Rudolf Fischer

2021-03-15 23:00

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Rudolf Fischer

There are drivers who have raced for Ferrari, and are well known, such as Lauda, ​​Villeneuve, Schumacher. But in the history of the manufacturer from


There are drivers who have raced for Ferrari, and are well known, such as Lauda, ​​Villeneuve, Schumacher. But in the history of the manufacturer from Maranello, there are also lesser known, but equally fascinating experiences. Rudolf Fischer is one of them. Although he was born in Stuttgart on April 19, 1912, the Swiss driver races with a Swiss license, and how he approached the world of motors still remains a mystery, with legends relating to his previous occupation.


Some claim he was an entrepreneur in the restaurant business, others that he worked in the electricity sector. When the Swiss driver appears among the entrants of the 1948 Geneva Grand Prix, until now no one had heard of him, and for all the insiders he represents an unknown unknown. After this race, Rudolf envisions the creation of a team called Ecurie Espadon, composed mainly of Swiss people of which he will be the leader, with the aim of participating in the European races. So in 1949, driving a Gordini he obtained the first place, finishing in fifteenth place in the Swiss Grand Prix. The following year Fischer decides to test himself on a circuit other than that of Bern, taking part in the Sanremo Grand Prix, with the Società Valdostana Automobili providing him with a Fiat. Starting from the last position, Fischer at the start overtakes many opponents, but already during the first lap, due to an oil pipe problem, he retires.


The pairing with the Italian team ends immediately, as Fischer decides not to take part in the home Grand Prix in Switzerland and will no longer compete for the whole of 1950. Fischer will return to racing only for his team during the season, and will purchase a Ferrari 212 with which he will make his debut in the first race of the World Championship at the Bremagarten circuit. In this circumstance, the Swiss driver will immediately find a good feeling with the team from Maranello car, setting the tenth time in qualifying next to Whitehead's other private Ferrari 212, and eight seconds behind Taruffi sixth, and Ascari seventh.


The next day, despite racing in a circuit that is anything but simple, Rudolf crosses the finish line in eleventh position, three laps behind the winner Fangio and Taruffi. Rudolf is back on track in Germany, where he improves his performance both in qualifying and in the race. At the Nurburgring, at the end of training he is eighth, the next day in a Grand Prix dominated by Ferrari, the Swiss is close to the points and is sixth, behind his teammates Taruffi, Villoresi and Gonzalez who completes the podium, together with the winner who it's Ascari.


If Fischer closes the 1951 season with zero points, in the following season he immediately starts strong. After buying a Ferrari 500 F2 directly from the Modenese manufacturer, in front of his fans in Switzerland, in the 1952 edition Fischer takes another step forward on the flying lap and starts from the third row, in fifth position, next to Simon's other Ferrari, and behind Manzon, Taruffi, and the poleman Farina. In the race, taking advantage of Farina and Simon's retirement, the Swiss won the first podium and the first points in Formula 1, finishing in second place two minutes and thirty-seven seconds behind Taruffi, completing the Ferrari double.


After not being deployed in Belgium, Fisher fails to repeat himself in France. On the Rouen circuit, he is only seventeenth in qualifying. In the race, together with his compatriot Hirt, he recovers six positions but ends up out of the top ten, eleven laps behind the winner Ascari. Bad performance also at Silverstone, where qualifying ends only in fifteenth position, and in the race Ferrari is thirteenth and last at the finish line, while Ascari and Taruffi get another double win for the team from Maranello.


The Swiss redeems himself in Germany, managing to find the feeling with the Ferrari 500. At the end of training, on another day that sees the Prancing Horse place four cars in the first two rows, Rudolf is sixth. The same script develops in the race, where Ascari wins the fourth consecutive victory in front of Farina, while Fischer is third, thanks to the breaking of Taruffi's suspension, and climbs for the second time on the podium. After missing the Belgian Grand Prix, Fischer aims to close the championship with another good result at Monza, but will find himself facing some difficulties, such as in France and Great Britain, which relegate him in qualifying in fourteenth place, far from the teammates.


In the race, his comeback attempt ends on the sixteenth lap, when the Ferrari engine forces him to retire and finish the world championship in fourth place, with ten points in the drivers' standings. Despite the excellent season played, surprisingly Fischer decides to retire and abandon Formula 1, as he arrived there, in silence. Fischer leaves racing, with seven Grands Prix to his credit and two podiums, scoring 10 points.


Massimiliano Amato

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