Three weeks on from Giuseppe Farina’s victory for Ferrari in Germany, it was generally expected that the world championship would be wrapped up at the Swiss Grand Prix. Alberto Ascari only needed to finish in the top five to take the title.

The race was held at Bremgarten, a large park on the outskirts of Bern. The 7.28 kilometre track did not have a real straight, but there was a series of high-speed slight curves interspersed with three decidedly more demanding corners.

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