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1961 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' Champion: Phil Hill
International Cup Champion: Ferrari
Previous: 1960 Next: 1962

The 1961 Formula One season was the 15th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1961 World Championship of Drivers[1] and the 1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers,[2] which were contested concurrently from 14 May to 8 October over an eight race series. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Phil Hill of Ferrari won his only Drivers' Championship after his teammate and rival Wolfgang von Trips was killed at the Italian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari won its first F1 manufacturers' title.[3]

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Season summaryEdit

The first year of the 1.5-litre formula was dominated by a well-prepared Ferrari team. Only Stirling Moss, in an outdated Lotus, was able to beat the Ferraris on two tracks where his skills offset the Ferrari power advantage. Giancarlo Baghetti in a privately entered Ferrari won the French Grand Prix on his championship debut, the only driver to have done so other than Nino Farina, winner of the first F1 World Championship race. Baghetti had also won his only two previous Formula One races, the non-championship events at Syracuse and Naples, but the French race was his only win in the World Championship. The contest for the championship between Ferrari's leading drivers, Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, ended in tragedy when von Trips collided with Jim Clark at Monza, killing the Ferrari driver and 14 spectators. Hill went on to win the championship, the first American to do so. With the change of formula and the introduction of the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 was dropped from the championship.

The number of points awarded to a race winner was increased to nine for the World Championship of Drivers.

Besides von Trips, two other drivers died during this season: Briton Shane Summers during the non-championship Silver City Trophy event at Brands Hatch, and Italian Giulio Cabianca during a test at the Modena Autodrome.

Season reviewEdit

The following eight races counted towards the World Championship of Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1   Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 14 May   Stirling Moss   Richie Ginther
  Stirling Moss
  Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax D Report
2   Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 22 May   Phil Hill   Jim Clark   Wolfgang von Trips   Ferrari D Report
3   Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 18 June   Phil Hill   Richie Ginther   Phil Hill   Ferrari D Report
4   French Grand Prix Reims 2 July   Phil Hill   Phil Hill   Giancarlo Baghetti   Ferrari D Report
5   British Grand Prix Aintree 15 July   Phil Hill   Tony Brooks   Wolfgang von Trips   Ferrari D Report
6   German Grand Prix Nürburgring 6 August   Phil Hill   Phil Hill   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax D Report
7   Italian Grand Prix Monza 10 September   Wolfgang von Trips   Giancarlo Baghetti   Phil Hill   Ferrari D Report
8   United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 8 October   Jack Brabham   Jack Brabham   Innes Ireland   Lotus-Climax D Report

The Moroccan Grand Prix, originally supposed to be run on 29 October as the last race of the year, was cancelled for the third year in a row for monetary reasons.[4]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1961 Formula One season (Earth)
1961 Formula One season (Europe)

Teams and driversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1961 FIA World Championship.

