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1954 French Grand Prix

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Date  4 July 1954
Course length  8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Course  Temporary road course
1954 French Grand Prix
Official name  XLI Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location  Reims Circuit, Reims, France
Distance  61 laps, 506.422 km (314.676 mi)

The 1954 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims on 4 July 1954, the same date as the 1954 Football World Cup Final. It was the fourth round of the 1954 World Drivers' Championship. The 61-lap race was won by Mercedes driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from pole position. His teammate Karl Kling finished second and Ferrari river Robert Manzon came in third.


Race report

The long-awaited Mercedes W196 with its straight-8 fuel-injection engine made its debut with Juan Manuel Fangio transferring from Maserati to join an otherwise all-German line-up of Hans Herrmann, Karl Kling and pre-war driver Hermann Lang. It was a dominant return with Fangio recording a practice lap of 124.31 mph. He and Kling led away and continued to race side by side around the Rheims track. The Ferrari drivers simply couldn't cope with the pace. José Froilán González retired after 12 laps and Mike Hawthorn's car blew up spectacularly. Former Ferrari double World Champion (1952 & 1953) Alberto Ascari drove a Maserati, as the Lancia D50 was not yet ready for racing and lasted only 1 lap after starting on the outside of the front row. Herrmann set fastest lap before retiring, but Fangio and Kling continued their duel until the last lap when team orders were put in force and Fangio led Kling over the line by a mere 0.1 seconds-half a car length. Only six cars finished the gruelling race.

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship.
  • References

    1954 French Grand Prix Wikipedia

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