8W Who? Luigi Fagioli

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Grand racing is the art of balancing on the edge, not too but not too much either. This is not only for the drivers but also for the The all conquering Lotus 79 was a first-class car. The car that Colin made for the 1979 season, the 80, proved to be a case of driving the technology over the limit. The was a catastrophe. The BRM 16-cylinder engines much more competitive on than in true life, the Brabham BT55 project in tragedy, the mid-engined March 722 to be undrivable. Grand Prix is full of examples.

There is special about the name For the Grand Prix historian it creates associations with quality and faultless organization. it may come as a surprise when one that the almighty Mercedes has had its of real duds. The 1999 Le event is something the manufacturer wants to forget. The 1924 car proved to have dangerous killing Count Zborowski at the GP. But the most frustrating season in the history is possibly 1936.

The team had been the pace during the 1934-’35 seasons their W25 car. Having off with a type A 3.4-litre the volume had been increased in steps from the 3.7-litre AB the 4-litre type B to the 4.3-litre C. To face the challenge from the new of Auto Union and Alfa the Mercedes factory decided to a new 600bhp 5.6-litre V12 for the 1936 This D-type engine known as the DAB as it had the same bore and as the AB engine. When the first was assembled during the summer of it proved to be seriously overweight kg against 185 kg for the old engine). To fit this engine into the cars the 750 kg limit demanded considerable to be done to the 1936 cars to 110 kg of weight. Mercedes-Benz made the decision to cut off 25cm from the of their GP car. Other new in the car included a transverse gearbox and a de rear axle. (It has often said that the Mercedes was the car that re-introduced the de Dion but the 1936 Mercedes had in fact the first.) The new car was in fact so small the tall von Brauchitsch could not fit it properly. Somehow the engineers to squeeze the engine in under the limit only to find the weight distribution was such the car was totally undrivable, just as would find with car in 1972.

Instead a 4.7-litre 450bhp of the old engine (known as ME25) had to be in a hurry and put into the new cars. But was to demand too much of the old engine During the season the cars from numerous engine The car also had bad road holding, it was and the steering wheel gave a kickback to the drivers. The chassis rigid enough for the suspension to in a proper way. But at the season at Monaco most of the worst on the car had not been found yet and the team had high hopes for the season. The entered four cars for the two 1936 cars for their new Louis Chiron and their driver Caracciola and two of the old 1935 for von Brauchitsch and Fagioli.

Luigi Fagioli’s career off with a Salmson in 1926. In he joined the Maserati team and their cars he proved to be one of finest drivers, winning the Ciano and Circuit of Avellino in the Monza GP in 1931 and the Rome GP in In 1933 he joined the Ferrari winning the Coppa Acerbo, and the and Italian Grand Prix.

For he was offered a place in the Mercedes Known as the Abruzzi robber had a reputation of a wild man with crashes on his record. He was muscular, like a boxer and had a temperament fitted his appearance. Joining the team Fagioli considered at least the equal to the German in fact he considered himself to be the driver of the team. In the very race that all resulted conflict: a furious Fagioli his car after having been team orders to stay von Brauchitsch. The same thing at the 1935 Belgian GP and in both there were countless in the team as Fagioli tried to Caracciola against team But Fagioli also proved to be a asset to the team, winning the Acerbo, the Italian and Spanish GPs in and the Monaco, AVUS and Penya GPs in 1935.

