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The 1958 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims on 6 July 1958. It was race 6 of 11 in the 1958 World Championship of Drivers and race 5 of 10 in the 1958 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

1958 French Grand Prix
Reims-Gueux layout
Reims-Gueux layout
Race details
Date 6 July 1958
Official name XLIV Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location Reims circuit, Reims, France
Course Temporary road course
Course length 8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 415.1 km (257.95 mi)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:21.7
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Time 2:24.9
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Vanwall
Third Ferrari

The race was won by Mike Hawthorn driving a Ferrari; it was his first Formula One victory since the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix and would prove to be his last. It was also the last Formula One race for five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio. On the final lap, Hawthorn eased up to let Fangio, running fifth at the time, finish on the lead lap of his last race. This turned out to be a blessing, as Peter Collins crashed on the final lap, allowing Fangio to secure fourth.

The race was marred by Ferrari driver Luigi Musso's fatal accident at the Muzione hairpin. His car hurtled off course and crashed into a ditch. Musso was thrown out of the car, was critically injured and died later that day at a hospital near the track.

The race is a prime example of the danger of Formula One at the time. Of the 21 starters, six would die in racing cars within the next three years. Musso died in the race itself, while Peter Collins would die in that year's German Grand Prix, Lewis-Evans would die at the Moroccan Grand Prix, Jean Behra would die in a support race for the 1959 German Grand Prix, Harry Schell would die in practice for the 1960 BRDC International Trophy, and Wolfgang von Trips and a dozen spectators would die at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 50 2:03:21.3 1 91
2 8   Stirling Moss Vanwall 50 + 24.6 6 6
3 6   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 50 + 59.7 21 4
4 34   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 50 + 2:30.6 8 3
5 42   Peter Collins Ferrari 50 + 5:24.9 4 2
6 22   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 49 + 1 Lap 12  
7 36   Phil Hill Maserati 49 + 1 Lap 13  
8 38   Jo Bonnier Maserati 48 + 2 Laps 16  
9 32   Gerino Gerini Maserati 47 + 3 Laps 15  
10 30   Troy Ruttman Maserati 45 + 5 Laps 18  
11 20   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 37 + 13 Laps 14  
Ret 16   Harry Schell BRM 41 Overheating 3  
Ret 14   Jean Behra BRM 41 Fuel Pump 9  
Ret 12   Stuart Lewis-Evans
  Tony Brooks
Vanwall 35 Engine 10  
Ret 24   Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 33 Overheating 19  
Ret 40   Paco Godia Maserati 28 Accident 11  
Ret 18   Maurice Trintignant BRM 23 Fuel Pump 7  
Ret 10   Tony Brooks Vanwall 16 Engine 5  
Ret 2   Luigi Musso Ferrari 9 Fatal Accident 2  
Ret 28   Carroll Shelby Maserati 9 Engine 17  
Ret 26   Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 6 Engine 20  
Source:[1]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1958 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "France 1958 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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