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Rudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-BenzManfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzBernd Rosemeyer - Auto Union

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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
4Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
8Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
10Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
Luigi FagioliAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16DNS - reserve
12Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
16Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
17?Walter BäumerDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - practice only
17?Heinz BrendelDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - practice only
18Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
20Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
20Hugo HartmannDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - reserve
22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNA
26Attilio MarinoniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12raced instead of Trossi
28Vittorio BelmondoGraf Salvi del PeroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
30Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziMaserati8CM3.0S-8
32Renato BalestreroScuderia MaremmanaAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
34Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
36Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SubaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
38Franco CorteseScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
40Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-6
42Kenneth EvansK EvansAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
44Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
46Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8
46Nicola FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - alternative driver
48László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
50Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
52Francesco SeveriScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
54Attilio MarinoniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNS - raced car #26
54Joel ThorneScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNS - alternative driver



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.
Entries:

     
Practice:
As usual the German teams came in force to the main event of the year, Mercedes using no less than 7 drivers during practice.
      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.
Race:

     
Pole Position
14
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
9m55.1s

16
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
9m52.2s

4
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
9m46.2s

22
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
10m08.4s

12
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
10m04.0s

18
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
10m12.3s

6
Müller

Auto Union
10m12.0s

8
Hasse

Auto Union
10m10.4s

20
Kautz

Mercedes-Benz
10m15.3s

2
von Delius

Auto Union
10m15.1s

44
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo
10m47.2s

10
Stuck

Auto Union
10m35.3s

24
Farina

Alfa Romeo
10.27.2

28
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo
11m28.3s

40
Pietsch

Maserati
11m23.1s

26
Marinoni

Alfa Romeo
12m01.0s

52
Severi

Maserati
11m47.3s

50
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
11m30.1s

32
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo
12m43.0s

42
Evans

Alfa Romeo
12m06.0s

38
Cortese

Maserati
14m04.3s

34
Soffietti

Maserati
13m29.4s

46
Festetics

Maserati
12m50.1s

30
Minozzi

Maserati
14m47.2s

48
L Hartmann

Maserati
13m53.0s

36
Teagno

Maserati
14m57.0s



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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.12Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8223h46m00.1s
2.14Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8223h46m46.3s+ 46.2s
3.4Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16223h47m01.4s+ 1m01.3s
4.22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12223h50m04.0s+ 4m03.9s
5.8Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16223h51m25.0s+ 5m25.0s
6.20Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8223h52m10.3s+ 6m10.2s
7.16Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8213h46m47.0s
8.44Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8213h49m02.0s
9.42Kenneth EvansK EvansAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-819
DNF34Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-619
10.?46Ernõ FesteticsGraf FesteticsMaserati8CM3.0S-818
11.?26Attilio MarinoniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1218
12.28Vittorio BelmondoGraf Salvi del PeroAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-818
DNF48László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-818retired
DNF24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1218ignition
DNF38Franco CorteseScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6CM1.5S-67chassis
DNF2Ernst von DeliusAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-166fatal crash with Seaman
DNF18Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-86crash with von Delius
DNF10Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-166engine
DNF40Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-65fuel tank
DNF30Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziMaserati8CM3.0S-84crash
DNF52Francesco SeveriScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6C-343.7S-64crash
DNF32Renato BalestreroScuderia MaremmanaAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-83fuel pipe
DNF36Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SubaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-82rear axle
DNF50Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-82rear axle
DNF6Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-162crash
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.



Vasco Sameiro - Alfa RomeoAntony Powys-Lybbe - Alfa RomeoBenedicto Lopes - Alfa Romeo

6° CIRCUITO INTERNACIONAL DE VILA REAL

Vila Real (P), 25 July 1937
30 laps x 7.2 km ( mi)= 216 km ( mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Vasco SameiroV. SameiroAlfa RomeoMonza2.6
Antony Powys-LybbeA. Powys-LybbeAlfa RomeoMonza2.3
Benedicto LopesB. LopezAlfa RomeoMonza2.3
Manuel de OliveiraM. de OliveiraFordV8 Especial
Jorge Melo e FaroConde de Monte RealBugattiT35CS-8
Henrique LehrfeldH. LehrfeldBugattiT35BS-8
Manuel RibasM. RibasFordV8 Especial
Teddy RaysonE. RaysonMaserati4CMS-4
Francisco Ribeiro FerreiraF. Ribeiro FerreiraBugattiT51S-8



