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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. The team decided to let the fastest driver in practice compete, but Allison wrecked the car on his first practice lap. The Emeryson cars of Bianchi and Mairesse were also damaged beyond repair in practice, but they competed by using the older Lotus 18s of Marsh and Seidel, who had decided not to race. The race was completely dominated by the Ferrari team, with the four works drivers finishing 1-2-3-4. 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.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

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 23
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
DNS 16   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax Car Damaged by Allison
Source:[1]

NotesEdit

  • Final race entry by Cliff Allison after crash during practice in which he broke both knees and fractured his pelvis.
  • Of the 4 works Ferraris, 3 were painted red and one was painted yellow (Gendebien's, because he was Belgian and it was a one-off drive).

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1961 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Belgium 1961 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 March 2019.


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