1939 Belgian Grand Prix

1939 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 4 in the 1939 European Championship
Spa-Francorchamps original layout (1922).jpg
Race details
Date25 June 1939
Official nameVIII Grand Prix de Belgique
Spa, Belgium
CourseRoad course
Course length14.58 km (9.06[1] mi)
Distance35 laps, 510.30 km (317.08 mi)
WeatherHeavy rain, intermittent
Pole position
DriverAuto Union
Grid positions set by ballot
Fastest lap
DriverGermany Hermann LangMercedes-Benz
SecondAuto Union

The 1939 Belgian Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held on 25 June 1939 at Spa-Francorchamps.

Richard Seaman crashed into a tree between Clubhouse and La Source hairpin, causing the fuel line to break. Fuel rushed over the car and the car caught fire. Seaman couldn't move because his right hand was broken and he was also trapped by his steering wheel. After a minute of futile rescue attempts, a Belgian soldier walked into the blaze and freed Seaman. However, he had suffered burns on sixty percent of the body and Britain's most successful pre-war driver died before midnight.


122Germany Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W154353:20:21.021
28Germany Rudolf HasseAuto UnionAuto Union D35+16.942
324Germany Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W15435+1:53.093
412France Raymond SommerPrivate entryAlfa Romeo Tipo 30833+2 Laps104
514France Robert MazaudPrivate entryDelahaye T135CS31+4 Laps114
618France Louis GérardPrivate entryDelahaye T135CS30+5 Laps124
Ret2Italy Tazio NuvolariAuto UnionAuto Union D28Accident damage44
Ret6Germany Hermann Paul MüllerAuto UnionAuto Union D26Valve15
Ret26United Kingdom Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W15421Fatal accident55
Ret10Italy Giuseppe FarinaPrivate entryAlfa Romeo Tipo 31620Supercharger35
Ret28Switzerland Adolfo MandirolaPrivate entryMaserati 6CM19Front Suspension135
Ret8Germany Georg MeierAuto UnionAuto Union D13Accident66
Ret20Germany Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-Benz W1547Accident77


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