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1952 Formula One season

1952 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Alberto Ascari
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The 1952 Formula One season was the third season of FIA Formula One motor racing. In comparison to previous seasons, the 1952 season consisted of a relatively small number of Formula One races, following the FIA's decision to run all the Grand Prix events counting towards the World Championship of Drivers to Formula Two regulations rather than Formula One.

The 3rd FIA World Championship of Drivers, which commenced on 18 May and ended on 7 September after eight races, was won by Alberto Ascari, driving for Scuderia Ferrari.

In addition to the Formula One races and the World Championship Formula Two races, numerous other Formula Two races, which did not count towards the Championship, were also held during the year.

World Championship season summary

Alfa Romeo, unable to fund a new car, withdrew from racing, while BRM had been preparing two V16-powered cars for the season but withdrew them before an April race at Valentino Park, Turin, whilst attempting to enlist Juan Manuel Fangio as teammate to Stirling Moss, leaving Ferrari as the only serious Formula One contender. This led World Championship organizers to run their races for Formula Two,[1] utilising 2-litre unsupercharged engines, which meant larger fields and a greater variety of cars, even if the victories all went to Ferrari. Ascari won the six Grands Prix he entered, missing the Swiss race because he was at Indianapolis qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 – the first European to do so in the World Championship era. Maserati and Gordini offered little challenge, but Mike Hawthorn's drives in his Cooper would earn him a works Ferrari drive in 1953. Reigning champion Fangio, badly injured in an early season crash at Monza, took no part in the championship, but was to go on to drive for BRM.

World Championship season review

The 1952 World Championship of Drivers was contested over an eight race series.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 23x16px Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten 18 May 23x15px Giuseppe Farina 23x15px Piero Taruffi 23x15px Piero Taruffi 23x15px Ferrari P Report
2 23x15px Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May 23x15px Fred Agabashian 23x15px Bill Vukovich 23x15px Troy Ruttman 23x15px Kuzma-Offenhauser F Report
3 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 22 June 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report
4 23x15px French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts 6 July 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report
5 23x15px British Grand Prix Silverstone 19 July 23x15px Giuseppe Farina 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report
6 23x15px German Grand Prix Nürburgring 3 August 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report
7 23x15px Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 17 August 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report
8 23x15px Italian Grand Prix Monza 7 September 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Alberto Ascari
23x15px José Froilán González
23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari P Report

All 1952 World Championship Grand Prix events were restricted to Formula Two cars and the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was contested by AAA National Championship cars. There was originally supposed to be a Spanish Grand Prix at the Pedralbes Circuit in Barcelona on October 26, but there was no money for the race to be held, so the race was cancelled.[2]

Teams and drivers

File:Alberto Ascari.jpg
Italian Alberto Ascari won the 1952 Formula One Driver's Championship

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1952 FIA World Championship of Drivers. The list does not include those that contested only the Indianapolis 500 event.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
23x15px AFM AFM-Küchen AFM Küchen 2.0 V8 E 23x15px Hans Stuck 1
23x15px Toni Ulmen Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Toni Ulmen 1, 6
23x15px Equipe Gordini Gordini 16
16S
15
Gordini 20 2.0 L6
Gordini 1500 1.5 L4
E 23x15px Jean Behra 1, 3–4, 6–8
23x15px Robert Manzon 1, 3–8
23x15px B. Bira 1, 3–5
23x15px Johnny Claes 3
23x15px Maurice Trintignant 4–8
23x15px Ecurie Rosier Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 D 23x15px Louis Rosier 1, 3–4, 8
23x15px HW Motors HWM-Alta 52
51/52
Alta F2 2.0 L4 D 23x15px George Abecassis 1
23x15px Peter Collins 1, 3–6, 8
23x15px Lance Macklin 1, 3–5, 7–8
23x15px Stirling Moss 1
23x15px Paul Frère 3, 6
23x15px Roger Laurent 3
23x15px Yves Giraud-Cabantous 4
23x15px Duncan Hamilton 5, 7
23x15px Johnny Claes 6
23x15px Dries van der Lof 7
23x15px Scuderia Franera Frazer-Nash-Bristol FN48 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Ken Wharton 1, 3, 7–8
23x15px Ecurie Richmond Cooper-Bristol T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Eric Brandon 1, 3, 5, 8
23x15px Alan Brown 1, 3, 5, 8
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
375S*
Ferrari 500 2.0 L4
Ferrari 375 4.5 V12*
P

