1961 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1961 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 June 1961 at Spa-Francorchamps. It was race 3 of 8 in both the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

1961 Belgian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 18 June 1961
Official name XXI Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Street circuit/Racing facility
Course length 14.1 km (8.761 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 423.0 km (262.8 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 3.59.3
Fastest lap
Driver United States Richie Ginther Ferrari
Time 3.59.8 on lap 20
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

The organizers of the race invited 25 entries, but were only going to pay starting money to 19: sixteen pre-selected cars plus the 3 fastest of the remaining 9. Three of the cars without starting money decided not to race after practicing. A fourth entry was a single car for Cliff Allison and Henry Taylor. UDT Laystall decided to let the fastest driver in practice compete, but Allison wrecked the car on his first practice lap. The Emeryson cars were also discarded by Equipe Nationale Belge after discovering terminal chassis damage on one of them, although Willy Mairesse gained the use of a Team Lotus spare machine to post a better time on Saturday. The team eventually reached a deal for Mairesse and Lucien Bianchi to compete in the race with the older, yet proven, Lotus 18s of non-starters Marsh and Seidel.

The race was completely dominated by the Ferrari team, with the four works drivers finishing 1-2-3-4. This was the last time any constructor achieved this score in a F1 race.[1] While Graham Hill took the lead at the start from sixth on the grid, he could not hold off the Italian cars and all had passed him by the end of the first lap. Hill fought with John Surtees for fifth place until he retired with an oil leak on the 24th lap.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 4   Phil Hill Ferrari 4:06.3 3:59.3
2 2   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 4:04.0 4:00.1 +0.8
3 8   Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 4:05.8 4:03.0 +3.7
4 24   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 4:09.1 4:06.0 +6.7
5 6   Richie Ginther Ferrari 4:10.5 4:06.1 +6.8
6 36   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 4:07.6 unknown +8.3
7 38   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 4:09.8 4:07.9 +8.6
8 14   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 4:14.3 4:08.2 +8.9
9 18   Jo Bonnier Porsche 4:12.3 4:08.3 +9.0
10 20   Dan Gurney Porsche 4:08.4 4:10.9 +9.1
11 28   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 4:12.2 4:08.6 +9.3
12 44   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 4:13.5 4:10.2 +10.9
13 40   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 4:18.0 4:11.1 +11.8
14 22   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 4:18.7 4:16.7 +17.4
15 30   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 4:22.9 4:17.4 +18.1
16 34   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax No time 4:17.7 +18.4
17 46   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 4:20.8 4:19.0 +19.7
18 32   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax No time 4:20.0 +20.7
19 10   Willy Mairesse Lotus-Climax 4:27.3 4:20.6 +21.3
20 26   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 8:54.2 4:21.4 +22.1
21 42   Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 4:26.8 4:23.2 +23.9
22 12   Lucien Bianchi Emeryson-Maserati 4:27.3 4:49.3 +28.0
23 48   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 4:33.0 4:27.4 +28.1
24 50   Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax 4:57.2 4:34.6 +35.3
DNS 16   Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax No time No time
Source:[2][3]

     Drivers that were not guaranteed full starting money: only the top 3 non-guaranteed drivers would receive it. Despite this, Godin de Beaufort and Bandini chose to compete anyway.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Phil Hill Ferrari 30 2:03:03.8 1 9
2 2   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 30 +0.7 secs 2 6
3 6   Richie Ginther Ferrari 30 +19.5 secs 5 4
4 8   Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 30 +45.6 secs 3 3
5 24   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 30 +1:26.8 4 2
6 20   Dan Gurney Porsche 30 +1:31.0 10 1
7 18   Jo Bonnier Porsche 30 +2:47.1 9
8 14   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 30 +3:55.6 8
9 40   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 13
10 44   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 12
11 22   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 28 +2 Laps 14
12 34   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 24 +6 Laps 16
13 38   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 24 +6 Laps 7
Ret 36   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 24 Ignition 6
Ret 26   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 23 Gearbox 20
Ret 46   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 20 Wheel Bearing 17
Ret 28   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 12 Engine 11
Ret 30   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 9 Ignition 15
Ret 32   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 9 Engine 18
Ret 12   Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 9 Oil Leak 21
Ret 10   Willy Mairesse Lotus-Climax 7 Ignition 19
DNS 42   Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 48   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 50   Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 16   Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax Car Damaged in Practice
WD 16   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax Car Damaged by Allison
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Of the 4 works Ferraris, 3 were painted red in the tradition of rosso corsa, the national racing colour of Italy, and Gendebien's was painted in a Belgian racing yellow. Apart from two NART entries in 1964 this was the last time a Ferrari car wore other than the traditional red colour in Formula One.
  2. ^ "1961 Beigan GP Qualification". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Belgium 1961". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  4. ^ "1961 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Belgium 1961 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.


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