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1954 German Grand Prix

1954 German Grand Prix

Results from the 1954 German Grand Prix held at Nürburgring on August 1, 1954.

Race report

Formula One suffered its first fatality ever in a championship race. Onofre Marimon, leading the Maserati team plunged down a banking in practice. His car somersaulted and he was killed instantly. Once again, Fangio and Kling led the way in the two Mercedes. Gonzalez started and was running third but was so upset by Marimon's death he was called in to hand over to Hawthorn, who set off in pursuit of the Mercedes. He moved into second when Kling pitted and pursued Fangio relentlessly. Late in the race, drizzle forced him to slow and he held second from Trintignant.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 22 3:45:45.8 1 8
2 1 José Froilán González
Mike Hawthorn
Ferrari 22 +1' 36.5 5 3
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3 2 Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 22 +5' 08.6 7 4
4 19 Karl Kling Mercedes 22 +6' 06.5 23 4
5 7 Sergio Mantovani Maserati 22 +8' 50.5 15 2
6 4 Piero Taruffi Ferrari 21 +1 lap 13
7 15 Harry Schell Maserati 21 +1 lap 14
8 25 Louis Rosier Ferrari 21 +1 lap 11
9 24 Robert Manzon Ferrari 20 +2 laps 12
10 9 Jean Behra Gordini 20 +2 laps 9
Ret 14 Prince Bira Maserati 18 Steering 19
Ret 21 Hermann Lang Mercedes 10 Spun Off 13
Ret 11 Clemar Bucci Gordini 8 Wheel 16
Ret 22 Theo Helfrich Klenk-BMW 8 Engine 21
Ret 20 Hans Herrmann Mercedes 7 Fuel Leak 4
Ret 10 Paul Frere Gordini 4 Wheel 4
Ret 3 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 3 Transmission 3
Ret 8 Roberto Mieres Maserati 2 Fuel Leak 17
Ret 16 Stirling Moss Maserati 1 Wheel Bearing 3
Ret 12 Andre Pilette Gordini 0 Suspension 20
DNS 6 Onofre Marimon Maserati Fatal Accident 8
DNS 5 Luigi Villoresi Maserati Withdrawn 10
DNS 17 Ken Wharton Maserati Withdrawn 22

Notes

  • Pole position: Juan Manuel Fangio - 9' 50.1
  • Fastest lap: Karl Kling - 9' 55.1
  • Shared Drive - Car #1: González (16 laps) then Hawthorn (6 laps). They would share the points for 2nd place.
  • The death of Onofre Marimon in a practice accident was Formula One's first driver fatality.
  • Final F1 Race for Hermann Lang.
  • At a time of 3 hours 45 minutes 45.8 seconds this is the longest (non Indy 500) F1 championship race in history.

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