1937 Swiss Grand Prix

1937 Swiss Grand Prix
Race 4 of 5 in the 1937 European Championship
Circuit Bremgarten.svg
Race details
Date22 August 1937
Official nameIV Großer Preis der Schweiz
LocationBremgarten
Bern, Switzerland
CourseRoad course
Course length7.28 km (4.52 mi)
Distance50 laps, 364.00 km (226.18 mi)
WeatherWet, drying
Pole position
DriverMercedes-Benz
Time2:32.0
Fastest lap
DriverGermany Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union
Time2:36.1
Podium
FirstMercedes-Benz
SecondMercedes-Benz
ThirdMercedes-Benz

The 1937 Swiss Grand Prix was a 750 kg Formula race held on 22 August 1937 at the Bremgarten Circuit.

Race Report

After the start, Hans Stuck chopped across the nose of the other drivers to take the early lead, followed by Caracciola and Rosemeyer. Rosemeyer was soon in trouble though, under pressure from Lang he skidded off the circuit and was bogged down in the wet ground. Some spectators came to his assistance but their help would have resulted in a disqualification so he retired his car.

Stuck could not maintain his early pace under pressure from the Mercedes' and was soon passed by Caracciola, Lang and von Brauchitsch.

Nuvolari drove for the Auto Union team for this race as he wasn't impressed with the new Alfa. However, the tricky rear-engined Auto Union was not a car to race without some practice, even for a man of Nuvolari's skill. The wet track simply compounded his problems. Whilst running in 8th place he was called into the pits and the car-less Rosemeyer took over, eventually getting up to 5th place and putting in the fastest lap in his chase after the Mercedes'.

Fagioli was also having problems being in some pain with his hip, when he retired Nuvolari decided to give it another go and brought the car home 7th.

In the closing laps Lang closed on Caracciola but was ordered to maintain position and von Brauchitsch passed Stuck for a Mercedes 1,2,3.

Classification

PosNoDriverTeamCarLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
114Germany Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W125502:17:39.311
218Germany Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W12550+ 29.452
312Germany Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W12550+ 1:06.443
410Germany Hans StuckAuto UnionAuto Union C50+ 1:07.534
56Italy Tazio NuvolariAuto UnionAuto Union C50+ 1:21.274
Germany Bernd Rosemeyern/a
616Switzerland Christian KautzDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W12549+ 1 Lap94
74Italy Luigi FagioliAuto UnionAuto Union C49+ 1 Lap84
Italy Tazio Nuvolarin/a
822France Raymond SommerScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo 12C-3647+ 3 Laps104
938Hungary László HartmannPrivate entryMaserati 6CM/4CM42+ 8 Laps134
102Germany Paul PietschPrivate entryMaserati 6C-3441+ 9 Laps124
Ret32Switzerland Henri SimonetPrivate entryAlfa Romeo Tipo B35165
Ret36Switzerland Adolfo MandirolaEcurie GenevoiseMaserati 8CM28Mechanical175
Ret20Italy Giovanni MinozziPrivate entryAlfa Romeo Monza26Mechanical145
Ret24Italy Giuseppe FarinaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo 12C-3622Rear axle66
Ret40Switzerland Hans RueschPrivate entryAlfa Romeo 8C-358Cracked cylinder117
Ret30Switzerland Max ChristenPrivate entryMaserati Tipo 264Mechanical157
Ret8Germany Bernd RosemeyerAuto UnionAuto Union C1Outside assistance27


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