First Grand Prix Fatality

Christian Lautenschlager won the French Grand Prix at Dieppe in his Mercedes finishing nearly nine minutes ahead of Victor Hémery’s Benz. Lautenschlager’s average speed for the race was 69.045 mph (111.117 km/h). Otto Salzer set fastest lap in his Mercedes, with an average speed of over 78 mph (126 km/h). The race was notable for tragic reasons. Henri Cissac’s car lost a tyre and rolled, killing Cissac and Jules Schaube, his riding mechanic. This was the first fatal accident in Grand Prix history.

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