F

23x15px Giuseppe Farina 1, 3–8
23x15px Piero Taruffi 1, 3–6, 8
23x15px Andre Simon 1, 8
23x15px Alberto Ascari 2–8
23x15px Luigi Villoresi 7–8
23x16px Enrico Platé Maserati-Platé 4CLT/48 Maserati Platé 2.0 L4 P 23x16px Toulo de Graffenried 1, 4–5, 8
23x15px Harry Schell 1, 4–5
23x15px Alberto Crespo 8
23x16px Ecurie Espadon Ferrari 500
212
Ferrari 500 2.0 L4
Ferrari 125 1.5 V12
P 23x16px Rudi Fischer 1, 4–6, 8
23x16px Peter Hirt 1, 4–5
23x16px Rudolf Schoeller 6
23x15px Hans Stuck 8
23x16px Alfred Dattner Simca-Gordini 11 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E 23x16px Max de Terra 1
23x15px Leslie D. Hawthorn Cooper-Bristol T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 3, 5, 7–8
23x15px English Racing Automobiles Ltd ERA-Bristol G Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Stirling Moss 3, 5, 7
23x15px Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 E 23x15px Charles de Tornaco 3, 7–8
23x15px Roger Laurent 6
23x15px Arthur Legat Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6 E 23x15px Arthur Legat 3
23x15px Robin Montgomerie-Charrington Aston-Butterworth NB41 Butterworth 2.0 F4 D 23x15px Robin Montgomerie-Charrington 3
23x15px Tony Gaze HWM-Alta 52 Alta F2 2.0 L4 D 23x15px Tony Gaze 3, 5–6, 8
23x15px Robert O' Brien Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E 23x15px Robert O' Brien 3
23x15px Peter Whitehead Alta
Ferrari
F2
125/F2
Alta F2 2.0 L4
Ferrari 125 1.5 V12
D 23x15px Peter Whitehead 4–5, 8
23x15px Graham Whitehead 5
23x15px Escuderia Bandeirantes Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P 23x15px Philippe Étancelin 4
23x15px Gino Bianco 5–8
23x15px Eitel Cantoni 5–6, 8
23x15px Chico Landi 7–8
23x15px Jan Flinterman 7
23x15px Ecurie Belge Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E 23x15px Johnny Claes 4–5
23x15px Paul Frère 7
23x15px Scuderia Marzotto Ferrari 166/F2 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12 P 23x15px Franco Comotti 4
23x15px Piero Carini 4, 6
23x15px Archie Bryde
23x15px AHM Bryde
Cooper-Bristol T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 4
23x15px Reg Parnell 5
23x15px W.S. Aston Aston-Butterworth NB41 Butterworth 2.0 F4 D 23x15px Bill Aston 5–6, 8
23x15px Connaught Engineering Connaught-Lea Francis A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D 23x15px Kenneth McAlpine 5, 8
23x15px Ken Downing 5
23x15px Eric Thompson 5
23x15px Dennis Poore 5, 8
23x15px Stirling Moss 8
23x15px Ecurie Ecosse Cooper-Bristol T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px David Murray 5
23x15px G. Caprara Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 D 23x15px Roy Salvadori 5
23x15px Tony Crook Frazer-Nash-BMW 421 BMW 328 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Tony Crook 5
23x15px Marcel Balsa Balsa-BMW Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Marcel Balsa 6
23x15px Fritz Riess Veritas RS Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Fritz Riess 6
23x15px Theo Helfrich Veritas RS Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Theo Helfrich 6
23x15px Willi Heeks AFM-BMW 8 BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Willi Heeks 6
23x15px Helmut Niedermayr AFM-BMW 6 BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Helmut Niedermayr 6
23x15px Adolf Brudes Veritas RS Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Adolf Brudes 6
23x15px Motor Presse Verlag Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Paul Pietsch 6
23x15px Hans Klenk Veritas Meteor Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Hans Klenk 6
23x15px Josef Peters Veritas RS Veritas 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Josef Peters 6
23x15px Bernhard Nacke Nacke-BMW Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Günther Bechem 6
23x15px Ludwig Fischer AFM-BMW 8 BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Ludwig Fischer 6
23x15px Willi Krakau AFM-BMW 6 BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Willi Krakau 6
Krakau-BMW Eigenbau 23x15px Harry Merkel 6
23x15px Ernst Klodwig Heck-BMW Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Ernst Klodwig 6
23x15px Rudolf Krause Greifzu-BMW Eigenbau BMW 328 2.0 L6  ? 23x15px Rudolf Krause 6
23x15px Ken Downing Connaught-Lea Francis A Lea Francis 2.0 L4 D 23x15px Ken Downing 7
23x15px Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCM Maserati A6 2.0 L6 P 23x15px Felice Bonetto 8
23x15px Franco Rol 8
23x15px José Froilán González 8
23x15px Élie Bayol OSCA 20 OSCA 2000 2.0 L6 P 23x15px Élie Bayol 8
23x15px Piero Dusio Cisitalia-BPM D46 BPM 2.0 L4 P 23x15px Piero Dusio 8
23x15px Vicomtesse de Walckiers Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 1500 1.5 L4 E 23x15px Johnny Claes 8

