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{{Infobox Race
 
{{Infobox Race
| flag = GER
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|flag = GER
| season = 1959
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|season = 1959
| race = 6
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|race = 6
| racecode =
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|racecode =
| image = Circuit AVUS.svg
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|image = Circuit AVUS.svg
| imagesize = 250px
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|imagesize = 250px
| caption =
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|caption =
| date = August 2
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|date = August 2
| officialname = XXI Großer Preis von Deutschland
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|officialname = XXI Großer Preis von Deutschland
| circuit = AVUS
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|circuit = AVUS
| location = West Berlin, West Germany
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|location = West Berlin, West Germany
| circuittype = Temporary road circuit
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|circuittype = Temporary road circuit
| lapdistance = 8.300
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|lapdistance = 8.300
| laps = 2 heats of 30
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|laps = 2 heats of 30
| distance = 498.000
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|distance = 498.000
| pole = Tony Brooks
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|pole = Tony Brooks
| polenation = GBR
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|polenation = GBR
| poleteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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|poleteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
| poletime = 2:05.9
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|poletime = 2:05.9
| fastestlap = 2:04.5
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|fastestlap = 2:04.5
| fastestlapdriver = Tony Brooks
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|fastestlapdriver = Tony Brooks
| fastestlapnation = GBR
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|fastestlapnation = GBR
| fastestlapteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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|fastestlapteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
| fastestlapnumber = 18
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|fastestlapnumber = 18
| winner = Tony Brooks
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|winner = Tony Brooks
| winnernation = GBR
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|winnernation = GBR
| winnerteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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|winnerteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
| second = Dan Gurney
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|second = Dan Gurney
| secondnation = USA
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|secondnation = USA
| secondteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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|secondteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
| third = Phil Hill
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|third = Phil Hill
| thirdnation = USA
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|thirdnation = USA
| thirdteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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|thirdteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
 
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The 1959 [[German Grand Prix]] was the sixth round of the [[1959 Formula One Season]], held on [[August 2|August 2nd]]. For political reasons, the race was run on the [[AVUS]] circuit, in southwestern Berlin. The mostly straight line track proved to be perfect for {{Ferrari-CON}}, as their cars went 1-2-3, with [[Tony Brooks]] leading home [[Dan Gurney]] and [[Phil Hill]].
 
The 1959 [[German Grand Prix]] was the sixth round of the [[1959 Formula One Season]], held on [[August 2|August 2nd]]. For political reasons, the race was run on the [[AVUS]] circuit, in southwestern Berlin. The mostly straight line track proved to be perfect for {{Ferrari-CON}}, as their cars went 1-2-3, with [[Tony Brooks]] leading home [[Dan Gurney]] and [[Phil Hill]].
 
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==Background ==
 
==Background ==
1958 and 1959 were a time of heightening tensions between the NATO Pact and Warsaw Bloc countries, and nowhere was this felt more strongly than in West Berlin. A number of parties felt that a dose of western extravaganza, in the form of a Grand Prix, might be a propaganda coup. So the decision was made to run the 1959 German race at AVUS.<br><br>[[File:Avus 1959 qgck06lfarpy.jpg|thumb|right|The banked curve during the Grand Prix]]Since the late 1930s, all racing at AVUS had used the old 8.3km motorcycle circuit, and that was used again for the Grand Prix. (The claim that the circuit was shortened because of the border with Russian-occupied East Germany is just an urban legend. The actual border was a couple of miles beyond the old circuit, near Potsdam, and the old Sudkurve had been demolished in 1938 to construct an Autobahn interchange.) This event was chosen to show off the advantages to western society, to the point where East German spectators were encouraged to attend, and allowed to buy tickets using (otherwise worthless) East German marks.<br><br>For the first (and so far only) time, the race was held in two heats, over concerns regarding tire wear on the high-banked brick corner. Final standings were based on aggregate time and distance covered..<br><br>Changes in the entry:
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1958 and 1959 were a time of heightening tensions between the NATO Pact and Warsaw Bloc countries, and nowhere was this felt more strongly than in West Berlin. A number of parties felt that a dose of western extravaganza, in the form of a Grand Prix, might be a propaganda coup. So the decision was made to run the 1959 German race at AVUS.<br><br>Since the late 1930s, all racing at AVUS had used the old 8.3km motorcycle circuit, and that was used again for the Grand Prix. (The claim that the circuit was shortened because of the border with Russian-occupied East Germany is just an urban legend. The actual border was a couple of miles beyond the old circuit, near Potsdam, and the old Sudkurve had been demolished in 1938 to construct an Autobahn interchange.) This event was chosen to show off the advantages to western society, to the point where East German spectators were encouraged to attend, and allowed to buy tickets using (otherwise worthless) East German marks.<br><br>For the first (and so far only) time, the race was held in two heats, over concerns regarding tire wear on the high-banked brick corner. Final standings were based on aggregate time and distance covered..<br><br>Changes in the entry:
 
*{{Aston Martin-CON}}: The team skipped the race, to do some development.
 
*{{Aston Martin-CON}}: The team skipped the race, to do some development.
 
*{{BRM-CON}}: The team only brought [[BRM P25|P25s]] for [[Jo Bonnier]] and [[Harry Schell]], with BRP entering another car for local driver [[Hans Herrmann]].
 
*{{BRM-CON}}: The team only brought [[BRM P25|P25s]] for [[Jo Bonnier]] and [[Harry Schell]], with BRP entering another car for local driver [[Hans Herrmann]].
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