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The 1953 Italian Grand Prix was (with the cancellation of the Spanish Grand Prix) the final race of the 1953 season. It was held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 13. An exciting slipstreaming battle among several drivers saw leader Alberto Ascari spin out of contention on the final lap, giving victory to Juan Manuel Fangio.


BackgroundEdit

With the world championship having been decided three weeks earlier at Berne, the Italian GP had a rather anticlimactic air to it. But Enzo Ferrari filled the news void, by announcing that the Ferrari team was withdrawing from auto racing, effective immediately. Ferrari's growing reputation for erratic behavior was enhanced, when not only did the team arrive with no fewer than six of their 500 models, but in practice a brand new model 553 was tested.

The 553 was designed to be run in the new 2.5 liter formula, but appeared at Monza with the Typo 500 2.0 liter engine, purely as a shakedown test. The car was not a success in 1954, only winning one race before the model was retired.

Maserati showed up with four factory cars and three privateers. Much of their effort was in testing new drivers, as the recovery of José Froilán González, who suffered a cracked vertebra in a sports car race in Lisbon, was not guaranteed. Filling out the field were four Connaughts, four Coopers (including one for rising star Stirling Moss), three Gordinis, three HWMs and two French OSCAs. All told the entry was second in the European races only to Germany.


Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1953 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
4 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
6 Italy Giuseppe Farina Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
10 Italy Umberto Maglioli Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
12 Italy Piero Carini Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P
14 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HW Motors HWM 53 Alta Alta GP 2.5 L4 D
16 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous HW Motors HWM 53 Alta Alta GP 2.5 L4 D
18 United States John Fitch HW Motors HWM 53 Alta Alta GP 2.5 L4 D
20 United Kingdom Jack Fairman Connaught Engineering Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Lea-Francis 2.0 L4 D
22 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Connaught Engineering Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Lea-Francis 2.0 L4 D
24 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught Engineering Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Lea-Francis 2.0 L4 D
26 Belgium Johnny Claes Connaught Engineering Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Lea-Francis 2.0 L4 D
28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper Car Company Cooper T23 Alta Alta GP 2.5 L4 D
30 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Ken Wharton Cooper T23 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
32 Monaco Louis Chiron Louis Chiron OSCA 20 OSCA 2000 2.0 L6 P
34 France Élie Bayol OSCA Automobili OSCA 20 OSCA 2000 2.0 L6 P
36 France Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
38 United States Harry Schell Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
40 Argentina Roberto Mieres Equipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 Gordini 20 2.0 L6 E
42 Brazil Chico Landi Scuderia Milano Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
44 Thailand Prince Bira Scuderia Milano Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
46 United Kingdom Alan Brown Equipe Anglaise Cooper T23 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
48 Germany Hans Stuck Hans Stuck AFM 6 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D
50 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
52 Italy Felice Bonetto Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
54 Argentina Onofre Marimón Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
56 Italy Sergio Mantovani Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
58 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P
64 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P

Practice OverviewEdit

Qualifying Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:02.7
2 50 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 2:03.2 + 0.5
3 6 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 2:03.9 + 1.2
4 54 Argentina Onofre Marimón Maserati 2:04.1 + 1.4
5 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:04.6 + 1.9
6 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:04.9 + 2.2
7 52 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 2:05.1 + 2.4
8 36 France Maurice Trintignant Gordini 2:05.7 + 3.0
9 58 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:05.9 + 3.2
10 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Alta 2:06.6 + 3.9
11 10 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 2:06.9 + 4.2
12 56 Italy Sergio Mantovani Maserati 2:07.5 + 4.8
13 34 France Élie Bayol OSCA 2:07.8 + 5.1
14 22 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Connaught-Lea Francis 2:08.0 + 5.3
15 38 United States Harry Schell Gordini 2:08.5 + 5.8
16 40 Argentina Roberto Mieres Gordini 2:08.8 + 6.1
17 64 France Louis Rosier Ferrari 2:08.9 + 6.2
18 24 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Connaught-Lea Francis 2:09.0 + 6.3
19 30 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Cooper-Bristol 2:09.3 + 6.6
20 12 Italy Piero Carini Ferrari 2:09.5 + 6.8
21 42 Brazil Chico Landi Maserati 2:09.7 + 7.0
22 20 United Kingdom Jack Fairman Connaught-Lea Francis 2:09.9 + 7.2
23 44 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 2:10.1 + 7.4
24 46 United Kingdom Alan Brown Cooper-Bristol 2:10.5 + 7.8
25 32 Monaco Louis Chiron OSCA 2:10.8 + 8.1
26 18 United States John Fitch HWM-Alta 2:11.0 + 8.3
27 14 United Kingdom Lance Macklin HWM-Alta 2:11.5 + 8.8
28 16 France Yves Giraud Cabantous HWM-Alta 2:11.9 + 9.2
29 48 Germany Hans Stuck AFM-Bristol 2:13.0 + 10.3
30 26 Belgium Johnny Claes Connaught-Lea Francis 2:14.6 + 11.9

