Alfa Romeo 159 Formula 1 Champion 1951 with Juan Manuel Fangio

ALFA ROMEO 159

HISTORY

The Alfa Romeo 159 competed in the 1951 Formula 1 World Championship. The car was derived from the Alfa Romeo 158, designed by Gioacchino Colombo, the biggest difference was on the different rear suspension, in the 159 a De Dion suspension was used, in order to be able to further discharge the high power of the engine.

The debut of the Alfa Romeo 159 was immediately successful and took place at the Grand Prix of Italy in 1950, to win was Giuseppe Farina, who with that victory also won the World Championship of Formula 1 in 1950.

Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo 159 won the 1951 Formula 1 World Championship. The argentine driver won three races: GP Switzerland, GP France (shared with team-mate Luigi Fagioli) and GP Spain. After a season fight with the Ferrari of Alberto Ascari, the victory of the world came to the last Grand Prix in Spain. For Fangio it was the first title, of the five conquered, while Alfa Romeo decided to retire.

CHASSIS

Alfa Romeo 159
Tubular spars
Length: 4280mm
Width: 1473mm
Height: 1164mm
Brakes: Drum
Tyres: Pirelli

ENGINE

Alfa Romeo 1479cc 8 cylinder in line
Power: 317 kW
Roots-type supercharger
Drive Type: Front
Transmission: Manual 4-speed and RM
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner Formula 1 World Champion 1951 – driver Juan Manuel Fangio
GP winner: GP of Switzerland 1951 (Juan Manuel Fangio), GP of Belgium 1951 (Giuseppe Farina), GP of France 1951 (Juan Manuel Fangio, Luigi Fagioli), GP of Spain 1951 (Juan Manuel Fangio)

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