Karl Kling  Germany

  • Full name Karl Kling
  • Birth date September 16, 1910
  • Birthplace Giessen, Germany
  • Date of death March 18, 2003 (92 years 183 days)
  • Place of death Gaienhofen, Germany
  • Teams Mercedes
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1954 Mercedes 6 6 0 1 4 2 0 1 2 1 0 12 5
1955 Mercedes 5 5 0 1 2 3 0 2 3 0 0 5 11
Total 11 11 0 2 6 2 0 3 2 1 0 17
Race Circuit Date
First race French Grand Prix Reims July 4, 1954 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 11, 1955 Race results
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At the time of his death Karl Kling was the oldest surviving F1 driver. He began racing for the legendary Mercedes team before the war, serviced planes for the Luftwaffe during the war, and resumed racing after it. He was invited to join the Mercedes sports car and Formula One teams in the early 1950s with some success. He finished runner-up to Fangio in the 1954 French Grand Prix he won the 1952 Carrera Panamericana in 1 300SL with Hans Klenk. He retired in 1955 and was later competitions manager of Mercedes during their rally program in the early 1960s. He competed in 11 races in 1954 and 1955. In 1996 he visited the paddock of the German Grand Prix to compare his Mercedes to the McLaren Mercedes of the current day.

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July 17, 1954

Karl Kling behind the wheel of one of the Mercedes W196s that dominated on its debut

July 16, 1954

Juan Manuel Fangio talking to Mercedes team member Karl Kling

July 4, 1954

The Mercedes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling accelerate away from the field at the start of the French Grand Prix

     

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