The 1953 British Grand Prix was a Formula Two motor race held on 18 July 1953 at Silverstone Circuit. It was the sixth round of the 1953 World Drivers' Championship, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 90-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. Juan Manuel Fangio finished second for the Maserati team and Ascari's teammate Nino Farina came in third.
With Mike Hawthorn's victory at the French Grand Prix at the previous round of the championship in Reims, Britain had for the very first time enjoyed success in the premier category of grand prix racing. There was great anticipation amongst the British crowd, their leading driver was now second in the championship standings. However he still notably had a 14 points deficit to Ferrari teammate and championship leader, Alberto Ascari.
The top two teams arrived with their usual quartet of drivers as their line-up. Participating for Ferrari as usual were Alberto Ascari, Giuseppe Farina, Luigi Villoresi and Britain's new hero, Mike Hawthorn. There were rumours abound that Ferrari were set to debut a new car at Silverstone, however these amounted to nothing as Ferrari arrived at the circuit with their regular 500 chassis. Maserati likewise were relatively unchanged from Reims and had their own quartet of Juan Manuel Fangio, José Froilán González, Onofre Marimón and Felice Bonetto.
After a disappointing showing at their home grand prix in France, Gordini had cut down to only three cars for Maurice Trintignant, Jean Behra and Harry Schell. There were rumours that the team was developing a new car to combat the performance deficiencies between them and the leading cars of Ferrari and Maserati, however this update had failed to materialise for Silverstone.
There was increased presence from the British contingent for their home grand prix. Aside from their usual line-up of Peter Collins and Lance Macklin, HWM entered an extra two cars for Jack Fairman and Duncan Hamilton. The cars were noted by Motorsport Magazine as looking particularly "tired."
Cooper works entrant would see the return of Peter Whitehead in the new Alta engined T24. Stirling Moss was also due to race for the team, however following the break down of his car at Reims, he would be forced to sit out his home grand prix. Ecurie Ecosse also entered a Cooper for Jimmy Stewart.
There was a large presence of privateers for the British Grand Prix. Emmanuel de Graffenried in his Maserati, as well as Louis Rosier entering his Ferrari were among the regular privateers. Despite an uncompetitive performance from Louis Chiron in Reims, he returned to the grid in Britain despite running the unreliable OSCA car.
The full entry list for the 1953 British Grand Prix is outlined below:
|0||Louis Rosier||Ecurie Rosier||Ferrari||500||Ferrari||500 2.0 L4|
|1||Lance Macklin||HW Motors||HWM||53||Alta||GP 2.5 L4|
|2||Peter Collins||HW Motors||HWM||53||Alta||GP 2.5 L4|
|3||Duncan Hamilton||HW Motors||HWM||53||Alta||GP 2.5 L4|
|4||Jack Fairman||HW Motors||HWM||53||Alta||GP 2.5 L4|
|5||Alberto Ascari||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||500||Ferrari||500 2.0 L4|
|6||Nino Farina||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||500||Ferrari||500 2.0 L4|
|7||Luigi Villoresi||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||500||Ferrari||500 2.0 L4|
|8||Mike Hawthorn||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||500||Ferrari||500 2.0 L4|
|2||23||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati||90||+1:00||4||6|
|3||6||Nino Farina||Ferrari||88||+2 Laps||5||4|
|4||24||José Froilán González||Maserati||88||+2 Laps||2||3.5|
|5||8||Mike Hawthorn||Ferrari||87||+3 Laps||3||2|
|6||25||Felice Bonetto||Maserati||82||+8 Laps||16|
|7||10||Prince Bira||Connaught-Lea-Francis||82||+8 Laps||19|
|8||16||Ken Wharton||Cooper-Bristol||80||+10 Laps||11|
|Ret||18||Jimmy Stewart||Cooper-Bristol||79||Spun off||15|
|9||20||Peter Whitehead||Cooper-Alta||79||+11 Laps||14|
|10||9||Louis Rosier||Ferrari||78||+12 Laps||24|
|Ret||2||Peter Collins||HWM-Alta||56||Spun off||23|
|Ret||31||Toulo de Graffenried||Maserati||34||Clutch||26|
|Ret||30||Jean Behra||Gordini||30||Fuel Pump||22|
|Ret||11||Kenneth McAlpine||Connaught-Lea-Francis||0||Water hose||13|
|Ret||22||Tony Crook||Cooper-Bristol||0||Fuel System||25|
Standings after raceEdit
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