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1956 Argentine Grand Prix

The 1956 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 22 January 1956 at Buenos Aires. It was race 1 of 8 in the 1956 World Championship of Drivers.

1956 Argentine Grand Prix
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 2 (Histórico).svg
Race details
Date 22 January 1956
Official name IV Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina
Location Autódromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.912 km (2.431 mi)
Distance 98 laps, 383.376 km (238.219 mi)
Weather Overcast but dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:42.5
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 1:45.3
First Ferrari
Second Maserati
Third Maserati

With the withdrawal of Mercedes from Formula One, Fangio and Moss would begin the season with new teams. Fangio would join Ferrari while Moss would lead the Maserati team. The grid at Argentina was completely composed of Italian cars. Ferrari and Maserati showed up with five cars each. The other three cars were Maseratis: two private entries and Hawthorn for the B.R.M. team.

Ferrari dominated practice and occupied the first three grid positions with Fangio's pole time 2.2 sec faster than second. However, Maserati dominated the early race with Menditeguy and Moss leading the field. Fangio was a non factor with a faulty fuel pump. He took over Musso's car on lap 29 and re-entered in fifth place. Fangio quickly passed Behra but lost his position after spinning. From laps 40-43 disaster struck the leaders. While third Castellotti's gearbox broke, Menditguy left the lead with a broken driveshaft, and new leader Moss's engine began to smoke. Fangio, who had overtaken Behra, passed the ailing Moss on lap 66 and finished unchallenged after Behra spun late. The race was not without controversy when the Maserati team manager lodged a protest that Fangio was push-started after the earlier spin. However, the protest was rejected by both the stewards and the F.I.A.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 34   Luigi Musso
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari 98 3:00:03.7 3 4
2 4   Jean Behra Maserati 98 +24.4 secs 4 6
3 14   Mike Hawthorn Maserati 98 +2 Laps 8 4
4 10   Chico Landi
  Gerino Gerini
Maserati 92 +6 Laps 11 1.5
5 38   Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 91 +7 Laps 10 2
6 16   Alberto Uria
  Oscar González
Maserati 88 +10 Laps 13
Ret 2   Stirling Moss Maserati 81 Engine 7
Ret 36   Peter Collins Ferrari 58 Accident 9
Ret 8   Luigi Piotti Maserati 57 Accident 12
Ret 6   Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 42 Halfshaft 6
Ret 32   Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 40 Gearbox 2
Ret 12   José Froilán González Maserati 24 Engine 5
Ret 30   Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 22 Fuel Pump 1
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap


Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1   Jean Behra 6
2   Juan Manuel Fangio 5
3   Luigi Musso 4
4   Mike Hawthorn 4
5   Olivier Gendebien 2
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


  1. ^ "1956 Argentine Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Argentina 1956 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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