1951 Spanish Grand Prix
|1951 Spanish Grand Prix|
Pedralbes street circuit
|Date||28 October 1951|
|Official name||XI Gran Premio de España|
|Location||Pedralbes Circuit, Barcelona, Catalonia|
|Course length||6.316 km (3.925 mi)|
|Distance||70 laps, 442.120 km (274.721 mi)|
|Driver||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo|
This race was determined by tyre choice – Ferrari chose a 16 inch rear wheel, whilst Alfa Romeo settled for the 18 inch, which proved to be the better of the two options. Juan Manuel Fangio led Alberto Ascari by two points before the race. Ascari led the race from José Froilán González, but the Ferraris suffered numerous tread problems. Piero Taruffi threw a tyre tread on lap 6 and was followed on lap 7 by Luigi Villoresi, Ascari on lap 8 and Gonzalez on lap 14. The Ferraris were forced to stop frequently to change tyres and Fangio comfortably won the race and his first drivers' title, after Ascari finished 4th was not able to overhaul Fangio's total. After the race, Alfa Romeo announced that due to lack of finances, they would not be competing in the 1952 season.
- ^1 — Peter Whitehead and Reg Parnell both withdrew from the event prior to practice.
- ^2 — Juan Jover qualified in the #46 Maserati, although he did not start the race. Joaquin Palacio had been entered in car #46, but he withdrew prior to practice.
- ^3 — Toni Branca withdrew from the event prior to practice. Chico Landi had also been entered in car #48, but he too withdrew from the Grand Prix before practice.
- ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap
- First Grand Prix: Paco Godia, Georges Grignard
- Three drivers were fighting for the championship going into this race: Fangio on 27 points, Ascari on 25 points and González on 21 points.
- Fangio needed either:
- To finish ahead of Ascari, or
- Ascari to finish 3rd or lower
- Ascari needed either:
- to win, or
- to finish 2nd with Fangio 3rd or lower
- González needed to win, and set the fastest lap, with Ascari finishing third or lower and Fangio not scoring at all.
- Fangio needed either:
Championship standings after the race
- Drivers' Championship standings
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||31 (37)|
|2||Alberto Ascari||25 (28)|
|3||José Froilán González||24 (27)|
|4||Nino Farina||19 (22)|
|5||Luigi Villoresi||15 (18)|
- 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.
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