Hermann zu Leiningen
Hermann Viktor Maximilian Prinz zu Leiningen (born January 4, 1901 in Amorbach , † March 29, 1971 there ) was a German automobile racing driver .
Hermann zu Leiningen, who came from Amorbach, was the son of Emich Eduard Carl Fürst zu Leiningen (1866-1939) and Princess Feodore Viktoria Alberta zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1866-1932). In 1938 he married Countess Irene von Schönborn-Wiesentheid . The marriage remained childless.
Zu Leiningen began car racing in 1927 and started out as a wealthy gentleman driver in a Bugatti . At that time he mostly competed mountain races . He later competed with Amilcar and in 1928/29 with Mercedes-Benz SSK .
In the 1930 season , Hermann zu Leiningen intervened in Grand Prix racing for the first time . He was accompanied by Heinrich Joachim tomorrow hired as the second driver and the duo won on Bugatti Type 35 B the inaugural Grand Prix of Czechoslovakia in the Masaryk circuit near Brno . As a result, he formed a racing community with von Morgen and Ernst Günther Burggaller . In 1932 , zu Leiningen started with a Type 35 C at the AVUS race in Berlin and the Eifel race on the Nürburgring , but did not see the checkered flag in either race.
For the 1934 season zu Leiningen was hired by the Chemnitz Auto Union as a works driver under the leadership of race director Willy Walb for their newly started Grand Prix engagement in the 750 kg formula of the AIACR . He contested a total of eight races, of which he finished three. After technical problems at the beginning of the season, his results improved over the course of the season. The highlight of the season was second place in the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo di Monza . At this race, Hermann zu Leiningen with his Auto Union Type A retired after a few laps due to technical problems. When his team-mate Hans Stuck , who was the number 1 driver at Auto Union at the time, had to head for the pits after 59 laps to be treated because a hot radiator had burned his feet, zu Leiningen took over the car, which was allowed and quite common at the time. Hermann zu Leiningen drove the approximately 295 hp Type A over the remaining 56 laps and after 500 kilometers and five and three quarters of an hour of racing was 1: 38.2 minutes behind Rudolf Caracciola / Luigi Fagioli ( Mercedes-Benz W 25 ). At the following Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuito Lasarte near San Sebastián , zu Leiningen had to make his car available to the unusual Stuck, which moved up from tenth to fourth. A week later, zu Leiningen single-handedly came fourth in the Czechoslovak Grand Prix behind Stuck, Fagioli and Tazio Nuvolari .
In 1935 Hermann zu Leiningen competed at the AVUS, the Eifel race and in Montlhéry, France . His best result was ninth place at the Nürburgring together with Achille Varzi . He then parted ways with Auto Union, zu Leiningen entered the Swiss Grand Prix on a works ERA in the Voiturette class and then ended his active racing career.
After the Second World War , Hermann zu Leiningen competed in a number of rallies in the early 1950s . He died on March 29, 1971 at the age of 70.
Pre-war Grand Prix results
|1934||Auto Union AG||Auto Union Type A|
|DNS||2. 1||4. 2|
|1935||Auto Union AG||Auto Union Type B|
|green||Classified, covered more than 75% of the race distance||4th|
|blue||not entitled to points, covered between 50% and 75% of the race distance||5|
|violet||not eligible for points, covered between 25% and 50% of the race distance||6th|
|red||not eligible for points, covered less than 25% of the race distance||7th|
|White||DNS||did not start|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
- Leif Snellman, Felix Muelas: Prince Hermann Viktor Maximilian zu Leiningen (D). www.kolumbus.fi, February 16, 2013, accessed on February 22, 2013 .
- ↑ Leif Snellman, Felix Muelas: XII ° GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA. www.kolumbus.fi, February 16, 2013, accessed on February 22, 2013 .
- ↑ Leif Snellman, Felix Muelas: IX ° GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA. www.kolumbus.fi, February 16, 2013, accessed on February 22, 2013 .
- ↑ Leif Snellman, Felix Muelas: V Masarykův Okruh. www.kolumbus.fi, February 16, 2013, accessed on February 22, 2013 .
|SURNAME||Leiningen, Hermann zu|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Leiningen, Hermann Viktor Maximilian zu (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German automobile racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 4, 1901|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Amorbach|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 29, 1971|
|Place of death||Amorbach|