1958 Monaco Grand Prix

43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

1958 Monaco Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 18 May 1958
Official name XVI Grand Prix Automobile
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.145 km (1.954 miles)
Distance 100 laps, 314.5 km (195.4 miles)
Pole position
Driver Vanwall
Time 1:39.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Time 1:40.6
First Cooper-Climax
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders
Lotus 12, chassis no 353, (pictured above in 2010) was driven by Graham Hill in his Grand Prix debut at Monaco in 1958

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 May 1958 at Monaco. It was race 2 of 11 in the 1958 World Championship of Drivers and race 2 of 10 in the 1958 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was the 16th Monaco Grand Prix and was held over 100 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 314 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Maurice Trintignant in the second and final Grand Prix victory of his long career. The win was the second consecutive victory for the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team. Trintignant took the teams newly acquired Cooper T45 to a twenty-second victory over Italian driver Luigi Musso driving a Ferrari 246 F1 with Musso's British teammate Peter Collins (Ferrari 246 F1) was third.

Trintignant's win put the superiority of front-engined cars in doubt. Musso's second place put him into a four-point championship lead over Moss and Trintignant.

Race report edit

Vanwall and BRM returned after their Argentine absence and so Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Harry Schell all went back to their regular drives. In Moss's place at the Rob Walker Racing Team with the new 2000 cc engined Cooper T45 was French driver Maurice Trintignant. The race winning Cooper T43 could not even qualify for the small 16-car Monaco grid, Ron Flockhart was first reserve for the race.

Missing from the field was the previous year's winner and reigning World Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio who did not have a full-season drive. Fangio himself was in America, preparing for an ultimately disappointing Indianapolis 500 campaign with the Dayton-Walther team. Future Formula One impresario Bernie Ecclestone entered two Connaught B-Types to be driven by Ken Kavanagh and Paul Emery. Neither could qualify complaining of handling problems so Bernie Ecclestone tested one of the cars to see if he could help identify the cause, but he couldn't. This has given rise to the widely circulated story that he attempted unsuccessfully to qualify. Also failing to make the grid were Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first female driver to enter a World Championship Grand Prix, and 58-year-old Louis Chiron in his final appearance at a Grand Prix. The Monaco local had won the Grand Prix 27 years earlier but Chiron and his Maserati 250F did not make it past qualifying.

Tony Brooks took pole position in his Vanwall VW 5 but Behra won the start. He led until his brakes failed in his BRM P25, and Mike Hawthorn swept by in the Ferrari 246 F1. Moss (Vanwall VW 5) had been duelling with him throughout the race until he retired on lap 38, and Hawthorn followed suit on lap 47 with a broken fuel pump. Graham Hill (Lotus 12) retired from fourth place in his first race on lap 69, after briefly leading. Vanwall pair Brooks and Stuart Lewis-Evans retired, leaving Trintignant to lead home the Ferraris by some 20 seconds giving Rob Walker his second race win of the year. Behind the Ferraris of Luigi Musso and Peter Collins was Jack Brabham in the factory Cooper T45, although three laps down and still looking a long way from becoming the next years champion. Schell in his BRM P25 was a further six laps behind Brabham picking up the final points after Wolfgang von Trips had an engine failure in the closing stages in his Ferrari 246 F1. The only other car still circulating was the second Lotus 12 of Cliff Allison, 13 laps behind Trintignant.

Trintignant's win disproved the belief that rear-engined Cooper victory achieved by Stirling Moss in Argentina was a one-off freak circumstance win, and the smaller British cars would be treated more seriously, although ultimately a Cooper would not win again until 1959. The Rob Walker Racing Teams pair of early 1958 victories would remain the best ever performance by a privateer team until the rise of Tyrrell Racing in the late 1960s.

