 0
Cecil Green Ret 0
Troy Ruttman Ret 0
Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
Chet Miller Ret 0
Walt Brown Ret 0
Rodger Ward Ret 0
Cliff Griffith Ret 0
Bill Vukovich Ret 0
George Connor Ret 0
Mack Hellings Ret 0
Joe James Ret 0
Johnny McDowell Ret 0
Aldo Gordini Ret 0
Onofre Marimon Ret 0
Joe Kelly Ret 0
Philip Fotheringham-Parker Ret 0
David Murray Ret 0
John James Ret 0
Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Toni Branca Ret 0
Chico Landi Ret 0
Georges Grignard Ret 0
Prince Bira Ret 0
Ken Richardson DNS 0
Pos. Driver SUI
MON
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
ESP
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship, also held in 1951.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
I Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse March 11 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Report
XII Grand Prix de Pau Pau March 26 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Report
III Richmond Trophy Goodwood March 26 B. Bira Maserati Report
VI Gran Premio di Sanremo Ospedaletti April 22 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report
I Grand Prix de Bordeaux Bordeaux April 29 Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Report
III BRDC International Trophy Silverstone May 5 Reg Parnell Ferrari Report
V Grand Prix de Paris Bois de Boulogne May 20 Giuseppe Farina Maserati Report
V Ulster Trophy Dundrod June 2 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
I Scottish Grand Prix Winfield July 21 Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maserati Report
II Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoort July 22 Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Report
XIII Grand Prix de l'Albigeois Albi August 5 Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini Report
XX Circuito di Pescara Pescara August 15 José Froilán González Ferrari Report
V Gran Premio di Bari Bari September 2 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
IV Goodwood Trophy Goodwood September 29 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report


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