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The 1955 Italian Grand Prix was held on September 11. It was the seventh and final race of the season, after the cancellations of the French, German, Swiss and Spanish GPs in the wake of the Le Mans disaster. The race was run for the first time on a combined road course-oval circuit, measuring exactly 10 km long. The high speeds attained on the new oval section, combined with flaws in construction, caused a number of tire and suspension issues with the cars.

The race was won by newly-crowned World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, leading home teammate Piero Taruffi in a Mercedes 1-2. Eugenio Castellotti finished a rather distant third in a Ferrari. This was the last time a Mercedes chassis would run in Formula One for more than 50 years, as the team had already announced its withdrawal from all forms of racing in the aftermath of the Le Mans disaster.

BackgroundEdit


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1955 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 V8 2.5 E
4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 555 Ferrari 555 L4 2.5 E
6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 555 Ferrari 555 L4 2.5 E
8 France Maurice Trintignant Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 555 Ferrari 555 L4 2.5 E
10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 V8 2.5 E
12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 555 Ferrari 555 L4 2.5 E
14 Italy Piero Taruffi West Germany Daimler Benz AG Mercedes W196 Mercedes M196 L8 2.5 C
16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss West Germany Daimler Benz AG Mercedes W196 Mercedes M196 L8 2.5 C
18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio West Germany Daimler Benz AG Mercedes W196 Mercedes M196 L8 2.5 C
20 West Germany Karl Kling West Germany Daimler Benz AG Mercedes W196 Mercedes M196 L8 2.5 C
22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos France Equipe Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 23 L6 2.5 E
24 France Jean Lucas France Equipe Gordini Gordini T32 Gordini 25 L6 2.5 E
26 France Jacques Pollet France Equipe Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 23 L6 2.5 E
28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
30 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
36 France Jean Behra Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
40 United States John Fitch United Kingdom Stirling Moss Ltd. Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 D
42 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Vandervall Products Vanwall VW 55 Vanwall 254 L4 2.5 P
44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton United Kingdom Vandervall Products Vanwall VW 55 Vanwall 254 L4 2.5 P
46 Italy Luigi Piotti Italy Scuderia Volpini Arzani-Volpini F1 Maserati 4CLT L4 2.5 P

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1955 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Speed Gap Grid
1 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 2:46.5 216.216 1
2 16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes 2:46.8 215.827 +0.3 2
3 20 West Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 2:48.3 213.904 +1.8 3
4 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 2:49.6 212.264 +3.1 4
5 2 Italy Giuseppe Farina Lancia 2:49.9 211.889 +3.4 DNS
6 36 France Jean Behra Maserati 2:50.1 211.640 +3.6 5
7 28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 2:51.1 210.403 +4.6 6
8 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Lancia 2:51.6 209.790 +5.1 DNS
9 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes 2:51.8 209.546 +5.3 7
10 30 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 2:52.2 209.059 +5.7 8
11 32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Maserati 2:55.3 205.362 +8.8 9
12 12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 2:55.4 205.245 +8.9 10
13 42 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 2:55.5 205.128 +9.0 11
14 6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:56.2 204.313 +9.7 12
15 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 2:56.3 204.197 +9.8 13
16 34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 2:58.4 201.794 +11.9 14
17 44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Vanwall 2:59.5 200.557 +13.0 15
18 22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 2:59.8 200.222 +13.3 16
19 26 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 2:59.9 200.111 +13.4 17
20 40 United States John Fitch Maserati 3:03.1 196.614 +16.6 18
21 38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 3:05.2 196.614 +18.7 19
22 24 France Jean Lucas Gordini 3:15.9 183.767 +29.4 20
DNS 46 Italy Luigi Piotti Arzani-Volpini-Maserati Engine

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
______________ 2 Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Stirling Moss
Karl Kling
______________
______________ 4
5 Eugenio Castellotti
Jean Behra
______________
______________ 6
______________ 7 Roberto Mieres
8 Piero Taruffi
Luigi Musso
______________
______________ 9
10 Peter Collins
Umberto Maglioli
______________
______________ 11
______________ 12 Harry Schell
13 Mike Hawthorn
Maurice Trintignant
______________
______________ 14
15 Carlos Menditeguy
Ken Wharton
______________
______________ 16
______________ 17 Hermano da Silva Ramos
18 Jacques Pollet
John Fitch
______________
______________ 19
20 Horace Gould
Jean Lucas




RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1955 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Reason Grid Points
1 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 50 2:25:04.4 1 8
2 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes 50 +0.6 7 6
3 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 50 +46.1 4 4
4 36 France Jean Behra Maserati 50 +3:57.5 5 3
5 34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 49 +1 lap 14 2
6 12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 49 +1 lap 10
7 28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 48 +2 laps 6
8 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 47 +3 laps 13
9 40 United States John Fitch Maserati 46 +4 laps 18
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 38 Gearbox 12
Ret 20 West Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 32 Gearbox 3
Ret 30 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 31 Gearbox 8
Ret 38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 31 Oil pump 19
Ret 16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes 27 Engine 2 1
Ret 26 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 26 Engine 17
Ret 22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 23 Fuel pump 16
Ret 32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Maserati 22 Suspension 9
Ret 42 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 7 Suspension 11
Ret 24 France Jean Lucas Gordini 7 Engine 20
Ret 44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Vanwall 0 Fuel pump 15
DNS 2 Italy Giuseppe Farina Lancia
DNS 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Lancia
DNS 46 Italy Luigi Piotti Arzani-Volpini-Maserati

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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