1948 French Grand Prix
|1948 French Grand Prix|
|Date||18 July 1948|
|Official name||XXXV Grand Prix de l'ACF|
|Course length||7.774 km (4.831 mi)|
|Distance||64 laps, 497.536 km (309.155 mi)|
1948 French Grand Prix Intro articles: 4
Official practice was held in very wet conditions. In spite of this Jean-Pierre Wimille was able to set a time of 2:35.2, not far from the record set in 1939 in dry conditions, nearly 10 seconds faster than Alberto Ascari and nearly 20 seconds faster than the fastest non-Alfa Romeo, Philippe Étancelin's Talbot-Lago.
As expected, the three Alfa Romeos lead at the start from the Talbot-Lagos. However, Luigi Villoresi's Maserati, which started from near the back of the grid, quickly moved up into third place ahead of Consalvo Sanesi in the third of the Alfas. Villoresi was starting to challenge Ascari for second place when forced to pit for what would be the first of many mechanical issues. This allowed Alfa Romeo to take an easy 1-2-3 win, two laps ahead of the best Talbot-Lago. Although Wimille and Ascari would swap for the lead a few times, mostly as a result of pitstops, they finished in the order decided by team manager Giovanni Guidotti which required Ascari to slow and allow Sanesi to pass him just before the finish.
1948 French Grand Prix Report articles: 6
- Hodges, David (1967). The French Grand Prix. pp. 135–138.
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