1935 French Grand Prix

1935 French Grand Prix
Race 2 of 7 in the 1935 European Championship
Circuit (ébauche).svg
Race details
Date23 June 1935
Official nameXXIX Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France
LocationMontlhéry, France
CourseAutodrome de Linas-Montlhéry
Course length12.50 km (7.767 mi)
Distance40 laps, 500.0 km (310.7 mi)
Pole position
DriverAuto Union
Fastest lap
DriverItaly Tazio NuvolariAlfa Romeo

The 1935 French Grand Prix (formally the XXIX Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France) was a Grand Prix motor race which was held at Montlhéry, France on 23 June 1935. The race lasted 500 km (12.5 km x 40 laps) and was won by Rudolf Caracciola driving a Mercedes-Benz.


For the first time, the Automobile Club of France decided that the grid positions should be set by practice times, rather than by ballot, a practice introduced in Europe at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Having witnessed the more powerful German cars winning nearly every race they entered (notably not the 1934 French Grand Prix), the organisers decided to reduce the speeds of the Montlhéry circuit by installing three slow chicanes. This was ultimately successful in ensuring the competitiveness of the Alfa Romeos, with Tazio Nuvolari able to set second fastest time in practice, and completing the fastest lap of the race, albeit 23 seconds slower than last year's fastest lap due to the chicanes.[1]

Starting Grid (3x2)

18Italy Achille VarziAuto Union B5:20.1
214Italy Tazio NuvolariAlfa Romeo Tipo-B P35:23.6
310Germany Hans StuckAuto Union B5:28.8
42Germany Rudolf CaracciolaMercedes-Benz W255:31.6
516Monaco Louis ChironAlfa Romeo Tipo-B P35:31.9
612Germany Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union B5:36.6
76Italy Luigi FagioliMercedes-Benz W255:37.9
84Germany Manfred von BrauchitschMercedes-Benz W255:46.6
924France Robert BenoistBugatti T59/50
1018Italy Goffredo ZehenderMaserati Tipo 346:10.8
1120France Raymond SommerMaserati 8CM
DNQ22France Marcel LehouxSEFACPracticed only


12Germany Rudolf CaracciolaMercedes-Benz W25B404h00m54.6
24Germany Manfred von BrauchitschMercedes-Benz W25B40+0.5
318Italy Goffredo ZehenderMaserati Tipo 3438+2 laps
46Italy Luigi FagioliMercedes-Benz W25B37+3 laps
58Italy Achille Varzi
Germany Bernd Rosemeyer
Auto Union B35+5 laps
620France Raymond SommerMaserati 8CM35+5 laps
NC24France Robert BenoistBugatti T59/5016Not Classified
Ret14Italy Tazio NuvolariAlfa Romeo Tipo-B P314Transmission
Ret12Germany Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union B11Spark plugs/transmission?
Ret16Monaco Louis ChironAlfa Romeo Tipo-B P38Transmission
Ret10Germany Hans StuckAuto Union B7Brakes

Fastest Lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo Tipo-B P3) 5:29.1, 136.74 km/h



  1. ^ Hodges, David (1967). The French Grand Prix. pp. 111–114.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-05-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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