Local driver Sameiro wins Portugeuese race
Entries:
Again the race was held in two parts. The sports-car race was held on 26 June 1937 and was won by Portuguese Casimiro de Oliveira with a Jaguar SS100. The Formula Libre race was held on 25 July 1937, over the usual 30 laps and contested by nine competitors, six local drivers, two Britons and Benedito Lopes (Alfa Romeo Monza) from Brazil - possibly the first Brazilian to race in Europe.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position?
Powes-Lybbe
Alfa Romeo

Rayson
Maserati

Sameiro
Alfa Romeo

Monte Real
Bugatti

Ribeiro Ferreira
Bugatti

de Oliveira
Ford

Ribas
Ford

Lopes
Alfa Romeo

Lehrfeld
Bugatti



Powys-Lybbe started from pole position but again Vasco Sameiro won the race, just like in 1936.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.Vasco SameiroV. SameiroAlfa RomeoMonza2.630108.081 km/h
2.Antony Powys-LybbeA. Powys-LybbeAlfa RomeoMonza2.330107.958 km/h
3.Benedicto LopesB. LopezAlfa RomeoMonza2.330107.317 km/h
4.Manuel de OliveiraM. de OliveiraFordV8 Especial30
5.Jorge Melo e FaroConde de Monte RealBugattiT35CS-830
6.Henrique LehrfeldH. LehrfeldBugattiT35BS-830
DNFManuel RibasM. RibasFordV8 Especial30halfshaft
DNFTeddy RaysonE. RaysonMaserati4CMS-411
DNFFrancisco Ribeiro FerreiraF. Ribeiro FerreiraBugattiT51S-830crash
Fastest lap:
Winner's medium speed: 108.081 km/h (67.2 mph)
Weather:



Achille Varzi - MaseratiPiero Dusio - MaseratiGiovanni Rocco - Maserati

CIRCUITO DI SAN REMO
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Circuit of San Remo (I), 25 July 1937
3 heats of 25 laps x 1.862 km (1.157 mi) = 46.55 km (29.93 mi)
Final of 30 laps x 1.862 km (1.157 mi) = 55.86 km (34.71 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
4Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6Luciano UboldiGruppo VoltaMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
8VillaVillaBugattiT511.5S-8
10Emilio VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
12Agostino ProsperiScuderia ImperoMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear
14Aldo MarazzaA. MarazzaMaserati4CS1.5S-4
16Achille VarziOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
18Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
20Ferdinando RighettiF. RighettiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
22Pasquale ErminiP. ErminiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
28Sergio CarnevalliGruppo VoltaMB1.5
30Gino RovereOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
32Giovanni RoccoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
34Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4
36Attilio BattilanaA. BattilanaMaserati1.5DNA - did not appear



Varzi turns to Voiturette racing.
Varzi made his first race appearence of the year. The event was run in three heats plus a final with Dusio, Varzi and Rocco winning the heats. varzi then domnated the final, winning by almost a lap.
The race was run in 3 heats the 2 best in each heat going to the final.
Entries:
The sensation of the race was the return of Achille Varzi, who had borrowed a works Maserati 4CM.
Practice:

     
Heat 1:

     
Pole Position?
2
Dusio

Maserati
1m12s

4
Bianco

Maserati
1m10s

10
E Villoresi

Maserati
1m12s

8
Villa

Bugatti




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-62530m29.4s 
2.10Emilio VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-62532m01.0s+ 1m31.6s
3.8VillaVillaBugattiT511.5S-82031m48.2s 
4.4Ettore BiancoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-618  
Fastest lap: Piero Dusio (Maserati) on lap 19 in 1m10.2s = 95.5 km/h (59.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 91.6 km/h (56.9 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 95.8 km/h (59.5 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:

     
Pole Position?
14
Marazza

Maserati
1m10s

16
Varzi

Maserati
1m08s

18
L Villoresi

Maserati
1m10s

20
Righetti

Maserati
1m08s

22
Ermini

Maserati





     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Achille VarziOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-42529m06.0s
2.22Pasquale ErminiP. ErminiMaserati4CM1.5S-42429m10.6s
3.20Ferdinando RighettiF. RighettiMaserati4CM1.5S-42429m22.0s
DNF18Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-615crash damage
DNF14Aldo MarazzaA. MarazzaMaserati4CS5ignition
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Maserati) on lap 2 in 1m07.8s = 98.9 km/h (61.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 96.0 km/h (59.6 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 98.6 km/h (61.3 mph)
Weather:
Heat 3:

