1956 Italian Grand Prix

The 1956 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 2 September 1956 at Monza. It was the eighth and final race of the 1956 World Championship of Drivers.

1956 Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza layout
Race details
Date 2 September 1956
Official name XXVII Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent road course
Course length 10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 500.023 km (310.700 mi)
Weather Cloudy, warm, alternating light rain
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:42:6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati
Time 2:45.5
Podium
First Maserati
Second Ferrari
Third Connaught-Alta

Coming into the race, Juan Manuel Fangio had an eight-point lead over Ferrari teammate Peter Collins and Jean Behra, driving for Maserati.

Fangio retired with a broken steering arm, while Behra also had to pull out. Luigi Musso, also driving for Ferrari, was told to hand his car over to Fangio to ensure the Argentine's third consecutive title but he refused. Brit Collins, with the opportunity for his first world championship, sportingly handed his car over to Fangio during a routine pit-stop. Fangio finished second, behind Stirling Moss, giving himself and Collins a share of the points for second place and ensuring his fourth title.

The race saw the World Championship debuts of Jo Bonnier, Les Leston and Wolfgang von Trips and the final World Championship appearances for Hermano da Silva Ramos, Toulo de Graffenried, Robert Manzon, Piero Taruffi and Luigi Villoresi. Ron Flockhart scored his first World Championship points (and podium finish) and it was the first World Championship race led by Luigi Musso.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 22   Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 2:42.6
2 24   Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 2:43.4 +0.8
3 28   Luigi Musso Ferrari 2:43.7 +1.1
4 16   Piero Taruffi Vanwall 2:45.4 +2.8
5 32   Jean Behra Maserati 2:45.6 +3.0
6 36   Stirling Moss Maserati 2:45.9 +3.3
7 26   Peter Collins Ferrari 2:46.0 +3.4
8 34   Luigi Villoresi Maserati 2:47.7 +5.1
9 30   Alfonso de Portago Ferrari 2:47.8 +5.2
10 18   Harry Schell Vanwall 2:50.1 +7.5
11 20   Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 2:51.6 +9.0
12 46   Umberto Maglioli Maserati 2:52.7 +10.1
13 44   Roy Salvadori Maserati 2:54.6 +12.0
14 40   Luigi Piotti Maserati 2:58.6 +16.0
15 6   Jack Fairman Connaught-Alta 2:59.2 +16.6
16 42   Gerino Gerini Maserati 3:02.6 +20.0
17 38   Paco Godia Maserati 3:02.9 +20.3
18 14   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 3:03.3 +20.7
19 2   Les Leston Connaught-Alta 3:04.3 +21.7
20 8   Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 3:04.8 +22.2
21 48   Bruce Halford Maserati 3:05.0 +22.4
22 10   Robert Manzon Gordini 3:06.6 +24.0
23 4   Ron Flockhart Connaught-Alta 3:08.1 +25.5
24 12   André Simon Gordini 3:13.3 +30.7
DNS 50   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 36   Stirling Moss Maserati 50 2:23:41.3 6 91
2 26   Peter Collins
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari 50 +5.7 secs 7 3
3
3 4   Ron Flockhart Connaught-Alta 49 +1 Lap 23 4
4 38   Paco Godia Maserati 49 +1 Lap 17 3
5 6   Jack Fairman Connaught-Alta 47 +3 Laps 15 2
6 40   Luigi Piotti Maserati 47 +3 Laps 14
7 14   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 46 +4 Laps 18
8 22   Juan Manuel Fangio
  Eugenio Castellotti
Ferrari 46 +4 Laps 1
9 12   André Simon Gordini 45 +5 Laps 24
10 42   Gerino Gerini Maserati 42 +8 Laps 16
11 44   Roy Salvadori Maserati 41 +9 Laps 13
Ret 28   Luigi Musso Ferrari 47 Steering 3
Ret 46   Umberto Maglioli
  Jean Behra
Maserati 42 Steering 12
Ret 18   Harry Schell Vanwall 32 Transmission 10
Ret 32   Jean Behra Maserati 23 Magneto 5
Ret 48   Bruce Halford Maserati 16 Engine 21
Ret 20   Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 13 Transmission 11
Ret 16   Piero Taruffi Vanwall 12 Oil Leak 4
Ret 24   Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 9 Tyre 2
Ret 34   Luigi Villoresi
  Jo Bonnier
Maserati 7 Engine 8
Ret 10   Robert Manzon Gordini 7 Chassis 22
Ret 30   Alfonso de Portago Ferrari 6 Tyre 9
Ret 2   Les Leston Connaught-Alta 6 Suspension 19
Ret 8   Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 3 Engine 20
DNS 50   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Practice Accident
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

NotesEdit

  • Shared Drives:
  • Debut for Jo Bonnier, Les Leston and Wolfgang von Trips
  • Only World Championship podium for a Connaught car.
  • Two drivers were fighting for the championship going into the race: Fangio on 30 points and Collins on 22 points
    • Fangio would finish ahead of Collins in the Championship if:
      • Collins doesn't win the race or
      • Collins wins the race without fast lap and Fangio finished at least 3rd with fastest lap or
      • Fangio finished at least 2nd
    • Collins would finish ahead of Fangio in the Championship if:
      • Collins wins the race with fastest lap and Fangio finished 3rd or lower or
      • Collins wins the race without fastest lap and Fangio finished 3rd or lower without fastest lap as well

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 30 (33)
  2 2   Stirling Moss 27 (28)
  1 3   Peter Collins 25
  1 4   Jean Behra 22
  5   Pat Flaherty 8
Source: [3]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1956 Italian GP Qualification". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. ^ "1956 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Italy 1956 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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