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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.

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 Swiss Grand Prix May 27 Bremgartenmarker Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
2 Indianapolis 500marker May 30 Indianapolismarker Lee Wallard Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser Report
3 Belgian Grand Prixmarker June 17 Spa-Francorchampsmarker Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
4 French Grand Prixmarker July 1 Reimsmarker Juan Manuel Fangio /
 Luigi Fagioli
Alfa Romeo Report
5 British Grand Prixmarker July 14 Silverstonemarker José Froilán González Ferrari Report
6 German Grand Prixmarker July 29 Nürburgringmarker Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report
7 Italian Grand Prixmarker September 16 Monzamarker Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report
8 Spanish Grand Prixmarker October 28 Pedralbesmarker Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report


Teams and Drivers

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

1951 Driver line-ups

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver
Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 1.5 L8 Supercharged Giuseppe Farina
Juan Manuel Fangio
Consalvo Sanesi
Toulo de Graffenried
Luigi Fagioli
Felice Bonetto
Paul Pietsch
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 4.5 V12 Alberto Ascari
Luigi Villoresi
Piero Taruffi
José Froilán González
Chico Landi
Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Louis Rosier
Henri Louveau
Louis Chiron
Equipe Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 1.5 L4 Supercharged Maurice Trintignant
Robert Manzon
André Simon
Simca-Gordini 11 Aldo Gordini
Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Johnny Claes
Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Philippe Étancelin
Enrico Platé Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged Harry Schell
Louis Chiron
Toulo de Graffenried
Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Guy Mairesse
André Pilette
Jacques Swaters
Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Pierre Levegh
Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari 2.5 V12 Rudi Fischer
Veritas Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 ? Peter Hirt
British Racing Motors BRM BRM P15 BRM 1.5 V16 Supercharged Reg Parnell
Peter Walker
Hersham & Walton Motors HWM HWM 51 Alta 2.0 L4 George Abecassis
Stirling Moss
Vandervell Products Ferrari Ferrari 375 Thinwall Ferrari 4.5 V12 Reg Parnell
Peter Whitehead
Graham Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 1.5 V12 Supercharged Peter Whitehead
Duncan Hamilton Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Duncan Hamilton
Scuderia Milano Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/50 Milano Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged Onofre Marimón
Maserati 4CLT/48 Paco Godia
Joe Kelly Alta Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4 Supercharged Joe Kelly
FR Gerard ERA ERA B-Type ERA 1.5 L6 Supercharged Bob Gerard
Brian Shawe-Taylor ERA ERA B-Type ERA 1.5 L6 Supercharged Brian Shawe-Taylor
Scuderia Ambrosiana Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged David Murray
Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 1.5 V12 Supercharged Peter Whitehead
John James Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged John James
Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maseratimarker Maserati 4CL Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged Philip Fotheringham-Parker
Ecurie Siam Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/48 OSCA 4.5 V12 B. Bira
Ecurie France Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Louis Chiron
Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Georges Grignard
José Froilán González Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 José Froilán González
Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 4.5 L6 Eugène Chaboud
OSCA OSCA OSCA 4500G OSCA 4.5 V12 Franco Rol
Antonio Branca Maseratimarker Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 1.5 L4 Supercharged Toni Branca


1951 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver SUI

500

BEL

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 André Simon Ret Ret 6 Ret 0
23 Henry Banks 6 0
24 André Pilette 6 0
25 Robert Manzon Ret 7 Ret 9 0
26 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 Étancelin 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 0
31 Stirling Moss 8 0
32 Duane Carter 8 0
33 Eugène 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 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 Marimón 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

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

ESP

Pts.


  • * 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 Syracusemarker March 11 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Report
XII Grand Prix de Paumarker Paumarker March 26 Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Report
III Richmond Trophy Goodwoodmarker March 26 B. Bira Maseratimarker 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 Silverstonemarker May 5 Reg Parnell Ferrari Report
V Grand Prix de Paris Bois de Boulognemarker May 20 Giuseppe Farina Maseratimarker Report
V Ulster Trophy Dundrodmarker June 2 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
I Scottish Grand Prix Winfield July 21 Philip Fotheringham-Parker Maseratimarker Report
II Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoortmarker July 22 Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Report
XIII Grand Prix de l'Albigeois Albimarker August 5 Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini Report
XX Circuito di Pescara Pescaramarker August 15 José Froilán González Ferrari Report
V Gran Premio di Bari Barimarker September 2 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
IV Goodwood Trophy Goodwoodmarker September 29 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report


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