 
American Phil Hill (pictured in 1991) won the Drivers' Championship, driving for Ferrari
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
  Porsche System Engineering Porsche 787
718/2
Porsche 547/6 1.5 F4 D   Jo Bonnier All
  Dan Gurney All
  Hans Herrmann 1, 6
  Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Michael May 1, 4, 6
  Wolfgang Seidel 3, 5–7
  Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati 61 Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 D   Olivier Gendebien 1
  Lucien Bianchi 1
Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 3
  Willy Mairesse 3
Emeryson-Climax 61   André Pilette 7
  Camoradi International Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Masten Gregory 1–5
  Ian Burgess 6
Lotus-Climax 18 2–5
  Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax P48/57 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Tony Brooks All
  Graham Hill All
  R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 18
18/21
21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Stirling Moss All
Ferguson-Climax P99 5
  Jack Fairman 5
  Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   John Surtees All
  Roy Salvadori 4–8
  Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T55
T58
Climax FPF 1.5 L4
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
D   Jack Brabham All
  Bruce McLaren All
  Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 21
18
18/21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Jim Clark All
  Innes Ireland 1, 3–8
  Trevor Taylor 2
  Willy Mairesse 4
  UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 18
18/21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Cliff Allison 1, 3
  Henry Taylor 1, 3–5, 7
  Lucien Bianchi 4–5
  Juan Manuel Bordeu 4
  Masten Gregory 7–8
  Olivier Gendebien 8
  Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6
Ferrari 188 1.5 V6
D   Richie Ginther 1–7
  Phil Hill 1–7
  Wolfgang von Trips 1–7
  Olivier Gendebien 3
  Willy Mairesse 6
  Ricardo Rodríguez 7
  Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Maserati T51 Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 D   Maurice Trintignant 1, 3–4, 6–7
De Tomaso-OSCA F1 OSCA 372 1.5 L4   Giorgio Scarlatti 4
De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4   Nino Vaccarella 7
  Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D   Carel Godin de Beaufort 2–7
  Hans Herrmann 2
  H&L Motors Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Jackie Lewis 3–7
  Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Tony Marsh 3, 5–6
  Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati T53
T51
Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 D   Lorenzo Bandini 3, 5–7
  Massimo Natili 5, 7
  Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Bernard Collomb 4, 6
  Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Tim Parnell 5, 7
  Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Gerry Ashmore 5–7
  Louise Bryden-Brown[5] Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Tony Maggs 5–6
  Gilby Engineering Gilby-Climax 61 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Keith Greene 5
  Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus
  FISA
Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D   Giancarlo Baghetti 4–5, 7
  J.B. Naylor JBW-Climax 59 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Brian Naylor 7
  Fred Tuck Cars Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Jack Fairman 7
  Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-OSCA F1 OSCA 372 1.5 L4 D   Roberto Lippi 7
  Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo F1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D   Roberto Bussinello 7
  Pescara Racing Team Cooper-Maserati T45 Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 D   Renato Pirocchi 7
  Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 18 Maserati Tipo 6 1.5 L4 D   Gaetano Starrabba 7
  Hap Sharp Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Hap Sharp 8
  John M. Wyatt III Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Roger Penske 8
  J. Wheeler Autosport Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Peter Ryan 8
  Jim Hall Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Jim Hall 8
  J. Frank Harrison Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Lloyd Ruby 8
  Momo Corporation Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D   Walt Hansgen 8

1961 World Championship of Drivers – final standingsEdit

Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers at each race.[6][7] However, only the best five results from the eight races were retained.

Pos. Driver MON
 
NED
 
BEL
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
ITA
 
USA
 
Pts[7]
1   Phil Hill* 3 2 1 9 2 (3) 1 34 (38)
2   Wolfgang von Trips 4 1 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 33
3   Stirling Moss 1 4 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 21
4   Dan Gurney 5 10 6 2 7 7 2 2 21
5   Richie Ginther 2 5 3 15 3 8 Ret 16
6   Innes Ireland DNS Ret 4 10 Ret Ret 1 12
7   Jim Clark 10 3 12 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 11
8   Bruce McLaren 6 12 Ret 5 8 6 3 4 11
9   Giancarlo Baghetti 1 Ret Ret 9
10   Tony Brooks 13 9 13 Ret 9 Ret 5 3 6
11   Jack Brabham Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 4
12   John Surtees 11 7 5 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 4
13   Olivier Gendebien DNQ 4 11 3
14   Jackie Lewis 9 Ret Ret 9 4 3
15   Joakim Bonnier 12 11 7 7 5 Ret Ret 6 3
16   Graham Hill Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 3
17   Roy Salvadori 8 6 10 6 Ret 2
  Maurice Trintignant 7 Ret 13 Ret 9 0
  Carel Godin de Beaufort 14 11 Ret 16 14 7 0
  Lorenzo Bandini Ret 12 Ret 8 0
  Cliff Allison 8 DNS 0
  Roger Penske 8 0
  Hans Herrmann 9 15 13 0
  Peter Ryan 9 0
  Masten Gregory DNQ DNS 10 12 11 Ret Ret 0
  Henry Taylor DNQ DNS 10 Ret 11 0
  Tim Parnell Ret 10 0
  Hap Sharp 10 0
  Tony Maggs 13 11 0
  Michael May Ret 11 DNS 0
  Ian Burgess DNS DNS 14 14 12 0
  Renato Pirocchi 12 0
  Trevor Taylor 13 0
  Tony Marsh DNS Ret 15 0
  Keith Greene 15 0
  Gerry Ashmore Ret 16 Ret 0
  Wolfgang Seidel DNS 17 Ret Ret 0
  Bernard Collomb Ret NC 0
  Lucien Bianchi DNQ Ret Ret Ret 0
  Willy Mairesse Ret Ret Ret 0
  Jack Fairman DSQ Ret 0
  Giorgio Scarlatti Ret 0
  Massimo Natili Ret 0
  Ricardo Rodríguez Ret 0
  Gaetano Starrabba Ret 0
  Nino Vaccarella Ret 0
  Roberto Bussinello Ret 0
  Brian Naylor Ret 0
  Roberto Lippi Ret 0
  Jim Hall Ret 0
  Lloyd Ruby Ret 0
  Walt Hansgen Ret 0
  André Pilette DNQ 0
Pos. Driver MON
 
