1955 British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix

Saturday, July 16, 1955
Hot, dry and sunny
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Moss, 2m00.4
1955 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

For the first time since 1948 the British Grand Prix did not take place among the green fields of Buckinghamshire, but instead was organised in the industrial north-west of England, on the Aintree circuit just outside the port of Liverpool. With the postponement of the French Grand Prix the various teams had almost a clear month in which to prepare for the British round of the World Championship, and in consequence a large entry began to head northwards.

In view of then sweeping victories in the recent Grand Prix races in Belgium and Holland, the Mercedes-Benz team were rather naturally the centre of interest. In addition there was the possibility that the Daimler-Benz organisation might permit a reversal of normal team orders and allow Moss to set the pace ahead of Fangio, in deference to the young Britisher's first appearance in his home country with one of the German cars. Practice began after lunch on the Thursday before race day and as the 4.83-kilometre circuit was new to most of the teams and the drivers, everyone was away as soon as the circuit was open for training.

The German team brought along a selection of five cars, four to be used by the team drivers, as Taruffi had been taken on as the fourth member of the team, and the fifth was to be used as a hack. Fangio and Moss had the short-chassis models, with outboard front brakes; that of the latter having a new type of bonnet which hinged forward complete with the radiator cowling as on a DB2 Aston Martin. Kling and Taruiffi had the medium-length cars with outboard front brakes, as first tried at Spa, and the reserve car was an original 1955 model, which is to say a medium-length car with inboard front brakes. In all other respects the cars were unchanged from earlier races this season.