1951 Italian A1 Grand Prix

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The 1951 Italian A1 Grand Prix is the ninth round of the 1951 season.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Time Gap
1 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 1:56.132 Leader
2 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 1:56.424 +0.292
3 8 Flag of England svg.png Peter Whitehead 1:56.464 +0.332
4 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 1:56.572 +0.440
5 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 1:56.599 +0.467
6 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Alberto Uria 1:56.640 +0.508
7 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Juan Jover 1:56.657 +0.525
8 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 1:56.726 +0.594
9 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 1:56.744 +0.612
10 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 1:56.785 +0.653
11 3 Flag of France svg.png André Simon 1:56.832 +0.700
12 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio 1:56.849 +0.717
13 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 1:56.855 +0.723
14 29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Ramón López 1:56.941 +0.809
15 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 1:57.044 +0.911
16 25 Flag of Finland svg.png S.P.J. Keinänen 1:57.074 +0.941
17 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Luigi Fagioli 1:57.108 +0.976
18 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 1:57.130 +0.998
19 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 1:57.146 +1.014
20 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Paul Greifzu 1:57.147 +1.015
21 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 1:57.152 +1.020
22 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png David Murray 1:57.161 +1.029
23 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 1:57.170 +1.038
24 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Arthur Mackenzie 1:57.206 +1.074
25 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Jaroslav Juhan 1:57.227 +1.095
26 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 1:57.257 +1.125
27 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Mário de Araújo Cabral 1:57.338 +1.206
28 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 1:57.387 +1.255
29 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Harry Schell 1:57.395 +1.263
30 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Whitehead 1:57.471 +1.339
31 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 1:57.578 +1.446
32 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 1:57.599 +1.467
33 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 1:57.663 +1.531
34 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 1:57.723 +1.591
35 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Lopez Chávez 1:59.331 +3.299
36 33 Flag of Peru.png Henry Bradley 2:00.321 +4.289

Race

Lap 1 - Everyone gets through the first lap cleanly except for Keinänen who goes off at Curva Grande. Netusil suffers a puncture and has to take a pitstop at the end of the lap.

Lap 5 - Robson and Fangio get together going into Lesmo 1 causing Fangio to whack the fence and collect Stuck and Lopez. All involved continue on but with enough damage to render them noncompetitive. Mere moments later coming out of Lesmo 2, Lundgren spins around Jaras collecting Schell, Juhan and van der Lof. Schell and van der Lof are out while everyone else suffers enough damage to slow them down.

Lap 7 - Sadly after taking pole and running in the lead group in the early stages, Nelleman suffers electrical gremlins which force an unscheduled pitstop after which his car would be off the pace. This leaves Whitehead, Chiron and de Graffenried in the current lead group after Lundgren and Jaras hold up the cars behind while being lapped.

Lap 9 - Gaze and Mackenzie collide through Variente della Roggia in what was deemed as a racing incident. Both are out.

Lap 10 - Lundgren takes karma for causing the lap 5 pile up when Tutton takes him out, he is collected by who else but his sparing partner for the day, Jaras.

Lap 12 - Whitehead and Chiron are still the leaders after the first pitstops but Greifzu after spending the early stages climbing up the field finds himself in the lead group after a good pitstop.

Lap 14 - Uria moves over on de Graffenried into Lesmo 1 and gets tagged by the Swiss driver who unfortunately takes all the damage from the clash despite being blameless in the incident. Uria is blamed and penalised for the collision.

Lap 17 - Chiron goes off at Curva Grande while challenging Whitehead for the lead and plants his car in the tires. Whitehead and Greifzu are left in a head to head battle for the lead.

Lap 26 - The second round of pitstops fail to change the order much. Whitehead and Greifzu still lead but behind them are Bira, Rubirosa and Landi who are all closing thanks to superior draft from being in a larger group of cars. They are currently only five seconds behind and closing fast.

Lap 30 - Tittering takes out Murray while battling for sixth, both are out and the Ulster-man takes the blame.

Lap 34 - The two leading groups merge to become one group of five but not before Greifzu is sadly held up by de Graffenried for long enough to drop him far enough behind to drop off the group slightly, destroying any realistic chance of victory. Landi meanwhile manages to take the lead as Whitehead ends up dropping to fourth.

Lap 36 - Amazing final lap from Whitehead starting with a daring and ultimately decisive move on both Bira and Rubirosa into Lesmo 1, then getting back past Landi into Parabolica before the Brazilian tries to get him back onto the finishing straight, just barely failing to overhaul the Englishman.

Race Classification

Pos Grid No. Driver Laps Behind Points
1 3 8 Flag of England svg.png Peter Whitehead 36 1:15:32.055 25
2 8 6 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 36 +0.071 20
3 4 13 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 36 +0.232 16
4 15 9 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 36 +0.829 13
5 20 16 Flag of East Germany svg.png Paul Greifzu 36 +1.594 11
6 28 10 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 36 +21.217 10
7 7 22 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Juan Jover 36 +34.245 9
8 33 30 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 36 +34.702 8
9 11 3 Flag of France svg.png André Simon 36 +50.483 7
10 27 34 Flag of Portugal svg.png Mário de Araújo Cabral 36 +51.447 6
11 6 26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Alberto Uria 36 +52.418 5
12 30 21 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 36 +1:18.836 4
13 17 1 Flag of Italy svg.png Luigi Fagioli 36 +1:26.373 3
14 31 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 36 +2:02.835 2
15 10 4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 35 +1 lap 1
16 12 2 Flag of Argentina svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio 35 +1 lap
17 5 7 Flag of Germany svg.png Hans Stuck 35 +1 lap
18 21 18 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 35 +1 lap
19 1 15 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 35 +1 lap
20 25 35 Flag of Guatemala svg.png Jaroslav Juhan 34 +2 laps
NC 32 14 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Jaroslav Netušil 32 +4 laps
Ret 22 28 Flag of Scotland svg.png David Murray 29 Collision, Titterington
Ret 34 23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 29 Collision, Murray
Ret 2 5 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 17 Accident
Ret 26 24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 14 Valve
Ret 19 27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 10 Collision, Tutton, Jaras
Ret 18 36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 10 Collision, Lundgren
Ret 9 11 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 9 Collision, Mackenzie
Ret 24 19 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Arthur Mackenzie 9 Collision, Gaze
Ret 35 32 Flag of Mexico svg.png Lopez Chávez 9 Gearbox
Ret 14 29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Ramón López 8 Collision Damage
Ret 29 17 Flag of the United States svg.png Harry Schell 4 Collision
Jaras, Juhan, Lundgren
Ret 23 12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 4 Collison, Schell
Ret 36 33 Flag of Peru.png Henry Bradley 4 Accident
Ret 13 31 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 3 Accident
Ret 16 25 Flag of Finland svg.png S.P.J. Keinänen 0 Accident

Penalty Report

No. Driver Lap Penalty Reason
24 Canadian Red.svg.png Hal Robson 5 2 points Causing an avoidable collision with cars 2, 7 and 29.
27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 5 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with cars 12, 17, 35 and 36.
27 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 7 2 points Impeding a faster car.
36 Flag of Chile svg.png Raúl Jaras 7 2 points Impeding a faster car.
29 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Ramón López 9 2 points Impeding a faster car.
20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 10 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with cars 27 and 36.
26 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Alberto Uria 14 2 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 4.
23 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 30 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 28.
4 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 33 2 points Impeding a faster car.

Reject of the Race

ROTR - Erik Lundgren. Caused a 5 car pile up, followed it up by splitting up the lead group as a backmarker.