X GROßER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND
Nürburgring (D), 25 July 1937
22 laps x 22.810 km (14.17 mi) = 501.82 km (311.82 mi)
Caracciola's victory overshadowed by von Delius crash.
Lang led after one lap followed by Rosemeyer, Caracciola and von Brauchitsch. On the second lap Rosemeyer took the lead but then things went bad for
the Auto Union drivers. Rosemeyer had a long stop with a broken hub cap, Stuck retired with engine problems and Müller went off the track.
Then when von Delius tried to challenge the Mercedes drivers who held the four top positions he crashed with Seaman on the long straight and von Delius
received injuries that proved to be fatal. Lang was on a one stop strategy that failed. Caracciola won from von Brauchitsch while rosemeyer challenged through
the field to eventually finish third.
As usual the German teams came in force to the main event of the year, Mercedes using no less than 7 drivers
Final practice started with a typical Rosemeyer trick. He surprised everyone by landing his own airplane on the track
in front of the pits and jumping straight from the airplane into the car!
Rosemeyer was in great form during the weekend, being 11 seconds under his former record and 6 seconds faster than
anyone else. Then he squeezed his wife into the car and together they made a 12 minute lap on the ring.
The Auto Unions were in trouble with the carburettors during the practice, Stuck coming out the worst, was
only able to do a 10:35.3, 49 seconds slower than his teammate!
While everyone had expected Rosemeyer to take the pole, Lang's second place was more of a sensation. Especially
Nürburgring expert von Brauchitsch blew his fuses and had to be calmed down by Neubauer. It was probably about this
time that Caracciola and von Brauchitsch made an anti-Lang alliance.
At the pre-race briefing Korpsführer Hühnlein explained to the drivers that public displaying of affection, i.e. kissing
your wife or girlfriend on the pitlane was to be considered as non-Aryan behavior, and had to be stopped.
After hearing brass bands and seeing endless motorcycle parades the spectators finally saw the cars lining up on the grid
for the 11 AM start.
Just before the start all the drivers led by Rosemeyer climbed out their cars and run to the pits to give their wives and
girlfriends a long kiss to the delight of the spectators.|
The Mercedes-Benz strategy was that Lang should do a one-stop race, the others two stops.
As usual the Mercedes cars had the edge in the start, Lang leading from Caracciola. Once away Rosemeyer was soon up
at speed, passing the two Mercedes cars to take the lead, but on the long straight Lang re-passed to lead after one lap
followed by Rosemeyer, Caracciola and von Brauchitsch. Then there was a 10 second gap to the next group with Müller,
von Delius, Hasse, Nuvolari and Seaman.
On the second lap Rosemeyer was back at the front, having done the fastest lap of the race, Lang following 9 seconds
behind. Now Caracciola passed Lang and took up the chase on Rosemeyer. Rosemeyer passed the line for the third time
with a 11 seconds lead but in the Südkehre the hub cap of the right rear wheel disintegrated. The pit crew had an
anxious time before Rosemeyer reappeared in fourth place with his tyres in shreds, half a minute behind the Mercedes
trio led by Caracciola. Rosemeyer's pitstop took 3m33s as the rests of the hub cap had to be removed with chisel and hammer. Rosemeyer
returned to the track in tenth place.
It was a catastrophic race for Auto Union as Stuck was far back with engine problems and as Müller went off the track while
trying to avoid crashing into von Delius. Müller was unhurt but the car was destroyed.
Seaman passed von Delius and the Mercedes cars were now in positions 1-2-3-4. Stuck retired and von Delius, who was the only
Auto Union driver left to challenge the Mercedes team, was given orders from the pit to go faster.
On lap 6 when von Delius tried to pass Seaman on the long straight the Auto Union touched the hedge and then hit the Mercedes at 250 km/h.
The Mercedes crashed into a kilometer post, Seaman getting several wounds in his face and braking his nose.
Von Delius' Auto Union went through the left side hedge and over a field before ending up as a wreck on the main road outside
the race track, von Delius breaking a leg and receiving several other injuries.
Order: Caracciola, von Brauchitsch, Lang (trying to save his tyres), Kautz, Hasse and Nuvolari.
On lap 7 Caracciola and von Brauchitsch made their pitstops. Caracciola's stop took 36 seconds and he came out 8 seconds behind
leading Lang. Kautz, who was in shock after having been behind von Delius and seen the crash, went off the track but was able to return in 7th place.
Rosemeyer, who had risked everything on the last laps throwing the Auto Union sideways through the turns, went also off the
track but he was able to rejoin the race in 8th place with hay hanging out behind the car .
