Paul Pietsch  Germany

  • Full name Paul Pietsch
  • Nickname Rennbaby
  • Birth date June 20, 1911
  • Birthplace Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • Date of death May 31, 2012 (100 years 346 days)
  • Place of death Titisee-Neustadt, Germany
  • Teams Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Veritas
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1950 Maserati 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 27 0 0 0 -
1951 Alfa Romeo, Maserati 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0 0 0 -
1952 Veritas 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0 0 0 -
Total 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 3, 1950 Race results
Last race German Grand Prix Nürburgring August 3, 1952 Race results
Profile

Paul Pietsch, who is the only Formula One driver to reach 100, began his racing career in 1932 with a private Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. Racing with an Alfa Romeo, he won in Sweden the 1933 III Svenska Isloppet GP (Ice Race) in Hemfjärden, and in 1934 the I Vallentunaloppet (Ice Race) in Vellentunasjön.

In the 1935 German Grand Prix he raced for Auto Union, and finished third in the Italian Grand Prix before leaving the team with its hard-to-drive rear engines. From 1937 onwards he entered a private Maserati. His greatest hours came in the 1939 German Grand Prix which he led from lap two onwards until the ignition failed, making him drop down to third, which was still an excellent result for a privateer against the dominant force of the Silver Arrows.

After the war, he participated in three Championship grands prix between 1950 and 1952 but he failed to finish any of them. His drive in a factory Alfa Romeo in the 1951 German Grand Prix ended with a crash.

Pietsch was a successful editor and publisher of motorcycle and automobile magazines.

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May 10, 1952

Paul Pietsch at Silverstone for testing

     

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