Mercedes racer Kling passes away

Karl Kling, former Mercedes sportscar and Formula 1 driver, passed away on Tuesday the 1th at his home on Lake Constance. Born in Giessen on the 16th September 1910, he serviced aeroplanes for the Luftwaffe during World War II. He started...

Karl Kling, former Mercedes sportscar and Formula 1 driver, passed away on Tuesday the 1th at his home on Lake Constance. Born in Giessen on the 16th September 1910, he serviced aeroplanes for the Luftwaffe during World War II.

He started racing in Germany with a BMW, before graduating to sportscars, entering the Carrera Panamericana in 1952 as a factory driver. He became a Formula 1 driver for Mercedes in 1954, having briefly driven for Alfa Romeo in 1953, and won the Avus GP in Germany. It was later alleged that Fangio had deliberately held back to help him win.

In 1955 he crashed into a tree during the Mille Miglia, and was hospitalised. Kling retired from racing that year, and later became competitions manager for Mercedes during the 1960s rally program.

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Series Formula 1 , General , Road racing
Teams Mercedes
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