Endurance test for man and machine.
It was a hot day in Lyon, France in July 1914. Well over 200,000 spectators crowded on the edge of a dry, dusty circuit. The resounding applause was for the newcomer Max Sailer. He pushed his Mercedes racing car to its limits, driving record lap times and, after five out of a total of twenty laps, he was leading the French Grand Prix with a sensational lead ofalmost three minutes.
But triumph proved to be a long way away: over the total distance of 752.6 kilometres, only eleven of the 37 entrants completed the distance properly. The race was a test of endurance for man and machine. Sailer dropped out in the sixth lap.