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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. HartmannMaserati4CM2.5S-4
22Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
24Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12
26Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo12C-364.1V-12DNA - alternative driver
28Clemente BiondettiScuderia MaremmanaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
30Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
32Hans RüeschH. RüeschAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8



Mercedes duel

by Leif Snellman
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:
Practice times:
DriverThuFriSat
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1m50.2s1m50.5s1m47.5s
von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1m50.9s1m50.0s1m48.4s
Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1m59.0s1m51.6s1m49.0s
Stuck (Auto Union)1m51.0s1m51.4s1m49.2s
Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)1m54.2s1m54.2s1m49.7s
Hasse (Auto Union)1m54.0s1m57.2s1m51.6s
Müller* (Auto Union)1m56.0s1m51.9s
Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)1m55.9s2m02.2s1m53.3s
Farina (Alfa Romeo)1m58.6s1m53.4s
Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)2m04.9s1m55.6s
Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)1m57.3s1m55.8s
Brivio (Alfa Romeo)2m00.5s1m55.7s
Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1m59.6s1m57.6s
Pietsch* (Maserati)2m01.2s2m02.3s      -
Hartmann (Maserati)2m05.7s2m04.1s2m03.2s
Soffietti (Maserati)2m13.6s2m07.3s2m04.9s
Biondetti (Maserati)2m06.2s2m10.4s

Pietsch's Maserati was again leaking oil and he was not allowed to participate in final practice or to start in the race.
      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 and Pintacuda was in the pit with brake problems:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)18m39.2s
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)18m43.9s
3.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)18m46.8s
4.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)19m13.4s
5.Stuck (Auto Union)19m24.1s
6.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)19m17.4s
7.Farina (Alfa Romeo)19m47.7s
8.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)20m23.6s
9.Brivio (Alfa Romeo)20m27.3s
10.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)20m33.9s
11.Biondetti (Maserati)20m46.1s
12.Hartmann (Maserati)21m12.7s
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:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)37m03.9s
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)37m12.5s
3.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)38m12.3s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)38m43.8s
5.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)39m07.9s
6.Farina (Alfa Romeo)19m16.4s
7.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)40m12.9s
8.Brivio (Alfa Romeo)40m13.3s
9.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)40m49.5s
10.Biondetti (Maserati)41m06.2s
11.Hartmann (Maserati)42m04.6s

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:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)55m36.2s
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)55m46.6s
3.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)58m21.4s
4.Farina (Alfa Romeo)58m43.9s
5.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)59m07.9s
6.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)59m54.8s
7.Stuck (Auto Union)1h00m21.9s
8.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)1h01m01.7s
9.Hartmann (Maserati)1h02m47.8s
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:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h14m03.2s
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h14m30.5s
3.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)1h17m38.5s
4.Farina (Alfa Romeo)1h18m02.6s
5.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)1h19m12.6s
6.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1h19m35.8s
7.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h20m39.5s
8.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)1h21m16.4s
9.Hartmann (Maserati)1h23m56.4s
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:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h33m27.1s
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h35m26.7s
3.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)1h36m21.9s
4.Farina (Alfa Romeo)1h37m27.2s
5.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)1h38m03.3s
6.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h39m06.5s
7.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1h39m12.0s
8.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)1h41m31.5s
9.Hartmann (Maserati)1h46m18.2s
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:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h52m02.3s
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h53m36.6s
3.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)1h55m25.3s
4.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)1h56m50.4s
5.Farina (Alfa Romeo)1h57m45.7s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)1h58m29.3s
7.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)2h00m02.7s
8.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)2h02m24.9s
9.Hartmann (Maserati)2h06m07.5s
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:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h11m46.8s
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h11m47.8s
3.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)2h15m30.5s
4.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)2h16m51.8s
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:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h29m55.3s
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h29m55.6s
3.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)2h34m11.1s
4.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)2h35m55.5s
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:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h48m29.6s
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h50m02.4s
3.Kautz (Mercedes-Benz)2h52m40.8s
4.Zehender (Mercedes-Benz)2h55m00.0s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h55m21.9s
6.Farina (Alfa Romeo)2h55m46.8s
7.Sommer (Alfa Romeo)2h58m57.7s
8.Rüesch (Alfa Romeo)3h03m55.0s

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.

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
9.26C. Pintacuda / C. TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8873h07m45.6s
DNF20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati4CM2.5S-469engine
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:

Star 13 August 1937: The Targa Abruzzi sports car race s run at the Pescara track in Italy.
Results:
1.Franco CorteseAlfa Romeo 2300B653.325 km
2.Giuseppe Salvi del PeroAlfa Romeo 2300A626.221 km
3.Ovidio CapelliFiat 1500611.389 km
4?Renato BalestreroAlfa Romeo 2300A
4?Lotario RangoniFiat 508
5.Ruggero MinioFiat 1500
6.Vittorio MussoliniFiat 1500
Star 14 August 1937: Herbert Hadley (Austin 0.7L) wins the Crystal Palace Cup handicap race in London.



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