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1959 French Grand Prix

Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France

Sunday, July 5, 1959
Very hot, dry and sunny
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Moss, 2m22.8
1959 season:

Ferrari Back on Form

Reims, July 5th.

This year the G.P. of the A.C.F., better known as the French Grand Prix, was given the title of G.P. d'Europe, for what it was worth, and attracted a very strong entry of works teams and small private teams, as well as a few independents. As in previous years, a F.2 race was held as well, but this year it was run after the Grand Prix, and the annual 12-hour sports or G.T. race was scrubbed altogether. After the many accidents over the past few years it was felt that the Grand Prix drivers had an unfair handicap in having to race last of all in a weekend of motor racing on the Geux circuit. In furtherance of this aim to provide a track as free of rubber and oil as possible for the G.P. of Europe, practice was held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and Saturday was kept clear of racing, giving time for conditions to return to the best possible, and the F.2 race was kept until the end of Sunday.