So for 1936 his contract was as Mercedes-Benz could not afford to up a driver of his capabilities, possibly to a like Auto Union. from Mercedes, the start for the 1936 Monaco Grand included three Auto to be driven by Stuck, Varzi and four Ferrari Alfa for Nuvolari, Brivio, Tadini and three Scuderia Torino for Trossi, Siena and Ghersi, a works Bugatti for Wimille and entries for Йtancelin (Maserati), (Alfa Romeo) and 1929 winner William Grover-Williams

Chiron’s career as Mercedes-Benz driver got off to a good start he took pole position, taking his Alfa into place with Caracciola in position. There was torrential and terrible conditions as the cars up for the grid. Farina’s Alfa was oil so he took over Tadini’s while Tadini took a to start with Farina’s It was Caracciola who made the best as the flag dropped to take the followed by Nuvolari, Chiron and At the chicane after the tunnel left a large pool of Passing the chicane on lap 2 the leading succeeded in staying clear of the oil but spun and crashed creating a pile-up involving Farina, von Williams, Siena, Trossi, and Tadini. On the next lap Rosemeyer’s car sideways through the chicane but managed to stay clear but on lap 6 he had to a pitstop and fell back. On lap 9 in 5th place made the same as Chiron and crashed at the chicane. was the third Mercedes-Benz driver to on the same spot!

After 10 Nuvolari passed Caracciola to the lead and started to extend the gap by one per lap, but 17 laps later car developed brake problems and he had to down and let Caracciola’s Mercedes by Halfway the Auto Unions and came in for refuelling but Caracciola did not in. It soon became clear the Mercedes driver was running on a race strategy. That that Caracciola now had an enormous and could control the rest of the to take a superb victory in the GP for the new car. Varzi and Stuck second and third places for Union, the team’s third Rosemeyer had crashed in the rain.

After Monaco the Mercedes perhaps thought it was business as especially as Caracciola also to win the Tunis GP. But the victories had come because of luck and Caracciola’s abilities in the wet than because of the From then on it all went While Rosemeyer went victory to victory the Mercedes decided to call it a day in the middle of the the team going back to to concentrate on the 1937 car.

In Fagioli signed for Auto but his rivalry with Caracciola culminating at the Tripoli GP where attacked his former team with a wheel hammer!

By now suffered terribly from and after being a non-starter most of the season he decided to from racing. He made a in 1950 for Alfa Romeo but third driver to Fangio and did not appeal to him so Fagioli decided to on sportscar racing instead. It was qualifying for the 1952 Monaco GP, year held as a sportscar that Fagioli crashed his Aurelia, braking a hand and a He seemed to be out of danger but three later complications that to be fatal suddenly set in.

According to legend, Fagioli had for the Tripoli incident shortly

Of course we only have words on that, just as we have Prost’s account of he and Senna said to each at Imola in 1994. Neubauer’s sometimes, shall we say, on the truth a bit — especially Tripoli comes to mind but if he thought that was the proper to do in the Fagioli case, why destroy a story?

A full description of the Monaco GP can be found here .

Why by Igor De Canck

Well, if ever was a stupid manoeuvre in it was when Tadini took an Alfa and started the race it. To make things worse had been a little monsoon just before the start. Alfa had an oil leak, so he opted to Tadini’s car instead. A wise if only Tadini had been enough to sit out the race. But he instead the leaking car and started the race it. So he pasted the track with oil on and it was disaster waiting to happen. Chiron lost some at the start and on lap 2, he spun in the oily-watery and everyone hit everyone — or say. that was a close

With like one third of the taken out in this mass the disaster was not over yet, a few later, the hot blooded Fagioli spun at this corner, his fellow Mercedes drivers and Von Brauchitsch. Caracciola saved the day for by winning the event in front of the Unions of Varzi and Stuck. suffered some brake and had to give up his hopes of winning the This was the start of a bad year for where they could score 2 Grand Prix here in Monaco and later in Tripolis. For the rest of the year were left watching the of Rosemeyer and his Auto Union. known as a hot tempered Italian had clashes with Carraciola in once nearly hitting him on the with a sledge hammer. It got him thrown out of Mercedes. Later the war, Fagioli was part of the Romeo squad for the first FIA Championship. Fagioli picked up 4 2nd — however no win — and 3rd in the Championship. Later he met his old Mercedes Neubauer again, and was in talks to another test drive for the Arrows. It never got to that as love for speed killed him after that. His deadly took place, well, enough, right here at when he exited the Tunnel hit a ballustrade and was thrown from his

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