1951 German A1 Grand Prix

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The 1951 German A1 Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1951 season. Stirling Moss took his and England's maiden victory after the race was red flagged after 12 laps following Edgar Barth's fatal accident.

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Time Gap
1 3 Flag of France svg.png Maurice Trintignant 7:18.592 Leader
2 8 Flag of England svg.png Stirling Moss 7:20.240 +1.648
3 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png André Pilette 7:22.207 +3.615
4 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 7:22.504 +3.912
5 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Harry Schell 7:23.480 +4.888
6 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Arthur Mackenzie 7:24.556 +5.964
7 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 7:24.650 +6.058
8 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 7:24.952 +6.360
9 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Edgar Barth 7:26.039 +7.447
10 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 7:26.066 +7.474
11 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Marcos Ciani 7:27.504 +8.912
12 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 7:28.152 +9.560
13 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 7:28.185 +9.597
14 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 7:29.646 +11.054
15 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 7:30.502 +11.910
16 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png Jimmy Stewart 7:30.748 +12.156
17 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 7:31.065 +12.473
18 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 7:31.242 +12.650
19 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 7:31.981 +13.389
20 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 7:32.701 +14.109
21 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Fernando Mascarenhas 7:33.594 +15.002
22 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 7:34.157 +15.565
23 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 7:34.669 +16.077
24 25 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius 7:35.247 +16.655
25 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 7:42.648 +24.056
26 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 7:43.125 +24.533
27 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 7:52.495 +33.903
28 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Corana Illescas 8:46.524 +1:27.932
29 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi No Time
30 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson No Time
31 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Cecil Vard No Time
32 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Manfredo Lippmann No Time
33 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof No Time
34 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev No Time
35 29 Flag of Colombia svg.png Ramón López No Time
36 33 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri No Time

Race Highlights

Trintignant maintained his lead over Moss for the opening three laps until a gearbox failure forced him into the garage, putting him three laps down. Moss was left to run away to an easy victory. Mackenzie managed to finish second, by far South Africa's best result, he had been challenged by de Graffenried before the Swiss driver was held up by first Jaras then Illescas. Then he went off on lap 11, damaging his car and forcing an extra pitstop, dropping him to fifth. The race was called after 12 of the 14 scheduled laps when both Trintignant and Barth slid off on oil left on the track, both hitting the fence hard and being pitched into a series of barrel rolls. Trintignant escaped with only a fractured left ankle while Barth had to be extracted and airlifted to Cologne hospital, still unconscious with serious neck and head injuries.

Other incidents involved, Albizuri sliding off on the first lap and collecting Lopez with him, then later the same lap Illescas spun right in front of Lippmann who was unable to avoid him. Illescas managed to continue on but Lippmann was out once he had struggled back to the pits.

Lap 6 saw a large crash for Bira who backed his car into the fence and barrel rolled, though he escaped serious injury.

Race Classification

Pos Grid No. Driver Laps Behind Points
1 2 8 Flag of England svg.png Stirling Moss 12 1:48:23.563 25
2 6 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Arthur Mackenzie 12 +47.326 20
3 22 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 12 +1:00.291 16
4 4 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 12 +1:45.499 13
5 13 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 12 +1:49.198 11
6 10 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 12 +2:20.081 10
7 12 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 12 +2:46.646 9
8 11 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Marcos Ciani 12 +2:56.192 8
9 5 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Harry Schell 12 +3:24.590 7
10 14 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 12 +3:24.728 6
11 9 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Edgar Barth 12 +3:25.350 5
12 20 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 12 +3:43.606 4
13 23 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 12 +4:04.814 3
14 17 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 12 +4:14.011 2
15 3 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png André Pilette 12 +4:36.601 1
16 21 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Fernando Mascarenhas 12 +4:44.951
17 34 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 12 +5:00.686
18 8 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 12 +5:01.135
19 25 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 12 +5:52.063
20 29 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 12 +5:56.477
21 18 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 12 +6:07.121
22 16 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png Jimmy Stewart 12 +6:33.126
23 28 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Corona Illescas 11 +1 lap
Ret 27 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 10 Engine
Ret 24 25 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius 9 Puncture
NC 1 3 Flag of France svg.png Maurice Trintignant 9 +3 laps
Ret 19 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 7 Puncture
Ret 7 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 6 Accident
Ret 26 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 6 Transmission
Ret 31 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Cecil Vard 4 Gearbox
Ret 30 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 3 Brakes
Ret 15 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 2 Clutch
Ret 33 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 1 Engine
Ret 32 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Manfredo Lippmann 1 Collision Damage, Illescas
Ret 36 33 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 0 Collision, López
Ret 35 29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Ramón López 0 Collision, Albizuri

Death of Edgar Barth

On lap 13 of the race, both Edgar Barth of East Germany and Maurice Trintignant of France slid off on oil left on the track at the Wipperman corner. Both ended up being pitched into a series of barrel rolls after hitting the outside fence with Barth's car being launched nearly ten feet into the air, unfortunately landing on it's roof right where the driver was sitting in the cockpit. The roof had partly caved in just above the drivers seat from the impact leaving the unconscious Barth trapped in the car. After fifteen minutes, Barth was finally extracted from the car and into a helicopter bound for Cologne hospital with a suspected broken neck and depressed skull fracture. Doctors did all they could but to no avail. At 5:29pm, just over two and a half hours after the crash, Edgar Barth died from his injuries.

Maurice Trintignant managed to walk away from the crash but after a trip to the circuit medical center, he was diagnosed with a fractured left ankle and was taken to hospital for further treatment. He may have to miss the Belgian Grand Prix as a result.

Barth's car flew up as high as ten feet.
The aftermath, just after the crash.
















Penalty Report

Drivers receive points on their race licence if they are deemed by the stewards to be driving in an 'unsporting manner'. Points are usually given for causing avoidable collisions, pitlane infractions or impeding fastest cars while being lapped. If a driver collects 12 points throughout the season then they are given a three month ban from racing in the series. Points are reset to zero after each season. Fines can also be given.

No. Driver Lap Penalty Reason
36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 9 2 points Impeding a faster car.
32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Corona Illescas 10 2 points Impeding a faster car.

Reject of the Race

ROTR - Raul Jaras and Corona Illescas. Cost, de Graffenried a podium.