* Car entered only in the Indianapolis 500 race

1952 Drivers Championship final standings

Points were awarded to top five finishers in each race on an 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 basis. One point was awarded for fastest lap. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps. Only the best four of eight scores counted towards the World Championship.

Pos. Driver SUI
23x16px
500
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
NED
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
Pts.
1 23x15px Alberto Ascari Ret 1 1 1 1 (1) (1) 36 (53.5)
2 23x15px Giuseppe Farina Ret 2 2 6 2 2 (4) 24 (27)
3 23x15px Piero Taruffi 1 Ret 3 2 4 7 22
4 23x16px Rudi Fischer 2 11† 13 3 Ret 10
= 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 4 Ret 3 4 Ret 10
6 23x15px Robert Manzon Ret 3 4 Ret Ret 5 14 9
7 23x15px Troy Ruttman 1 8
= 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 3 3 8
9 23x15px José Froilán González 2 6.5
10 23x15px Jim Rathmann 2 6
= 23x15px Jean Behra 3 Ret 7 5 Ret Ret 6
12 23x15px Sam Hanks 3 4
13 23x15px Ken Wharton 4 Ret Ret 9 3
= 23x15px Dennis Poore 4 12 3
= 23x15px Duane Carter 4 3
16 23x15px Alan Brown 5 6 22 15 2
= 23x15px Maurice Trintignant 5 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2
= 23x15px Paul Frère 5 Ret Ret 2
= 23x15px Felice Bonetto DSQ 5 2
= 23x15px Art Cross 5 2
= 23x15px Eric Thompson 5 2
22 23x15px Bill Vukovich 17 1
23x15px Roger Laurent 12 6 0
23x16px Toulo de Graffenried 6 Ret† 19 DNQ 0
23x15px Peter Collins Ret Ret 6 Ret DNQ 0
23x15px André Simon Ret† 6 0
23x15px Jimmy Bryan 6 0
23x16px Peter Hirt 7 11† Ret 0
23x15px Charles de Tornaco 7 Ret DNQ 0
23x15px Duncan Hamilton Ret 7 0
23x15px Jimmy Reece 7 0
23x15px Reg Parnell 7 0
23x15px Fritz Riess 7 0
23x15px Lance Macklin Ret 11 9 15 8 DNQ 0
23x15px Eric Brandon 8 9 20 13 0
23x15px Chico Landi 9† 8 0
23x15px Johnny Claes 8 Ret 14 10 DNQ 0
23x15px Toni Ulmen Ret 8 0
23x15px George Connor 8 0
23x15px Philippe Étancelin 8 0
23x15px Roy Salvadori 8 0
23x15px Ken Downing 9 Ret 0
23x15px Cliff Griffith 9 0
23x15px Helmut Niedermayr 9 0
23x15px Jan Flinterman 9† 0
23x15px Prince Bira Ret 10 Ret 11 0
23x15px Louis Rosier Ret Ret Ret 10 0
23x15px Peter Whitehead Ret 10 DNQ 0
23x15px Johnnie Parsons 10 0
23x15px Yves Giraud Cabantous 10 0
23x15px Eitel Cantoni Ret Ret 11 0
23x15px Jack McGrath 11 0
23x15px Hans Klenk 11 0
23x15px Jim Rigsby 12 0
23x15px Franco Comotti 12 0
23x15px Graham Whitehead 12 0
23x15px Ernst Klodwig 12 0
23x15px Joe James 13 0
23x15px Bill Schindler 14 0
23x15px Robert O'Brien 14 0
23x15px Tony Gaze 15 Ret Ret DNQ 0
23x15px George Fonder 15 0
23x15px Kenneth McAlpine 16 Ret 0
23x15px Eddie Johnson 16 0
23x15px Harry Schell Ret Ret† 17 0
23x15px Gino Bianco 18 Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Chuck Stevenson 18 0
23x15px Henry Banks 19 0
23x15px Manny Ayulo 20 0
23x15px Johnny McDowell 21 0
23x15px Tony Crook 21 0
23x15px Dries van der Lof NC 0
23x15px Stirling Moss Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Piero Carini Ret Ret 0
23x15px Bill Aston DNS Ret DNQ 0
23x15px Hans Stuck Ret DNQ 0
