- 75 years ago: Manfred von Brauchitsch won the French Grand Prix in a Mercedes-Benz W 154
- The triple victory of the Silver Arrows in 1938 recalled the long tradition of racing success in France
Stuttgart – The 1938 French Grand Prix was the racing year’s first major duel between the Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrows and the rival Auto Union vehicles. The Stuttgart racing team’s triple victory reflected its complete dominance of the race. Manfred von Brauchitsch took first place ahead of Rudolf Caracciola and Hermann Lang. Lang, who started from pole position, recorded the fastest lap time.
The Mercedes-Benz W 154 Silver Arrows battled it out among themselves to determine who was to win the French Grand Prix on 3 July 1938. Their Auto Union rivals, in the shape of two new Type D racing cars which were making their debut in this important race, dropped out during the first lap. Led by Stuttgart works team drivers Hermann Lang, Manfred von Brauchitsch, and Rudolf Caracciola, the field also included two Talbot T150C cars, a Sefac and a Bugatti T59/50B.