Lang's one stop strategy failed. He entered the pits on lap 9 with a puncture and as he had been coasting he had destroyed the plugs
so the pitstop became a long one. Rosemeyer, still trying hard, had advanced to fifth, in
front of Hasse, Kautz and Farina. He fell back to sixth for a while after a pitstop on lap 13 but was soon back up to
fourth place, 30 seconds behind Nuvolari. On lap 14 Caracciola made his second pitstop. Von Brauchitsch led for one lap
but then it was his turn to enter the pit. Rosemeyer had closed the gap to Nuvolari to 7 seconds and on the next lap he
had passed the Alfa. Order: Caracciola, von Brauchitsch, Rosemeyer, Nuvolari, Farina and Lang. Lang was back
to the pits on lap 17, again with a puncture and destroyed plugs. Rosemeyer and Nuvolari made their second stops and Caracciola was
in for the third time on lap 19 to change a rear wheel but was able to retain his lead.
Rosemeyer, who was 80 seconds behind von Brauchitsch, was doing the race of his life, every second being close
to disaster, closing the gap down to 15 seconds during the last laps. Rosemeyer's slowest lap during the race (except for pitstops)
had been 10m03s!
Caracciola took the flag to give Mercedes-Benz their first victory at the German GP since 1931.
After the race there were worrying news about von Delius condition with thrombosis and complications.
Still it came as a shock to the racing world when they woke up the next morning to hear that von Delius had died
in a similar case to Ronnie Peterson 41 years later.
|1.||12||Rudolf Caracciola||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||22||3h46m00.1s|
|2.||14||Manfred von Brauchitsch||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||22||3h46m46.3s||+ 46.2s|
|3.||4||Bernd Rosemeyer||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||22||3h47m01.4s||+ 1m01.3s|
|4.||22||Tazio Nuvolari||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||12C-36||4.1||V-12||22||3h50m04.0s||+ 4m03.9s|
|5.||8||Rudolf Hasse||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||22||3h51m25.0s||+ 5m25.0s|
|6.||20||Christian Kautz||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||22||3h52m10.3s||+ 6m10.2s|
|7.||16||Hermann Lang||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||21||3h46m47.0s|
|8.||44||Hans Rüesch||H. Rüesch||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||21||3h49m02.0s|
|9.||42||Kenneth Evans||K Evans||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||19|
|DNF||34||Luigi Soffietti||L. Soffietti||Maserati||6C-34||3.7||S-6||19|
|10.?||46||Ernõ Festetics||Graf Festetics||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||18|
|11.?||26||Attilio Marinoni||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||12C-36||4.1||V-12||18|
|12.||28||Vittorio Belmondo||Graf Salvi del Pero||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||18|
|DNF||48||László Hartmann||L. Hartmann||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||18||retired|
|DNF||24||Giuseppe Farina||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||12C-36||4.1||V-12||18||ignition|
|DNF||38||Franco Cortese||Scuderia Maremmana||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||7||chassis|
|DNF||2||Ernst von Delius||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||6||fatal crash with Seaman|
|DNF||18||Richard Seaman||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||6||crash with von Delius|
|DNF||10||Hans Stuck||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||6||engine|
|DNF||40||Paul Pietsch||P. Pietsch||Maserati||6C-34||3.7||S-6||5||fuel tank|
|DNF||30||Giovanni Minozzi||G. Minozzi||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||4||crash|
|DNF||52||Francesco Severi||Scuderia Maremmana||Maserati||6C-34||3.7||S-6||4||crash|
|DNF||32||Renato Balestrero||Scuderia Maremmana||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||3||fuel pipe|
|DNF||36||Edoardo Teagno||Scuderia Subauda||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||2||rear axle|
|DNF||50||Raymond Sommer||R. Sommer||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||2||rear axle|
|DNF||6||Hermann Müller||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||2||crash|
Fastest lap: Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union) on lap 2 in 9m53.4s = 138.4 km/h (86.0 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 133.2 km/h (82.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 140.1 m/h (87.0 mph)
Weather: clowdy, cold, windy, later clearing up.
