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1960 Italian Grand Prix

The 1960 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 4 September 1960. It was race 9 of 10 in the 1960 World Championship of Drivers and race 8 of 9 in the 1960 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was won by American driver Phil Hill driving a Ferrari 246 F1.

1960 Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Race details
Date 4 September 1960
Official name XXXI Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent road course
Course length 10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 500.000 km (310.686 mi)
Weather Warm, dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:41:4
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 2:43.6
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

Race summaryEdit

The 1960 season had been a frustrating one for Ferrari's Formula 1 program as they campaigned their obsolete Dino 246, a front engined car as the rear engined design established supremacy. Due to the boycott by British teams, the championship had already been decided for Jack Brabham and Ferrari had gone without a victory. Seeing an opportunity, the Italian organizers decided to maximize Ferrari's one advantage —straightline speed— by using the combined Monza road and banked oval circuit, making the fast Monza even faster.

Citing the fragility of their cars and the dangers of the banking, the major British factory teams of the day—Lotus, BRM, and Cooper, all boycotted the event, leading to a cobbled together field of private entrants and Formula 2 cars.

The race was a processional affair, with Ginther leading at the start and eventually being overtaken by Hill. The pair with teammate Willy Mairesse raced on to a rare 1–2–3 team result for Scuderia Ferrari. The boycott also allowed Scuderia Castellotti to score its only world championship points with Giulio Cabianca finishing fourth in his Cooper T51, two laps behind Hill and ahead of Scuderia Ferrari's fourth entry, Wolfgang von Trips in a 1.5 L-engined (conforming to F2 regulations) Ferrari 156 F2 car.

It was the first victory by an American driver in a Grand Prix since Jimmy Murphy in 1921, and the first by an American in the modern era, post codification of the Formula One championship in 1950. It would also be the last Formula One victory by a front-engined car.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20   Phil Hill Ferrari 50 2:21:09.2 1 8
2 18   Richie Ginther Ferrari 50 + 2:27.6 2 6
3 16   Willy Mairesse Ferrari 49 + 1 Lap 3 4
4 2   Giulio Cabianca Cooper-Castellotti 48 + 2 Laps 4 3
5 22   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 48 + 2 Laps 6 2
6 26   Hans Herrmann Porsche 47 + 3 Laps 10 1
7 24   Edgar Barth Porsche 47 + 3 Laps 12  
8 12   Piero Drogo Cooper-Climax 45 + 5 Laps 15  
9 10   Wolfgang Seidel Cooper-Climax 44 + 6 Laps 13  
10 28   Fred Gamble Behra-Porsche-Porsche 41 + 9 laps 14  
Ret 6   Brian Naylor JBW-Maserati 41 Gearbox 7  
Ret 34   Alfonso Thiele Cooper-Maserati 32 Gearbox 9  
Ret 4   Gino Munaron Cooper-Castellotti 27 Engine 8  
Ret 36   Giorgio Scarlatti Cooper-Maserati 26 Engine 5  
Ret 30   Vic Wilson Cooper-Climax 23 Engine 16  
Ret 8   Arthur Owen Cooper-Climax 0 Accident 11  
DNS 14   Horace Gould Maserati Fuel system

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results counted towards each Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1960 Italian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Italy 1960 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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