Classification edit

Qualifying edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 30   Tony Brooks Vanwall 1:39.8
2 6   Jean Behra BRM 1:40.8 +1.0
3 16   Jack Brabham CooperClimax 1:41.0 +1.2
4 18   Roy Salvadori CooperClimax 1:41.0 +1.2
5 20   Maurice Trintignant CooperClimax 1:41.1 +1.3
6 38   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 1:41.5 +1.7
7 32   Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 1:41.8 +2.0
8 28   Stirling Moss Vanwall 1:42.3 +2.5
9 36   Peter Collins Ferrari 1:42.4 +2.6
10 34   Luigi Musso Ferrari 1:42.6 +2.8
11 8   Harry Schell BRM 1:43.8 +4.0
12 40   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 1:44.3 +4.5
13 24   Cliff Allison LotusClimax 1:44.6 +4.8
14 46   Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 1:44.7 +4.9
15 26   Graham Hill LotusClimax 1:45.0 +5.2
16 58   Jo Bonnier Maserati 1:45.0 +5.2
17 22   Ron Flockhart CooperClimax 1:45.9 +6.1
18 50   Ken Kavanagh Maserati 1:49.0 +9.2
19 48   Gerino Gerini Maserati 1:49.8 +10.0
20 12   Bruce Kessler ConnaughtAlta 1:50.5 +10.7
21 14   Paul Emery ConnaughtAlta 1:50.8 +11.0
22 44   Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati 1:50.8 +11.0
23 56   André Testut Maserati 1:51.4 +11.6
24 52   Giulio Cabianca O.S.C.A. 1:52.0 +12.2
25 54   Luigi Piotti O.S.C.A. 1:52.4 +12.6
26 42   Horace Gould Maserati 1:54.0 +14.2
DNQ 12   Bernie Ecclestone ConnaughtAlta 2:43.3 +1:03.5
DNQ 50   Luigi Taramazzo Maserati No time
DNQ 56   Louis Chiron Maserati No time
DNQ 4   Paco Godia Maserati No time

Race edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 100 2:52:27.9 5 8
2 34   Luigi Musso Ferrari 100 +20.2 secs 10 6
3 36   Peter Collins Ferrari 100 +38.8 secs 9 4
4 16   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 97 +3 Laps 3 3
5 8   Harry Schell BRM 91 +9 Laps 12 2
6 24   Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 87 +13 Laps 13
Ret 40   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 91 Engine 11
Ret 58   Jo Bonnier Maserati 71 Accident 16
Ret 26   Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 69 Halfshaft 15
Ret 18   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 56 Gearbox 4
Ret 38   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 47 Fuel pump 6 11
Ret 28   Stirling Moss Vanwall 38 Engine 8
Ret 6   Jean Behra BRM 29 Brakes 2
Ret 46   Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 28 Engine 14
Ret 30   Tony Brooks Vanwall 22 Engine 1
Ret 32   Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 11 Overheating 7
DNQ 22   Ron Flockhart Cooper-Climax
DNQ 50   Ken Kavanagh Maserati
DNQ 48   Gerino Gerini Maserati
DNQ 12   Bruce Kessler Connaught-Alta
DNQ 14   Paul Emery Connaught-Alta
DNQ 44   Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati
DNQ 56   André Testut Maserati
DNQ 52   Giulio Cabianca Osca
DNQ 54   Luigi Piotti Osca
DNQ 42   Horace Gould Maserati
DNQ 10   Ron Flockhart BRM
DNQ 12   Bernie Ecclestone Connaught-Alta
DNQ 50   Luigi Taramazzo Maserati
DNQ 56   Louis Chiron Maserati
DNQ 4   Paco Godia Maserati
  • ^1 – 1 point for fastest lap

Additional information edit

This was the debut World Championship race for Cliff Allison, future double world champion and five time Monaco winner Graham Hill, Ken Kavanagh, Bruce Kessler, Maria Teresa de Filippis, André Testut, Giulio Cabianca, Bernie Ecclestone, and Luigi Taramazzo. It also marked the debut race for Team Lotus in Formula One.

Luigi Musso scored his final podium and points this race, while Maurice Trintignant claimed his final victory.

Championship standings after the race edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ "1958 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying". Motorsport Stats. 26 September 2019.
  2. ^ "1958 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "1958 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Monaco 1958 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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