1 or 2 August 1937: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) wins the "Großer Bergpreis von Deutschland"
hillclimb in Freiburg, Germany. |
2 August 1937: Raymond Mays (ERA 1.5L) wins the "JCC International Trophy" handicap race at
Brooklands, England. |
5 August 1937: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) wins the "La Turbie" hillclimb in France. |
6 August 1937: Laury Schell (Delahaye) wins the "Coupe de Prince Rainier" sports car race in Monaco |
IX GRAND PRIX DE MONACO
Circuit de Monaco (MC), 8 August 1937
100 laps x 3.180 km (1.976 mi) = 318.0 km (197.6 mi)
Caracciola took the lead from von Brauchitsch and Rosemeyer. While Caracciola and von Brauchitsch had a close fight
Hasse crashed in the tunnel, Rosemeyer retired with steering failure and Stuck fell back with car trouble, Rosemeyer eventually taking over his car.
Both Caracciola and von Brauchitsch had to make long pit stops and resumed their duel after the stops. Von Brauchitsch finally let Caracciola through as
he knew the latter had destroyed his tyres and had to make an extra pitstop. So von Brauchitsch won from Caracciola with Kautz a distant third to mek it a triple Mercedes victory.
Lang was out with influenza and 40 degrees fever and Seaman was still suffering from a broken nose and thumb after
his Nürburgring crash. Nuvolari was also a non starter, testing the new Alfa Romeo 12C/37 at Monza instead.
Friday practice times: von Brauchitsch 1m50.0s, Caracciola 1m50.2s, Rosemeyer 1m50.8s, Stuck 1m51.0s, Kautz 1m54.9s,
Zehender 1m55.9s, Rüesch 1m57.3s, Hasse 1m57.4s, Farina 1m58.6s, Brivio 2m00.5s, L. Hartmann 2m04.0s, Pintacuda 2m04.9s, Soffietti 2m07.3s.
Pietsch's Maserati was again leaking oil and he was not allowed to participate in final practice or to start in the race.
His best time was 2m01.2s.
Kautz crashed the Mercedes in the Casino curve on the Saturday practice session.
Charles Faroux dropped the flag and off they went, Caracciola leading from von Brauchitsch, Rosemeyer and Stuck.
Behind them there was a gap as Hasse crashed in the tunnel, the Auto Union coming
out backwards at full speed. In fifth place was Kautz followed by Zehender and Farina.
Hasse was taken away by the boat ambulance, fortunately he was not badly injured.|
After ten laps Kautz was up to fourth and Pintacuda was in
the pit with brake problems:
|3.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||18m46.8s|
|5.||Stuck (Auto Union)||19m24.1s|
|7.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||19m47.7s|
|8.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||20m23.6s|
|9.||Brivio (Alfa Romeo)||20m27.3s|
|10.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||20m33.9s|
|13.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||24m01.0s|
After 13 laps Pintacuda and Hartmann had already been lapped twice. The Mercedes duo had at one time opened up a
15 second gap to Rosemeyer, but the latter soon started to close the gap again and was right up with von Brauchitsch
when the steering failed on lap 19. Rosemeyer went into the sandbags at the Gasometre destroying the front of the car.20 laps:
|4.||Stuck (Auto Union)||38m43.8s|
|6.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||19m16.4s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||40m12.9s|
|8.||Brivio (Alfa Romeo)||40m13.3s|
|9.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||40m49.5s|
Kautz was now third, one minute behind von Brauchitsch, who was throwing the car around Monaco in huge power slides
setting a new lap record on lap 21 and catching up on Caracciola.
Brivio had to retire his Ferrari entered Alfa with a burst radiator while Stuck in 5th place was in the pits for
brake adjustments on lap 21, falling back to 8th. Then Stuck got stuck (sic!) behind Pintacuda, who refused to let him pass.
The race order after 30 laps looked like this:
|4.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||58m43.9s|
|6.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||59m54.8s|
|7.||Stuck (Auto Union)||1h00m21.9s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||1h01m01.7s|
|10.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||1h04m15.7s|
The fight between Caracciola and von Brauchitsch continued at the top, Zehender was third as Kautz had pitted for new
plugs at lap 36. On the next lap Stuck also stopped for new plugs and Rosemeyer took over Stuck's car.
Order after 40 laps:
|4.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||1h18m02.6s|
|6.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||1h19m35.8s|
|7.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||1h20m39.5s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||1h21m16.4s|
|10.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||1h28m59.0s|
Rosemeyer soon passed Sommer and started to catch Kautz.
A few laps before half distance Caracciola came rolling into the pit with an enormous noise from the engine. The engine was cured after a 3m15s
pitstop but von Brauchitsch now had a secure lead.
