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|
|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 miles)|
|Distance||50 laps, 415.1 km (257.95 miles)|
The race was won by Mike Hawthorn driving a Ferrari 246 F1; 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 Muizon 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.
Of the 21 starters, six died in racing cars within the next three years. Musso died in the race itself, while Peter Collins died in that year's German Grand Prix, Lewis-Evans at the Moroccan Grand Prix, Jean Behra in a support race for the 1959 German Grand Prix, Harry Schell in practice for the 1960 BRDC International Trophy, and Wolfgang von Trips and a dozen spectators died at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix.
|8||34||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati||2:24.0||+2.3|
|21||6||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari|
|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 (crashed)||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||14||Jean Behra||BRM||41||Fuel Pump||9|
|Ret||12|| Stuart Lewis-Evans
|Ret||18||Maurice Trintignant||BRM||23||Fuel Pump||7|
|Ret||2||Luigi Musso||Ferrari||9||Fatal Accident||2|
- ^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.
- ^ "1958 ACF GP Qualification". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
- ^ "1958 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- ^ a b "France 1958 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.