1938 French Grand Prix

1938 French Grand Prix
Race 1 of 4 in the 1938 European Championship
Race details
Date3 July 1938
Official nameXXXII Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France
Reims, France
CoursePublic roads
Course length7.816 km (4.857 mi)
Distance64 laps, 500.22 km (310.82 mi)
Pole position
Fastest lap
DriverGermany Hermann LangMercedes-Benz

The 1938 French Grand Prix (formally the XXXII Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France) was a Grand Prix motor race which was held at Reims-Gueux on 3 July 1938. The race was held over 64 laps of the 7.8-kilometre (4.8 mi) course for a total distance of 500 kilometres (310 mi).

Like the other races in the 1938 European Drivers' Championship, the French Grand Prix was held to new regulations for 1938, mandating a maximum engine capacity of 4.5L, or 3L for supercharged engines, as well as minimum weights based on a sliding scale depending on engine size, with the largest engine cars needing to weigh at least 850 kilograms (1,870 lb).[1]


126Germany Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W154643:04:38.521
224Germany Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W154643:06:19.3[1][2]32
328Germany Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W15463+1 lap13
44France René CarrièreTalbot DarracqTalbot T26SS54+10 laps64
DNF2France Philippe ÉtancelinTalbot DarracqTalbot T26SS38Engine75
DNF10France Eugène ChaboudSEFACSEFAC287
DNF16Switzerland Christian KautzAuto UnionAuto Union D1Accident47
DNF22France Jean-Pierre WimilleBugattiBugatti T591Oil line97
DNF18Germany Rudolf HasseAuto UnionAuto Union D1Accident57


  1. ^ a b c Hodges, David (1967). The French Grand Prix. pp. 121–125.
  2. ^ a b Snellman, Leif. "1938 Grand Prix Season Part 3". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. ^ "1938 French Grand Prix". Motor Sport Magazine Database. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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