1939 Grand Prix season

The 1939 Grand Prix season was the seventh AIACR European Championship season. The championship winner was never officially announced by the AIACR due to the outbreak of World War II less than two weeks after the final event in Switzerland. The Italian GP initially had been a fifth event, but it became clear well before the war that it would be cancelled due to construction work. At that time, it was also undecided which scoring system would be used, the old minimum points system that basically counted positions, or the French maximum points system similar to the modern one. Although Hermann Paul Müller would have won the championship on points according to the old system, the president of Nazi Germany's highest motorsports organisation declared Hermann Lang the champion.[1] Lang was clearly the dominating driver in that season, which was acknowledged by the international press. In the first two of the four championship events, both Lang and Müller won once while the other failed to complete 75% of the distance. The German round saw Lang retiring early, and Müller finishing 2nd behind Carraciola. This left Müller in the lead in both scoring systems, as published in magazines, with the Swiss round deciding the outcome. Müller finished 4th behind three Mercedes, which gave him the lead in the old point system, while in front, Lang had beaten Carraciola for the lead in the maximum points system.

Season review

Mercedes-Benz competed with the W154.
The Auto Union D Type.

European Championship Grands Prix

RdDateNameCircuitWinning driversWinning constructorReport
125 JuneBelgium Belgian Grand PrixSpa-FrancorchampsGermany Hermann LangMercedes-BenzReport
29 JulyFrance French Grand PrixReims-GueuxGermany Hermann Paul MüllerAuto UnionReport
323 JulyGermany German Grand PrixNürburgringGermany Rudolf CaracciolaMercedes-BenzReport
420 AugustSwitzerland Swiss Grand PrixBremgartenGermany Hermann LangMercedes-BenzReport

Non-championship Grands Prix

Grandes Épreuves are denoted by a yellow background.

DateNameCircuitWinning driverWinning constructorReport
2 AprilFrance Pau Grand PrixPauGermany Hermann LangMercedes-BenzReport
10 AprilUnited Kingdom Road ChampionshipBrooklandsUnited Kingdom Arthur DobsonERAReport
7 MayFrance Paris CupMontlhéryFrance Jean-Pierre WimilleBugattiReport
7 MayFinland Finnish Grand PrixEläintarharataSweden Adolf WesterblomAlfa RomeoReport
21 MayGermany EifelrennenNürburgringGermany Hermann LangMercedes-BenzReport
28 MayBelgium Grand Prix des FrontièresChimayFrance Maurice TrintignantBugattiReport
25 JuneRomania Bucharest Grand PrixBucharestGermany Hans StuckAuto UnionReport
2 JulyFrance Remparts Grand PrixAngoulêmeFrance Raymond SommerAlfa RomeoReport
7 AugustUnited Kingdom Campbell TrophyBrooklandsUnited Kingdom Raymond MaysERAReport
3 SeptemberKingdom of Yugoslavia Belgrade Grand PrixBelgradeItaly Tazio NuvolariAuto UnionReport
29 OctoberBrazil Gávea Nacional CircuitGáveaBrazil Manuel de TefféMaseratiReport

Unofficial championship standings

1Germany Hermann Paul MüllerRet12412
2Germany Hermann Lang1RetRet114
3Germany Rudolf CaracciolaRetRet1217
4Germany Manfred von Brauchitsch3RetRet319
=Italy Tazio NuvolariRetRetRet519
6Germany Rudolf Hasse2RetRet20
=France René Dreyfus74820
8Germany Georg MeierRet2Ret22
9France Raymond Sommer45Ret23
=Germany Hans Stuck6Ret1023
11France Robert Mazaud5624
=France "Raph"9524
13Italy Giuseppe FarinaRet725
14Germany Paul Pietsch3Ret26
15France René Le Bègue327
16France Louis Gérard628
=France Philippe Étancelin428
=Italy Luigi Chinetti828
=Germany Leonhard Joa728
=Germany Hans Hartmann628
=Italy Clemente Biondetti928
=United Kingdom Kenneth Evans1128
=United Kingdom John Wakefield1228
=United Kingdom Robert Ansell1328
25United Kingdom Richard SeamanRet29
=Switzerland Adolfo MandirolaRetDSQ29
=Switzerland Toulo de GraffenriedRet29
28France Yves MatraRet30
=Italy Luigi VilloresiRet30
30United Kingdom Raymond MaysRet31
=Germany Heinz BrendelRet31
=Italy Giovanni RoccoRet31
Silver2nd place2
Bronze3rd place3
GreenCompleted more than 75%4
BlueCompleted between 50% and 75%5
PurpleCompleted between 25% and 50%6
RedCompleted less than 25%7
BlankDid not participate8


  • Etzrodt, Hans. "Grand Prix Winners 1895–1949 : Part 3 (1934–1949)". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 6 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  • Leif Snellman and Hans Etzrodt. "1939". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 7 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  • Galpin, Darren. "1939 Grands Prix". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-05.


  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Richard. "Unfinished Symphony: Why the 1939 European Championship was never won". 8W. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  2. ^ according to the old minimum points system

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Hermann Lang 1986 im Mercedes W 154 beim Oldtimer-GP des AVD auf dem Nürburgring, Zielgerade
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Pan-Slavic flag. Emerged from 1848 Prague pan-Slavic conference, or interpretations of the resolutions of the conference. Drawn by Fibonacci.
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Auto Union Type D in the museum mobile. Racing car with V12 mid-engine, 2985 cm³, 485 hp at 7000 rpm, top speed approx. 330 km / h. Construction time 1938/1939. The car on display is one of three that survived the war. It was restored in England between 1992 and 1994.