Rudi Fischer

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Rudi Fischer
FIA Super Licence Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1951 Formula One season - 1952 Formula One season
Teamsnon-works Ferrari
Races8 (7 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points10
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1951 Swiss Grand Prix
Last race1952 Italian Grand Prix

Rudi Fischer (born Rudolf Fischer April 19 1912 in Stuttgart, Germany - December 30 1976 in Luzern) was a Racing driver from Switzerland. He participated in 8 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on May 27, 1951. He achieved 2 podiums, and scored a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Grands Prix.

Fischer placed third in a race which marked the reopening of the AVUS, a popular Berlin, Germany motor racing venue. It was closed for a 14 year interval and was damaged during World War II. A crowd of 350,000 watched Paul Greifzu of Suhl, Thuringia, Germany, win in a car he built himself. Fischer drove a Ferrari to third place over a distance of 207.5 kilometers. His time was 1 hour, 10 minutes, 27.5 seconds.[1] In the 1952 Swiss Grand Prix, in Berne, Fischer came in 2nd to Piero Taruffi. Both drivers were in Ferraris.[2]

Ecurie Espadon and Scuderia Espadon

Rudi Fisher was the leader of the "Ecurie Espadon"[3].

Ecurie Espadon was composed of a group of Swiss amateur gentleman racers. The word "Ecurie" was used at the beginning as most of the team's cars were French, generally Gordini. Later the team's equipment changed to Ferraris and other Italian vehicles, thus the name of the team evolved to "Scuderia".

The team was involved in several races all over Europe, as the presentation document described[4].

The team was composed of:

  • Rudolf Fischer: a successful restaurant owner.
  • Rudolf (Rudi) Schoeller
  • Peter Hirt: a wealthy businessman from Küssnacht, near Zürich, involved in precision tool manufacturing.
  • Peter (Pierre) Staechelin from Basel.
  • Max de Terra
  • Paul Glauser

Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1951 Formula One season Ecurie Espadon Ferrari Ferrari 212 Ferrari V12 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
1951 Indianapolis 500
1951 Belgian Grand Prix 1951 French Grand Prix
1951 British Grand Prix
1951 German Grand Prix
1951 Italian Grand Prix 1951 Spanish Grand Prix NC 0
1952 Formula One season Ecurie Espadon Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
1952 Indianapolis 500
1952 Belgian Grand Prix 1952 French Grand Prix
1952 British Grand Prix
1952 German Grand Prix
1952 Dutch Grand Prix
1952 Italian Grand Prix
4th 10

Entered and practiced in his Ferrari 500, but engine failure meant that he reverted to the previous season's 212 model for the race.[5] Drive shared with Peter Hirt.


  1. 350,000 See Reopening of Motor RaceWay In Berlin After an Interval of 14 Years, New York Times, July 2, 1951, Page 31.
  2. Swiss Auto Race to Taruffi, Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1952, Page 24.
  3. [1] Presentation document Ecurie Espadon
  4. [2] Team Espadon background
  5. Diepraam, M (June 2001). "German F2 specials taking on Ferrari". 8W. Retrieved on 2008-04-30. 
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