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1951 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,0,4)
Champion Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR,1,1)
Putative Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 375, 4.49-liter, twelve-cylinder vee, silumin engine, SOHC, three carburetors, four-speed, tubular frame, independent suspension, 355 horsepower (Aurelio Lampredi).

The FIA recognizes West Germany and welcomes the same to global motorsport in the 1951 racing season. Argentine and ALFA Romeo driver Juan Manuel Fangio earns his first Formula 1 drivers' title by a narrow margin over Alberto Ascari after taking the flag at the final meeting at Barcelona in October. Sir Stirling Moss makes his F1 debut at the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in May. F1 makes its inaugural visit to the Nürburgring in July and at Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain in October. Financially weakened SA ALFA Romeo elects to withdraw from Formula 1 racing in December. Departures: Several spectators due to Johnny Claes shunt, at practice, GP San Remo, Italy, April. Racing Evolution: Silicon-aluminum composition engine (Ferrari).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari110     Fangio56
SA Alfa Romeo93     Ascari Al46
Belanger Kurtis Offenhauser12     Gonzalez42
Robbins Kurtis Offenhauser8     Farina24
Hinkle Kurtis Offenhauser5     Villoresi21
Ec. Rosier Talbot Lago4     

Noteworthy 1951 Races

1951 XXXVIII Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France Reims, France1951 1951 XXXVIII Grand Prix de L'Automobile Club de France At Reims for the French Grand Prix (602 kilometers) in July, an Italian SA ALFA Romeo under Juan Manuel Fangio (AR) and Luigi Fagioli (IT) takes race honors in 3:22:11 (average 110.96 mph), under fifty-nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. The lead ALFA Romeos of Fangio and Fagioli take on service on Lap 20 where the team orders both drivers to swap entries. Fangio catches the coin after the Fagioli entry suffers brake failure, and the Argentine subsequently passes Fagioli for victory. Fagioli, furious in having to share his drive with the great Fangio, quits ALFA Romeo on the spot. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1935 IV RAC British Grand Prix Silverstone, England1951 1935 IV RAC British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (260 miles) in July, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 375 under José Froilán Gonzales (AR) takes the flag in 2:42:18.2 (average 96.11 mph), fifty-one seconds ahead of an ALFA Romeo entry. Gonzales only requires one stop to hold off the fuel-gulping ALFA Romeos and Scuderia Ferrari joyously celebrates its first Formula 1victory as its own make. Photo Credit: GP Library/UIG.