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
______________ 2 Alberto Ascari
3 Juan Manuel Fangio
Giuseppe Farina
______________
______________ 4
______________ 5 Onofre Marimón
6 Luigi Villoresi
Mike Hawthorn
______________
______________ 7
______________ 8 Felice Bonetto
9 Maurice Trintignant
Toulo de Graffenried
______________
______________ 10
______________ 11 Stirling Moss
12 Umberto Maglioli
Sergio Mantovani
______________
______________ 13
______________ 14 Élie Bayol
15 Roy Salvadori
Harry Schell
______________
______________ 16
______________ 17 Roberto Mieres
18 Louis Rosier
Kenneth McAlpine
______________
______________ 19
______________ 20 Ken Wharton
21 Piero Carini
Chico Landi
______________
______________ 22
______________ 23 Jack Fairman
24 Prince Bira
Alan Brown
______________
______________ 25
______________ 26 Louis Chiron
27 John Fitch
Lance Macklin
______________
______________ 28
______________ 29 Yves Giraud-Cabantous
30 Hans Stuck
Johnny Claes


RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts.
1 50 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati 80 2:49:45.9 2 9
2 6 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari 80 +1.4 3 6
Ret 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari 79 Accident 1  
3 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari 79 +1 Lap 5 4
4 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari 79 +1 Lap 6 3
5 36 France Maurice Trintignant France Gordini 79 +1 Lap 8 2
Ret 52 Italy Felice Bonetto Italy Maserati 77 Out of fuel 7  
6 40 Argentina Roberto Mieres France Gordini 77 +3 Laps 16  
7 56 Italy Sergio Mantovani
Italy Luigi Musso
Italy Maserati 76 +4 Laps 12  
Ret 54 Argentina Onofre Marimón Italy Maserati 75 Accident 4  
8 10 Italy Umberto Maglioli Italy Ferrari 75 +5 Laps 11  
9 38 United States Harry Schell France Gordini 75 +5 Laps 15  
10 32 Monaco Louis Chiron France OSCA 72 +8 Laps 25  
11 44 Thailand Prince Bira Italy Maserati 72 +8 Laps 23  
Ret 58 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati 70 Engine 9  
12 46 United Kingdom Alan Brown France Cooper-Bristol 70 +10 Laps 24  
13 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Alta 70 +10 Laps 10  
14 48 Germany Hans Stuck United Kingdom AFM-Bristol 67 +13 Laps 29  
15 16 France Yves Giraud Cabantous United Kingdom HWM-Alta 67 +13 Laps 28  
16 64 France Louis Rosier Italy Ferrari 65 +15 Laps 17  
NC 20 United Kingdom Jack Fairman United Kingdom Connaught-Lea Francis 61 +19 Laps 22  
NC 30 United Kingdom Ken Wharton United Kingdom Cooper-Bristol 57 +23 Laps 19  
NC 24 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine United Kingdom Connaught-Lea Francis 56 +24 Laps 18  
Ret 12 Italy Piero Carini Italy Ferrari 40 Engine 20  
Ret 22 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Connaught-Lea Francis 33 Throttle 14  
Ret 42 Brazil Chico Landi Italy Maserati 18 Engine 21  
Ret 34 France Élie Bayol France OSCA 17 Engine 13  
Ret 18 United States John Fitch United Kingdom HWM-Alta 14 Engine 26  
Ret 26 Belgium Johnny Claes United Kingdom Connaught-Lea Francis 7 Fuel line 30  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Lance Macklin United Kingdom HWM-Alta 6 Engine 27  

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