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1939 Grand Prix season

Sports season

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1939 AIACR European Championship
European Champion
Officially undeclared due to outbreak of war[1]
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1939 Grand Prix season
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Last full season before World War II

The 1939 Grand Prix season was the seventh AIACR European Championship season. The championship winner was never officially announced by the AIACR due to the outbreak of World War II less than two weeks after the final event in Switzerland. The Italian GP initially had been a fifth event, but it became clear well before the war that it would be cancelled due to construction work. At that time, it was also undecided which scoring system would be used, the old minimum points system that basically counted positions, or the French maximum points system similar to the modern one. Although Hermann Paul Müller would have won the championship on points according to the old system, the president of Nazi Germany's highest motorsports organisation declared Hermann Lang the champion.[1] Lang was clearly the dominating driver in that season, which was acknowledged by the international press. In the first two of the four championship events, both Lang and Müller won once while the other failed to complete 75% of the distance. The German round saw Lang retiring early, and Müller finishing 2nd behind Carraciola. This left Müller in the lead in both scoring systems, as published in magazines, with the Swiss round deciding the outcome. Müller finished 4th behind three Mercedes, which gave him the lead in the old point system, while in front, Lang had beaten Carraciola for the lead in the maximum points system.

1939 Grand Prix season Intro articles: 3

Season review

Mercedes-Benz competed with the W154.
The Auto Union D Type.

European Championship Grands Prix

Rd Date Name Circuit Winning drivers Winning constructor Report
1 25 June Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
2 9 July French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux Hermann Paul Müller Auto Union Report
3 23 July German Grand Prix Nürburgring Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
4 20 August Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report

Non-championship Grands Prix

Grandes Épreuves are denoted by a yellow background.

Date Name Circuit Winning driver Winning constructor Report
2 April Pau Grand Prix Pau Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
10 April Road Championship Brooklands Arthur Dobson ERA Report
7 May Paris Cup Montlhéry Jean-Pierre Wimille Bugatti Report
7 May Finnish Grand Prix Eläintarharata Adolf Westerblom Alfa Romeo Report
21 May Eifelrennen Nürburgring Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Report
28 May Grand Prix des Frontières Chimay Maurice Trintignant Bugatti Report
25 June Bucharest Grand Prix Bucharest Hans Stuck Auto Union Report
2 July Remparts Grand Prix Angoulême Raymond Sommer Alfa Romeo Report
7 August Campbell Trophy Brooklands Raymond Mays ERA Report
3 September Belgrade Grand Prix Belgrade Tazio Nuvolari Auto Union Report
29 October Gávea Nacional Circuit Gávea Manuel de Teffé Maserati Report

1939 Grand Prix season Season review articles: 43

Unofficial championship standings

Pos Driver BEL
1 Hermann Paul Müller Ret 1 2 4 12
2 Hermann Lang 1 Ret Ret 1 14
3 Rudolf Caracciola Ret Ret 1 2 17
4 Manfred von Brauchitsch 3 Ret Ret 3 19
= Tazio Nuvolari Ret Ret Ret 5 19
6 Rudolf Hasse 2 Ret Ret 20
= René Dreyfus 7 4 8 20
8 Georg Meier Ret 2 Ret 22
9 Raymond Sommer 4 5 Ret 23
= Hans Stuck 6 Ret 10 23
11 Robert Mazaud 5 6 24
= "Raph" 9 5 24
13 Giuseppe Farina Ret 7 25
14 Paul Pietsch 3 Ret 26
15 René Le Bègue 3 27
16 Louis Gérard 6 28
= Philippe Étancelin 4 28
= Luigi Chinetti 8 28
= Leonhard Joa 7 28
= Hans Hartmann 6 28
= Clemente Biondetti 9 28
= Kenneth Evans 11 28
= John Wakefield 12 28
= Robert Ansell 13 28
25 Richard Seaman Ret 29
= Adolfo Mandirola Ret DSQ 29
= Toulo de Graffenried Ret 29
28 Yves Matra Ret 30
= Luigi Villoresi Ret 30
30 Raymond Mays Ret 31
= Heinz Brendel Ret 31
= Giovanni Rocco Ret 31
Pos Driver BEL
Colour Result Points
Gold Winner 1
Silver 2nd place 2
Bronze 3rd place 3
Green Completed more than 75% 4
Blue Completed between 50% and 75% 5
Purple Completed between 25% and 50% 6
Red Completed less than 25% 7
Black Disqualified 8
Blank Did not participate 8



  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Richard. "Unfinished Symphony: Why the 1939 European Championship was never won". 8W. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  2. ^ according to the old minimum points system