NED
 
BEL
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
ITA
 
USA
 
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
  • * Hill's 3rd-place finish (4 points) at Nürburgring was excluded from the final standings because only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship this year. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points actually scored.
  • Italics indicate fastest lap
  • Bold indicates pole position

1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standingsEdit

Points were awarded on an 8–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers at each race.[6][7] However, a manufacturer only received points for its highest placed car and only the best five results from the eight races were retained.

Pos. Manufacturer MON
 
NED
 
BEL
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
ITA
 
USA
 
Pts[6][7]
1   Ferrari (2) 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 WD 40 (52)
2   Lotus-Climax 1 3 8 3 10 1 10 1 32
3   Porsche 5 10 (6) 2 5 7 2 2 22 (23)
4   Cooper-Climax (6) (6) 5 5 4 (5) 3 4 14 (18)
5   BRM-Climax 13 8 13 6 9 Ret 5 3 7
  Cooper-Maserati 7 Ret 13 12 Ret 8 0
  Gilby-Climax 15 0
  Ferguson-Climax DSQ 0
  De Tomaso-OSCA Ret Ret 0
  Lotus-Maserati Ret 0
  De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo WD Ret 0
  JBW-Climax WD Ret 0
  Emeryson-Maserati DNQ WD DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer MON
 
NED
 
BEL
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
ITA
 
USA
 
Pts
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • Bold results counted to Championship totals.

Non-championship races reviewEdit

Other Formula One races also held in 1961, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
  II Lombank Trophy Snetterton 26 March   Jack Brabham   Cooper-Climax Report
  IX Glover Trophy Goodwood 3 April   John Surtees   Cooper-Climax Report
  XXI Pau Grand Prix Pau 3 April   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax Report
  XIII Lavant Cup Goodwood 3 April   Stirling Moss   Cooper-Climax Report
  III Brussels Grand Prix Heysel 9 April   Jack Brabham   Cooper-Climax Report
  II Vienna Grand Prix Aspern Aerodrome 16 April   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax Report
  VI Aintree 200 Aintree 22 April   Jack Brabham   Cooper-Climax Report
  XI Syracuse Grand Prix Syracuse 25 April   Giancarlo Baghetti   Ferrari Report
  XIII BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 6 May   Stirling Moss   Cooper-Climax Report
  XIX Naples Grand Prix Posillipo 14 May   Giancarlo Baghetti   Ferrari Report
  IX London Trophy Crystal Palace 23 May   Roy Salvadori   Cooper-Climax Report
  VI Silver City Trophy Brands Hatch 3 June   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax Report
  Solitude Grand Prix Solitudering 23 July   Innes Ireland   Lotus-Climax Report
  VII Kanonloppet Karlskoga 20 August   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax Report
  II Danish Grand Prix Roskilde Ring 26–27 August   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax Report
  XV Modena Grand Prix Modena 3 September   Stirling Moss   Lotus-Climax Report
  III Flugplatzrennen Zeltweg Airfield 17 September   Innes Ireland   Lotus-Climax Report
  VIII Gold Cup Oulton Park 23 September   Stirling Moss   Ferguson-Climax Report
  V Lewis-Evans Trophy Brands Hatch 1 October   Tony Marsh   BRM-Climax Report
  I Coppa Italia Vallelunga 12 October   Giancarlo Baghetti   Porsche Report
  V Rand Grand Prix Kyalami 9 December   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax Report
  I Natal Grand Prix Westmead 17 December   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax Report
  VIII South African Grand Prix East London 26 December   Jim Clark   Lotus-Climax Report

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, grey section, page 118
  2. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, grey section, page 120
  3. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, grey section, pages 120–121
  4. ^ "Grand Prix Cancelled". Autosport. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  5. ^ radnor redivivus (2006-01-11). "RADNORIAN: Mrs Louise Bryden-Brown". Tredelyn.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  6. ^ a b c Automobile Year 1961–1962, page 116
  7. ^ a b c d Whitelock, Mark. One and a Half Litre Grand Prix Racing, 1961–65: Low Power, High Tech. pp. 15, 34. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 

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