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Engine capacity was reduced to 2000cc and minimum weight to 650 kgs for 1922.
The six-cylinder Fiat 804 proved dominant and veteran Felice Nazzaro won the French Grand Prix at Strasbourg, 15 years after his previous success in the event. However, this last major victory was marred by the death of his nephew Biagio who was making his GP debut with the team.
Based nearby at Molsheim, the Bugatti T30s of Pierre de Vizcaya and Pierre Marco finished a distant second and third. Sunbeam hired former Peugeot designer Ernest Henry but the British cars all retired. This was also the first European GP with a massed start.
The second Italian GP was held at a new venue that would immediately become synonymous with the race – the Autodromo Nazionale at Monza. Pietro Bordino, who had led the French GP before retiring, won both the inaugural voiturette race and the following week’s Italian GP for Fiat.