23x15px George Abecassis Ret 0
23x16px Max de Terra Ret 0
23x15px Spider Webb Ret 0
23x15px Rodger Ward Ret 0
23x15px Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
23x15px Duke Nalon Ret 0
23x15px Fred Agabashian Ret 0
23x15px Bob Sweikert Ret 0
23x15px Gene Hartley Ret 0
23x15px Bob Scott Ret 0
23x15px Chet Miller Ret 0
23x15px Bobby Ball Ret 0
23x15px Andy Linden Ret 0
23x15px Robin Montgomerie-Charrington Ret 0
23x15px David Murray Ret 0
23x15px Willi Heeks Ret 0
23x15px Adolf Brudes Ret 0
23x15px Marcel Balsa Ret 0
23x15px Günther Bechem Ret 0
23x15px Rudolf Krause Ret 0
23x16px Rudolf Schoeller Ret 0
23x15px Paul Pietsch Ret 0
23x15px Theo Helfrich Ret 0
23x15px Josef Peters Ret 0
23x15px Franco Rol Ret 0
23x15px Élie Bayol Ret 0
23x15px Alberto Crespo DNQ 0
23x15px Piero Dusio DNQ 0
Pos. Driver SUI
23x16px
500
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
NED
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – point shared equally between drivers sharing fastest lap)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best four results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One/Formula Two races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers, were also held in 1952.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
23x15px XI Grande Prêmio Cidade do Rio de Janeiro Gávea 20 January 23x15px José Froilán González 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px II Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 16 March 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px VI Gran Premio del Valentino Valentino Park 6 April 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px IV Richmond Trophy Goodwood 14 April 23x15px José Froilán González 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px IV Lavant Cup Goodwood 14 April 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 23x15px Cooper-Bristol Report
23x15px XIII Pau Grand Prix Pau 14 April 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I Ibsley Grand Prix Ringwood 19 April 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 23x15px Cooper-Bristol Report
23x15px X Grand Prix de Marseille Marseille 27 April 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I Aston Martin Owners Club Grand Prix Snetterton 3 May 23x15px Dickie Stoop 23x15px Frazer Nash Report
23x15px IV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 10 May 23x15px Lance Macklin 23x15px HWM-Alta Report
23x15px XIV Eläintarhanajot Eläintarharata 11 May 23x15px Roger Laurent 23x15px Talbot-Lago Report
23x15px V Gran Premio di Napoli Posillipo 11 May 23x15px Giuseppe Farina 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px XVI Internationales ADAC Eifelrennen Nürburgring 25 May 23x16px Rudi Fischer 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px VI Grand Prix de Paris Montlhéry 25 May 23x15px Piero Taruffi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px XIV Grand Prix de l'Albigeois Albi 1 June 23x15px Louis Rosier 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px XXII Grand Prix des Frontières Chimay 1 June 23x15px Paul Frère 23x15px HWM-Alta Report