     
Pole Position?
26
Lurani

Maserati
1m11s

28
Carnevalli

MB
1m18s

30
Rovere

Maserati
1m13s

32
Rocco

Maserati
1m13s

34
Barbieri

Maserati
1m15s




     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.32Giovanni RoccoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-62529m56.0s 
2.26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-42531m31.0s*+ 1m35.0s
DNF34Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-44crash 
DNF28Sergio CarnevalliGruppo VoltaMB1.54crash 
DNF30Gino RovereOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-64supercharger 
* Includes + 60s penalty for false start.
Fastest lap: Giovanni Rocco (Maserati) on lap 2 in 1m10.2s = 95.5 km/h (59.3 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 93.3 km/h (58.0 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 94.4 km/h (58.7 mph)
Weather:
Final:

     
Pole Position?
16
Varzi

Maserati

32
Rocco

Maserati

2
Dusio

Maserati

22
Ermini

Maserati

26
Lurani

Maserati

10
E Villoresi

Maserati



Heat one was won by Dusio from E Villoresi (6CM). Varzi easily won heat 2 from Ermini, as his main rivals got trouble. Rocco won heat 3, Lurani finishing second despite an 1 minute penalty for jumping the start. In the final Dusio managed to keep in front of Varzi for four laps. Then the former Grand Prix star just went by and vanished from Dusio's sight.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Achille VarziOfficine A MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-43034m39.6s 
2.2Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-63035m26.2s+ 46.6s
3.32Giovanni RoccoOfficine A MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-63035m31.0s+ 51.4s
4.22Pasquale ErminiP. ErminiMaserati4CM1.5S-42935m40.3s 
DNF26Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-411  
DNF10Emilio VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-62  
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Maserati) on lap 4 in 1m07.0s = 100.0 km/h (62.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 96.7 km/h (60.12 mph)
Weather:

Star 1 or 2 August 1937: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) wins the "Großer Bergpreis von Deutschland" hillclimb in Freiburg, Germany.
Star 2 August 1937: Raymond Mays (ERA 1.5L) wins the "JCC International Trophy" handicap race at Brooklands, England.
Star 5 August 1937: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) wins the "La Turbie" hillclimb in France.
Star 6 August 1937: Laury Schell (Delahaye) wins the "Coupe de Prince Rainier" sports car race in Monaco



Manfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzRudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-BenzChristian Kautz - Mercedes-Benz

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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
4Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
6Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16
8Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
10Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8
12Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8replacing Lang
12Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - driver ill
14Goffredo ZehenderDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8replacing Seaman
14Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8DNS - driver ill
16Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati6C-343.7S-6DNS - did not start
18Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
26Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8DNA - alternative driver
28Clemente BiondettiScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
30Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
32Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8



Mercedes duel
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.
Entries:
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.
     
Practice:
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.
Race:

     
Pole Position
2
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
1m49.0s

10
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
1m48.4s

8
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
1m47.5s

12
Kautz

Mercedes-Benz
1m49.7s

4
Stuck

Auto Union
1m49.2s

24
Farina

Alfa Romeo
1m53.4s

14
Zehender

Mercedes-Benz
1m53.3s

6
Hasse

Auto Union
1m51.6s

32
Rüesch

Alfa Romeo
1m55.8s

26
Pintacuda

Alfa Romeo
1m55.6s

20
L Hartmann

Maserati
2m03.2s

18
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
1m57.6s

22
Brivio

Alfa Romeo
1m56.7s

28
Biondetti

Maserati
2m10.4s

30
Soffietti

Maserati
2m04.9s



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, Pintacuda was in the pit with brake problems and Farina had succeeded in passing Zehender. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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 in front of Caracciola.
      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. Then von Brauchitsch went on to a fine but controversial victory. Rosemeyer did a last charge, passing Farina on lap 86 and Zehender on lap 96 finishing 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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.10Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-81003h07m23.9s
2.8Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-81003h08m48.2s+ 1m24.3s
3.12Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8983h07m25.7s
4.4H. Stuck / B. RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-16973h08m21.7s
5.14Goffredo ZehenderDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1255.7S-8973h08m33.1s
6.24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12973h09m17.6s
7.18Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8953h08m42.5s
8.32Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8923h07m55.5s
9.26Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8873h07m45.6s
DNF20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-869engine
DNF28Clemente BiondettiScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6C-343.7S-627engine
DNF22Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-1221radiator
DNF2Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-1619steering problems after crasch
DNF30Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-63fuel feed problem
DNF6Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionC6.0V-161crash
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)
Weather:

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