1925 French Grand Prix

The 1925 French Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry on 26 July 1925.[1] It was the third race of the inaugural AIACR World Manufacturers' Championship. The race, which was 80 laps, was won by Robert Benoist driving a Delage 2LCV after starting from 8th place.[2]

It was the first Grand Prix to take place at the newly built Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry.[2]

The race was marred by the fatal crash of famous Italian driver Antonio Ascari, driving for Alfa Romeo. His son Alberto would go on to be Formula One world champion in the 1950s.

Background

Although the 1925 Grand Prix was held to the same technical regulations as in 1924, with cars allowed a maximum of 2-litre engine capacity, there were several important changes for 1925. For the first time the French Grand Prix was not held on public roads, instead being held at the newly built Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry which consisted of part of a high banked oval along with an artificial road circuit, a combination initially quite unpopular with the drivers.[3] Also for the first time, riding mechanics were banned although passenger seats were still required.[3]

Another important change for 1925 was the introduction of the World Manufacturers' Championship, held over four races in 1925, the French Grand Prix being the third. Although World Championship regulations required a minimum race distance of 800km (the distance used for the French Grand Prix each year since 1922) it was decided to run the 1925 edition over the longer distance of 1000km.[3][2]

Entries

After a fairly large entry in 1924, there were just 17 cars entered in 1925. Winners in 1924 and in the previous World Championship event, the European Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo were considered to be pre-race favourites with their P2s to be driven by the well established European Grand Prix winner Antonio Ascari and 1925 winner Giuseppe Campari, as well as the then nearly unknown Gastone Brilli-Peri. French hopes mainly rested on Delage, hoping to make up for their disappointment in Belgium, with four of their now supercharged V12 cars entered to be driven by Robert Benoist, Albert Divo and Louis Wagner, with the fourth car for Paul Torchy withdrawn. Bugatti entered a total of five cars, all T35s. Three were works cars for Jules Goux, Meo Costantini and Pierre de Vizcaya, while and were entered in their own cars.[3][2]

1923 winners Sunbeam entered three of their 1924 cars including one for 1923 winner Henry Segrave. Parry Thomas' entry was taken over by the non-starting 1.5 litre Eldridge Special. Also entered but not arriving was a Mathis.[3][2]

No. Driver Entrant Car
1 United Kingdom Henry Segrave Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
2 Wales John Godfrey Parry-Thomas J. G. Parry Thomas Thomas
3 Italy Giuseppe Campari SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
4 France De Brémond SA Mathis Mathis
5 Spain Pierre de Vizcaya Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
6 France Albert Divo Automobiles Delage Delage
7 Italy Giulio Masetti Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
8 Italy Antonio Ascari SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
9 France Jules Goux Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
10 France Robert Benoist Automobiles Delage Delage
11 Italy Caberto Conelli Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
12 Italy Gastone Brilli-Peri SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
13 Italy Meo Costantini Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
14 Germany Louis Wagner Automobiles Delage Delage 2LCV
15 Spain Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
16 France Automobiles Delage Delage 2LCV
17 Italy Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
Source:[2]

Starting grid

The starting grid was determined by ballot and was reduced to 14 cars following some withdrawals. The cars were lined up in rows of three, with pole on the right. The race started with a rolling start.[2]

Pos. Driver Entrant Car
1 United Kingdom Henry Segrave Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
2 Italy Giuseppe Campari SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
3 Spain Pierre de Vizcaya Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
4 France Albert Divo Automobiles Delage Delage
5 Italy Giulio Masetti Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
6 Italy Antonio Ascari SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
7 France Jules Goux Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
8 France Robert Benoist Automobiles Delage Delage
9 Italy Caberto Conelli Sunbeam Motor Car Company Sunbeam
10 Italy Gastone Brilli-Peri SA Ital. Ing. Nicola Romeo Alfa Romeo P2
11 Italy Meo Costantini Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
12 Germany Louis Wagner Automobiles Delage Delage 2LCV
13 Spain Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
14 Italy Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Bugatti T35
Source:[2]

Race

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 10 France Robert Benoist
France Albert Divo
Delage 2LCV 80 8h54m41.2
2 14 France Louis Wagner
France
Delage 2LCV 80 9h02m27.4
3 7 Italy Giulio Masetti Sunbeam 80 9h06m15.2
4 13 Italy Meo Costantini Bugatti T35 80 9h07m38.4
5 9 France Jules Goux Bugatti T35 80 9h15m11.2
6 15 Spain Bugatti T35 80 9h20m48.4
7 5 Spain Pierre de Vizcaya Bugatti T35 80 9h41m01.6
8 17 Italy Bugatti T35 80 9h49m38.6
Ret 3 Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo P2 40 Withdrawn
Ret 1 United Kingdom Henry Segrave Sunbeam 31 Engine
Ret 12 Italy Gastone Brilli-Peri Alfa Romeo P2 31 Withdrawn
Ret 11 Italy Caberto Conelli Sunbeam 22 Brakes
Ret 8 Italy Antonio Ascari Alfa Romeo P2 22 Fatal crash
Ret 6 France Albert Divo Delage 2LCV 7 Supercharger
DNA 2 United Kingdom Ernest Eldridge Eldrige Special Car not ready
DNA 4 France Mathis
DNA 16 France Delage 2LCV

References

  1. ^ Darren Galpin. "1925 Grands Prix, The GEL Motorsport Information Page". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Etzrodt, Hans. "Robert Benoist wins after Ascari crashed to his death". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hodges, David (1967). The French Grand Prix. pp. 78–81.


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