23x15px VI Ulster Trophy Dundrod 7 June 23x15px Piero Taruffi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px V Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza Monza 8 June 23x15px Giuseppe Farina 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px IV Aix les Bains Circuit du Lac Aix-les-Bains 8 June 23x15px Jean Behra 23x15px Gordini Report
23x15px I West Essex CC Race Boreham 21 June 23x15px Reg Parnell 23x15px Cooper-Bristol Report
23x15px XVI Grand Prix de la Marne Reims 29 June 23x15px Jean Behra 23x15px Gordini Report
23x15px II Grand Prix de Sables d'Olonne Sables 13 July 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I Grand Prix de Caen Caen 27 July 23x15px Maurice Trintignant 23x15px Gordini Report
23x15px II Daily Mail Trophy Boreham 2 August 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px XVI Grand Prix de Comminges Comminges 10 August 23x15px André Simon 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I National Trophy Turnberry 23 August 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 23x15px Connaught Report
23x15px XI Grand Prix de la Baule La Baule 24 August 23x15px Alberto Ascari 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px III Gran Premio di Modena Modena 14 September 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px IV Circuit de Cadours Cadours 14 September 23x15px Louis Rosier 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px II Skarpnäcksloppet Skarpnäck 14 September 23x15px Gunnar Carlsson 23x15px Mercury Report
23x15px V Madgwick Cup Goodwood 27 September 23x15px Ken Downing 23x15px Connaught Report
23x15px VIII Internationales Avusrennen AVUS 28 September 23x16px Rudi Fischer 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I Joe Fry Memorial Trophy Castle Combe 4 October 23x15px Roy Salvadori 23x15px Ferrari Report
23x15px I Newcastle Journal Trophy Charterhall 11 October 23x15px Dennis Poore 23x15px Connaught Report
23x15px XII Grande Prêmio Cidade do Rio de Janeiro Gávea 14 December 23x15px Henrique Casini 23x15px Ferrari Report

East German Championship

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
23x15px I Rostock Osthafenkurs Rostock 20 April 23x15px Paul Greifzu 23x15px BMW-Eigenbau Report
23x15px I Bernau Autobahnschleife Bernau 4 May 23x15px Rudolf Krause 23x15px BMW-Reif Report
23x15px I Dessau Autobahnspinne Dessau 11 May 23x15px Fritz Riess 23x15px Veritas-Meteor Report
23x15px III Leipzig Stadtparkrennen Leipzig 2 June 23x15px Edgar Barth 23x15px IFA-Kollektiv Report
23x15px III Strassen-Rennen Halle-Saale-Schleife Halle-Saale-Schleife 8 June 23x15px Edgar Barth 23x15px IFA-Kollektiv Report
23x15px I Strassen-rennen Leipzig Leipzig 17 August 23x15px Hans Stuck 23x15px AFM-BMW Report
23x15px V DMV Grenzlandringrennen Grenzlandring 31 August 23x15px Toni Ulmen 23x15px Veritas Report
23x15px IV Sachsenringrennen Sachsenring 7 September 23x15px Edgar Barth 23x15px EMW-BMW Report

References

  1. Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 12
  2. forums.autosport.com/topic/63822-grand-prix-cancelled/