1939 Grand Prix Season
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1939 Grand Prix Season

The 1939 Grand Prix season was the seventh AIACR European Championship season. The championship winner was never officially announced by the AIACR due to the outbreak of World War II less than two weeks after the final event in Switzerland. The Italian GP initially had been a fifth event, but it became clear well before the war that it would be cancelled due to construction work. At that time, it was also undecided which scoring system would be used, the old minimum points system that basically counted positions, or the French maximum points system similar to the modern one. Although Hermann Paul Müller would have won the championship on points according to the old system, the president of Nazi Germany's highest motorsports organisation declared Hermann Lang the champion.[1] Lang was clearly the dominating driver in that season, which was acknowledged by the international press. In the first two of the four championship events, both Lang and Müller won once while the other failed to complete 75% of the distance. The German round saw Lang retiring early, and Müller finishing 2nd behind Carraciola. This left Müller in the lead in both scoring systems, as published in magazines, with the Swiss round deciding the outcome. Müller finished 4th behind three Mercedes, which gave him the lead in the old point system, while in front, Lang had beaten Carraciola for the lead in the maximum points system.

Season review

Mercedes-Benz competed with the W154.
The Auto Union D Type.

European Championship Grands Prix

Non-championship Grands Prix

Grandes Épreuves are denoted by a yellow background.

Unofficial championship standings

Pos Driver BEL
1 Germany Hermann Paul Müller Ret 1 2 4 12
2 Germany Hermann Lang 1 Ret Ret 1 14
3 Germany Rudolf Caracciola Ret Ret 1 2 17
4 Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch 3 Ret Ret 3 19
= Italy Tazio Nuvolari Ret Ret Ret 5 19
6 Germany Rudolf Hasse 2 Ret Ret 20
= France René Dreyfus 7 4 8 20
8 Germany Georg Meier Ret 2 Ret 22
9 France Raymond Sommer 4 5 Ret 23
= Germany Hans Stuck 6 Ret 10 23
11 France Robert Mazaud 5 6 24
= France "Raph" 9 5 24
13 Italy Giuseppe Farina Ret 7 25
14 Germany Paul Pietsch 3 Ret 26
15 France René Le Bègue 3 27
16 France Louis Gérard 6 28
= France Philippe Étancelin 4 28
= Italy Luigi Chinetti 8 28
= Germany Leonhard Joa 7 28
= Germany Hans Hartmann 6 28
= Italy Clemente Biondetti 9 28
= United Kingdom Kenneth Evans 11 28
= United Kingdom John Wakefield 12 28
= United Kingdom Robert Ansell 13 28
25 United Kingdom Richard Seaman Ret 29
= Switzerland Adolfo Mandirola Ret DSQ 29
= Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Ret 29
28 France Yves Matra Ret 30
= Italy Luigi Villoresi Ret 30
30 United Kingdom Raymond Mays Ret 31
= Germany Heinz Brendel Ret 31
= Italy Giovanni Rocco Ret 31
Pos Driver BEL
Colour Result Points
Gold Winner 1
Silver 2nd place 2
Bronze 3rd place 3
Green Completed more than 75% 4
Blue Completed between 50% and 75% 5
Purple Completed between 25% and 50% 6
Red Completed less than 25% 7
Black Disqualified 8
Blank Did not participate 8


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  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Richard. "Unfinished Symphony: Why the 1939 European Championship was never won". 8W. Retrieved .
  2. ^ according to the old minimum points system

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