1951 Belgian A1 Grand Prix

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The 1951 Belgian A1 Grand Prix was the eighth round of the 1951 season.

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Time Gap
1 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio 2:41.255 Leader
2 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 2:41.646 +0.391
3 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Juan Jover 2:41.829 +0.574
4 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 2:41.868 +0.613
5 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Luigi Villoresi 2:41.890 +0.635
6 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png David Murray 2:42.207 +0.952
7 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 2:42.250 +0.995
8 8 Flag of England svg.png Stirling Moss 2:42.264 +1.009
9 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 2:42.292 +1.037
10 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 2:42.292 +1.037
11 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 2:42.305 +1.050
12 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 2:42.359 +1.104
13 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 2:42.367 +1.112
14 25 Flag of Finland svg.png S.P.J. Keinänen 2:42.427 +1.172
15 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Paul Greifzu 2:42.437 +1.182
16 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 2:42.497 +1.242
17 3 Flag of France svg.png André Simon 2:42.557 +1.302
18 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 2:42.625 +1.370
19 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 2:42.645 +1.390
20 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Fernando Mascarenhas 2:42.657 +1.402
21 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 2:42.808 +1.553
22 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 2:42.870 +1.615
23 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 2:42.919 +1.664
24 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 2:42.976 +1.721
25 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Antonio Asturias Hall 2:43.129 +1.974
26 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 2:43.280 +2.025
27 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Gino Bianco 2:43.946 +2.691
28 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 2:44.265 +3.010
29 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 2:44.583 +3.328
30 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 2:44.848 +3.593
31 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Gabriele Herrera 2:45.811 +4.556
32 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Lopez Chávez 2:46.421 +5.166
33 33 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 2:48.896 +7.641
34 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering 2:48.968 +7.713
35 29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 2:49.838 +8.583
36 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras No Time

Race

Fangio lead the first stint but a bad first pit stop then damaging his car put him out of contention. Stuck lead the middle portion and looked a lock for victory till mechanical problems struck, putting him a lap down. Murray would have been the beneficiary had he not needlessly tripped over Metelev who had to start the race a lap down.

This left Gaze and Robson battling for the win with Robson taking the lead with two to go when Gaze briefly ran off the track. Meaning that Canada took a surprise maiden victory!

Two injuries, first was Antonio Asturias Hall who suffered a fractured right ankle after the first lap pile up. He will be unable to race at Monza.

Then, Luigi Villoresi suffered a large crash on lap three at Blanchemont, when he struck the barrier and flipped his car several times. Similar to Barth's fatal crash last time out, the Italian's car was launched high into the air but fortunately he landed upright and managed to get away with a fractured vertebra. He will be out for the rest of the season.

Despite his misfortunes, Fangio finished fourth and extended Argentina's lead to 39 points over England, the only other nation still in the championship hunt. Therefore Argentina only need a top five to secure the title at Monza.


Race Classification

Pos Grid No. Driver Laps Behind Points
1 11 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 28 1:29:36.331 25
2 10 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 28 +2.365 20
3 6 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png David Murray 28 +1:25.074 16
4 1 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio 27 +1 lap 13
5 2 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 27 +1 lap 11
6 22 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 26 +2 laps 10
7 17 3 Flag of France svg.png André Simon 26 +2 laps 9
8 30 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 26 +2 laps 8
Ret 13 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 18 Engine
Ret 9 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 16 Accident
Ret 8 8 Flag of England svg.png Stirling Moss 15 Piston
Ret 12 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 12 Collision Damage, Keinänen
Ret 14 25 Flag of Finland svg.png S.P.J. Keinänen 11 Collision, Kelly
Ret 7 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 9 Accident
Ret 4 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 3 Accident
Ret 5 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Luigi Villoresi 2 Accident
Ret 3 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Juan Jover 1 Engine
Ret 16 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 1 Collision Damage
Ret 21 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 1 Collision Damage
Ret 20 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Fernando Mascarenhas 1 Collision Damage
Ret 15 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Paul Greifzu 1 Collision Damage
Ret 19 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 1 Collision Damage
Ret 18 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 1 Collision Damage
Ret 24 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 0 Collision, Headland, Hall
Ret 23 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 0 Collision, Cantoni, Hall
Ret 26 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 0 Collision, de Graffenried
Ret 25 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Antonio Asturias Hall 0 Collision, Headland, Cantoni
Ret 28 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 0 Collision, Chavez
Ret 32 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Lopez Chávez 0 Collision, Netusil, Lundgren
Ret 27 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Gino Bianco 0 Collision, Claes, Hall, Geering
Ret 34 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering 0 Collison, Hall, Claes, Bianco
Ret 29 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 0 Collision, Hall, Geering, Bianco
Ret 36 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 0 Collison, Herrera
Ret 31 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Gabriele Herrera 0 Collision, Jaras
Ret 33 33 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 0 Collision, Hall
Ret 35 29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 0 Accident

Penalty Report

No. Driver Lap Penalty Reason
14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 1 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with cars 3 and 4.
26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 1 5 points Causing injury via avoidable collision with cars 21 and 35.
33 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 1 3 points Causing accident by failing to yield during yellow flag.
28 Flag of Scotland svg.png David Murray 9 2 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 30.
10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 11 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 25.

Reject of the Race

ROTR - Eitel Cantoni. Idiotic move on Headland at the start takes out many cars.