|Born||19 April 1912|
Stuttgart, Württemberg, Germany
|Died||30 December 1976 (aged 64)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||8 (7 starts)|
|First entry||1951 Swiss Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1952 Italian Grand Prix|
Rudolf "Rudi" Fischer (19 April 1912 - 30 December 1976) was a racing driver from Switzerland.
Fischer participated in eight World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 27 May 1951. He achieved two podium finishes, and scored a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One and Formula Two races.
Fischer finished third in a race which marked the reopening of the AVUS, a German motor racing circuit. It had been closed for a 14-year period and was damaged during World War II. A crowd of 350,000 watched Paul Greifzu of Suhl, Thuringia, win in a car he built himself. Fischer drove a Ferrari to third place over a distance of 207.5 kilometres. His time was 1 hour, 10 minutes, 27.5 seconds. In the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix, in Bern, Fischer finished second to Piero Taruffi; both drivers were in Ferraris.
Fischer was the leader of the "Écurie Espadon", the entrant name for most of his racing career.
Écurie Espadon was composed of a group of Swiss amateur gentleman racers. The word "Écurie" was used at the beginning as most of the team's cars were French, generally Gordinis. Later the team's equipment changed to Ferraris and other Italian vehicles, thus the name of the team changed to use the equivalent Italian word "Scuderia".
The team was involved in several races all over Europe, as the presentation document described.
The team was composed of:
|1949||Écurie Espadon||Simca Gordini T11||Simca-Gordini 1.4 L4||GBR||BEL||SUI
|1950||Écurie Espadon||SVA 1500||Fiat 1.5 L4s||GBR||MON||500||SUI
|1951||Écurie Espadon||Ferrari 212||Ferrari 212 2.5 V12||SUI
|1952||Écurie Espadon||Ferrari 500||Ferrari 500 2.0 L4||SUI
|Ferrari 212||Ferrari 166 2.0 V12||FRA