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1953 British Grand Prix

1953 British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit in 1952-1973 configuration
Silverstone Circuit in 1952-1973 configuration
Race details
Date 18 July 1953
Official name 6th RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.7105 km (2.927 mi)
Distance 90 laps, 423.949 km (263.43 mi)
Weather Overcast, showers
Attendance 100,000[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:48.0
Fastest lap
Drivers Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Fastest lap Argentina José Froilán González Maserati
Time 1:50.0
Podium
First
  • Italy Alberto Ascari
Ferrari
Second Maserati
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders

The 1953 British Grand Prix was a Formula Two motor race held on 18 July 1953 at Silverstone Circuit. It was race 6 of 9 in the 1953 World Championship of Drivers, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 90-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. Juan Manuel Fangio finished second for the Maserati team and Ascari's teammate Nino Farina came in third.

Background

The Ferrari and Maserati lineup was unchanged from the French Grand Prix. Initially three Cooper Mk IIs were entered for Peter Whitehead, Tony Crook and Stirling Moss. However, due to Moss's retirement at the French Grand Prix his car had to be withdrawn.[2]

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:48.0 --
2 24 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 1:49.0 + 1.0
3 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 1:49.2 + 1.2
4 23 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 1:50.0 + 2.0
5 6 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 1:50.5 + 2.5
6 7 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:51.0 + 3.0
7 26 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 1:51.3 + 3.3
8 29 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 1:52.0 + 4.0
9 28 United States Harry Schell Gordini 1:52.0 + 4.0
10 14 United Kingdom Tony Rolt Connaught-Lea-Francis 1:54.0 + 6.0
11 16 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 1:54.0 + 6.0
12 1 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 1:57.0 + 9.0
13 11 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea-Francis 1:57.6 + 9.6
14 20 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 1:57.8 + 9.8
15 18 United Kingdom Jimmy Stewart Cooper-Bristol 1:58.0 + 10.0
16 25 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 1:58.2 + 10.2
17 3 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 2:02.0 + 14.0
18 17 United Kingdom Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 2:02.0 + 14.0
19 10 Thailand Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:04.0 + 16.0
20 15 United Kingdom Ian Stewart Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:04.0 + 16.0
21 19 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 2:04.0 + 16.0
22 30 France Jean Behra Gordini 2:04.0 + 16.0
23 2 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta 2:05.0 + 17.0
24 9 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:07.0 + 19.0
25 22 United Kingdom Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol 2:07.4 + 19.4
26 31 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:08.0 + 20.0
27 4 United Kingdom Jack Fairman HWM-Alta 2:08.4 + 20.4
28 12 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 2:09.0 + 21.0
29 27 Monaco Louis Chiron OSCA No time --
Source:[3]

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 90 2:50:00 1 8.51
2 23 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 90 + 1:00 4 6
3 6 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 88 + 2 Laps 5 4
4 24 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 88 + 2 Laps 2 3.51
5 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 87 + 3 Laps 3 2
6 25 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 82 + 8 Laps 16  
7 10 Thailand Prince Bira Connaught-Lea-Francis 82 + 8 Laps 19  
8 16 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 80 + 10 Laps 11  
9 20 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 79 + 11 Laps 14  
10 9 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 78 + 12 Laps 24  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Jimmy Stewart Cooper-Bristol 79 Spun off 15  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Tony Rolt Connaught-Lea-Francis 70 Halfshaft 10  
Ret 7 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 65 Axle 6  
Ret 26 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 65 Engine 7  
Ret 19 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 56 Overheating 21  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Peter Collins HWM-Alta 56 Spun off 23  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Jack Fairman HWM-Alta 54 Clutch 27  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea-Francis 50 Wheel 28  
Ret 31 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 34 Clutch 26  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 31 Clutch 12  
Ret 30 France Jean Behra Gordini 30 Fuel Pump 22  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Ian Stewart Connaught-Lea-Francis 24 Ignition 20  
Ret 29 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 14 Axle 8  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton HWM-Alta 14 Clutch 17  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 8 Suspension 18  
Ret 28 United States Harry Schell Gordini 5 Electrical 9  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea-Francis 0 Retirement 13  
Ret 22 United Kingdom Tony Crook Cooper-Bristol 0 Fuel System 25  
DNS 27 Monaco Louis Chiron OSCA 0 Did not start  
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1 - Includes 0.5 points for shared fastest lap

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Alberto Ascari 33.5 (36.5)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 16
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 Argentina José Froilán González 13.5 (14.5)
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 Italy Luigi Villoresi 13
1uparrow green.svg 2 5 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 13
Source: [5]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

References

  1. ^ "Ascari Winner of Grand Prix". Arizona Daily Star. 19 July 1953. Retrieved 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Nye, Doug (1977). The British Grand Prix 1926-1976. B. T. Batsford. p. 49. ISBN 9780713432831.
  3. ^ "Britain 1953 - Qualifications". statsf1.com. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "1953 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Britain 1953 - Championship o STATS F1". statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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