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1961 British Grand Prix

The 1961 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held on 15 July 1961 at the Aintree Circuit, near Liverpool. It was race 5 of 8 in both the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

1961 British Grand Prix
Circuit Aintree.svg
Race details
Date 15 July 1961
Official name XIV RAC British Grand Prix
Location Aintree Circuit, Liverpool, England
Course Permanent road course
Course length 4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 362.10 km (225.00 mi)
Weather Torrential rain, drying later
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:58.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax
Time 1:57.8 on lap 72
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

Following a wet weekend, with torrential rain affecting both qualifying and the race start, the Grand Prix was ultimately dominated by Scuderia Ferrari, with their drivers taking all three podium positions. The race was won by German Wolfgang von Trips, who had led for much of the race after starting from fourth place on the grid. This was von Trips's second but also his final Grand Prix victory as two races later he was killed in an accident during the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. Pole position winner Phil Hill drove to second place, on his way to winning the World Drivers' Championship at the end of the season, and third place was taken by Hill's American compatriot Richie Ginther.

The 1961 British Grand Prix is also notable as being the first occasion on which a four-wheel drive car, and the last at which a front engined car was entered for a World Championship race. These two accomplishments were achieved by the same vehicle: the experimental Ferguson P99-Climax run by the Rob Walker Racing Team. Although the car was disqualified for receiving assistance on the track, in the hands of Stirling Moss – who took over the car from first driver Jack Fairman after his own Lotus's brakes failed – it showed some promise. The 1961 British Grand Prix also marked the last occasion on which Moss contested a Grand Prix race on home soil, as his career was ended by an accident during a non-championship race prior to the 1962 season.

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 75 2:40:53.6 4 9
2 2   Phil Hill Ferrari 75 +46.0 secs 1 6
3 6   Richie Ginther Ferrari 75 +46.8 secs 2 4
4 12   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 75 +1:08.6 9 3
5 8   Jo Bonnier Porsche 75 +1:16.2 3 2
6 36   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 75 +1:26.2 13 1
7 10   Dan Gurney Porsche 74 +1 Lap 12
8 14   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 74 +1 Lap 14
9 22   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 73 +2 Laps 6
10 16   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 72 +3 Laps 7
11 42   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 71 +4 Laps 16
12 60   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 71 +4 Laps 21
13 50   Tony Maggs Lotus-Climax 69 +6 Laps 24
14 44   Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax 69 +6 Laps 25
15 54   Keith Greene Gilby-Climax 69 +6 Laps 23
16 56   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 69 +6 Laps 18
17 52   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 58 +17 Laps 22
Ret 18   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 62 Oil Leak 8
DSQ 26   Jack Fairman
  Stirling Moss
Ferguson-Climax 56 Push Start In Pits 20
Ret 32   Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 45 Gearbox 30
Ret 28   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 44 Brakes 5
Ret 20   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 43 Engine 11
Ret 58   Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 27 Accident 19
Ret 48   Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 25 Ignition 27
Ret 34   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 23 Differential 10
Ret 38   Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 12 Clutch 29
Ret 46   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 7 Handling 15
Ret 40   Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 7 Ignition 26
Ret 30   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 5 Accident 17
Ret 62   Massimo Natili Cooper-Maserati 0 Gearbox 28
WD 24   Olivier Gendebien Emeryson-Maserati Car Not Ready
Source:[1]

NotesEdit

  • Lap Leaders: Phil Hill 6 laps (1–6); Wolfgang von Trips 69 laps (7–75).
  • Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship with 3 races left.
  • World Championship Formula One debut for Gerry Ashmore
  • The #26 car, being driven by Jack Fairman, was disqualified for having been push started in the pits.
  • The circuit diagram names Sefton Straight wrongly. It is actually located between points 2 & 3, not 6 & 7 as shown

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1961 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Britain 1961 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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