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1959 Portuguese Grand Prix

The 1959 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monsanto on 23 August 1959. It was race 7 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 6 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the eighth Portuguese Grand Prix and the second to be held for the Formula One World Drivers' Championship. It was the third time the race was held at Monsanto and the first for Formula One. The race was held over 62 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 337 kilometres.

1959 Portuguese Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 23 August 1959
Official name VIII Portuguese Grand Prix
Location Circuito de Monsanto
Lisbon, Portugal
Course Public road
Course length 5.440 km (3.380 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 337.28 km (209.56 mi)
Weather Hot and clear.
Pole position
Driver Cooper-Climax
Time 2:02.89
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax
Time 2:05.07
Podium
First Cooper-Climax
Second Cooper-Climax
Third Ferrari

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss, his eleventh Grand Prix victory, driving a Cooper T51 for privateer race team Rob Walker Racing Team. Moss finished a lap ahead of American racer Masten Gregory driving a similar Cooper T51 for the factory Cooper Car Company team. American Scuderia Ferrari driver Dan Gurney finished third in his Ferrari Dino 246.

Race reportEdit

Wins in France and Germany had given Tony Brooks a healthy second place in the championship behind Jack Brabham. Stirling Moss improved on his poor championship position with a dominating drive, lapping the entire field except for second-placed Masten Gregory and third-placed Dan Gurney. Phil Hill and Graham Hill crashed into each other on lap 6, whilst Brabham had an enormous somersaulting crash from which he emerged unscathed. Gurney was the only Ferrari in the top eight with Maurice Trintignant and Harry Schell rounding off the top five.

With Brabham failing to finish and Brooks finishing a distant five laps down in ninth, Moss closed the gap to just 9½ points behind Brabham and 5½ points behind Brooks in the championship race.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4   Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 2:02.9
2 1   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 2:04.9 +2.0
3 2   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 2:06.3 +3.4
4 5   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 2:07.4 +4.5
5 7   Jo Bonnier BRM 2:07.9 +5.0
6 16   Dan Gurney Ferrari 2:08.0 +5.1
7 15   Phil Hill Ferrari 2:08.1 +5.2
8 3   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 2:08.2 +5.3
9 6   Harry Schell BRM 2:09.1 +6.2
10 14   Tony Brooks Ferrari 2:11.0 +8.1
11 8   Ron Flockhart BRM 2:11.2 +8.3
12 10   Roy Salvadori Aston Martin 2:13.3 +10.4
13 9   Carroll Shelby Aston Martin 2:13.6 +10.7
14 18   Mário de Araújo Cabral Cooper-Maserati 2:15.3 +12.4
15 11   Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 2:15.6 +12.7
16 12   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 2:18.5 +15.6
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 62 2:11:55.41 1 91
2 2   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 61 + 1 Lap 3 6
3 16   Dan Gurney Ferrari 61 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 5   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 60 + 2 Laps 4 3
5 6   Harry Schell BRM 59 + 3 Laps 9 2
6 10   Roy Salvadori Aston Martin 59 + 3 Laps 12  
7 8   Ron Flockhart BRM 59 + 3 Laps 11  
8 9   Carroll Shelby Aston Martin 58 + 4 Laps 13  
9 14   Tony Brooks Ferrari 57 + 5 Laps 10  
10 18   Mário de Araújo Cabral Cooper-Maserati 56 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 3   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 38 Transmission 8  
Ret 1   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 23 Collision 2  
Ret 7   Jo Bonnier BRM 10 Engine 5  
Ret 15   Phil Hill Ferrari 5 Accident 7  
Ret 11   Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 5 Accident 15  
Ret 12   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 3 Gearbox 16  
Source:[2]
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. Only the best 5 results counted towards each Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Portugal 1959 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  2. ^ "1959 Portuguese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Portugal 1959 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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