Situation at the halfway point:
|4.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||1h37m27.2s|
|6.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||1h39m06.5s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||1h39m12.0s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||1h41m31.5s|
|10.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||1h49m18.9s|
On lap 51 Kautz passed Farina, who had done a tremendous job in the Alfa,
and now there were four Mercedes cars in the top positions. Rosemeyer made a pitstop and handled the car back to Stuck.
On lap 55 Caracciola unlapped himself and went on to pull in von Brauchitsch's one lap advantage.
Order after 60 laps:
|5.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||1h57m45.7s|
|6.||Stuck (Auto Union)||1h58m29.3s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||2h00m02.7s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||2h02m24.9s|
|10.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||2h11m07.8s|
On lap 68 Rosemeyer was back on the track again, and on the next lap von Brauchitsch made his stop for fuel and tyres.
During the pitstop a front brake got stuck and von Brauchitsch lost much time, coming back to the track right just in front of
Caracciola. Race situation after lap 70:
|5.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||2h17m01.0s|
|6.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||2h18m26.6s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||2h19m50.1s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||2h23m46.8s|
|9.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||2h32m40.5s|
Now a new fight started between the two Mercedes drivers. Neubauer was furiously giving signals to
von Brauchitsch to let Caracciola pass and the driver replied by sticking out his tongue to the team manager
as he passed the pits. On lap 80 von Brauchitsch finally let Caracciola through as he knew the latter had destroyed
his tyres and had to make a pitstop on the next lap. Order after 80 laps:
|5.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||2h36m21.1s|
|6.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||2h36m57.4s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||2h39m25.5s|
|8.||Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)||2h43m51.3s|
|9.||Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)||2h59m26.9s|
Rosemeyer did a last charge, passing Farina on lap 86. Situation after 90 laps:
|5.||Rosemeyer (Auto Union)||?|
|6.||Farina (Alfa Romeo)||2h55m46.8s|
|7.||Sommer (Alfa Romeo)||2h58m57.7s|
Then von Brauchitsch went on to a fine but controversial victory from his teammates Caracciola nad Kautz.
Rosemeyer passed Zehender on lap 96 to finish fourth.
Although von Brauchitsch had disobeyed the team orders, there were no complains from Caracciola and the drivers remained,
if not friends, then at least allies in the internal Mercedes fight against Lang.
|1.||10||Manfred von Brauchitsch||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||100||3h07m23.9s|
|2.||8||Rudolf Caracciola||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||100||3h08m48.2s||+ 1m24.3s|
|3.||12||Christian Kautz||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||98||3h07m25.7s|
|4.||4||H. Stuck / B. Rosemeyer||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||97||3h08m21.7s|
|5.||14||Goffredo Zehender||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W125||5.7||S-8||97||3h08m33.1s|
|6.||24||Giuseppe Farina||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||12C-36||4.1||V-12||97||3h09m17.6s|
|7.||18||Raymond Sommer||R. Sommer||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||95||3h08m42.5s|
|8.||32||Hans Rüesch||H. Rüesch||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||92||3h07m55.5s|
|9.||26||C. Pintacuda / C. Trossi||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||87||3h07m45.6s|
|DNF||20||László Hartmann||L. Hartmann||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||69||engine|
|DNF||28||Clemente Biondetti||Scuderia Maremmana||Maserati||6C-34||3.7||S-6||27||engine|
|DNF||22||Antonio Brivio||Scuderia Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||12C-36||4.1||V-12||21||radiator|
|DNF||2||Bernd Rosemeyer||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||19||steering problems after crasch|
|DNF||30||Luigi Soffietti||L. Soffietti||Maserati||6C-34||3.7||S-6||3||fuel feed problem|
|DNF||6||Rudolf Hasse||Auto Union AG||Auto Union||C||6.0||V-16||1||crash|
Fastest lap: Rudolf Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) on lap 74 in 1m46.5s = 107.5 km/h (66.8 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 101.8 km/h (63.3 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 106.5 km/h (66.2 mph)
13 August 1937: The Targa Abruzzi
sports car race s run at the Pescara track in Italy.|
|1.||Franco Cortese||Alfa Romeo 2300B||653.325 km|
|2.||Giuseppe Salvi del Pero||Alfa Romeo 2300A||626.221 km|
|3.||Ovidio Capelli||Fiat 1500||611.389 km|
|4?||Renato Balestrero||Alfa Romeo 2300A|
|4?||Lotario Rangoni||Fiat 508|
|5.||Ruggero Minio||Fiat 1500|
|6.||Vittorio Mussolini||Fiat 1500|
14 August 1937: Herbert Hadley (Austin 0.7L) wins the Crystal Palace Cup
handicap race in London.