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The 1961 German Grand Prix was the 23rd time the German Grand Prix (or Grosser Preis von Deutschland) motor race was held. The race also held the honorary designation of the 21st European Grand Prix. It was run to Formula One regulations as race 6 of 8 in both the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers It was held on 6 August 1961 over 15 laps of the giant 14.2 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit for a race distance of almost 213 miles. The race also celebrated the 100th race since the establishment of the World Championship in 1950.

1961 German Grand Prix
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Race details
Date 6 August 1961
Official name XXIII Grosser Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, West Germany
Course Public road/Permanent racing facility
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.150 km (212.602 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 8.55.2
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 8.57.8 on lap 10
Podium
First Lotus-Climax
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari
Stirling Moss in his winning Lotus-Climax

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss, driving a Lotus 18/21 for privateer outfit the Rob Walker Racing Team; it proved to be his 16th and last Grand Prix victory. Moss started from the second row of the grid and lead every lap of the race. It was the first German Grand Prix victory for a rear-engined car since Bernd Rosemeyer's Auto Union Type C took victory in 1936. Moss finished just over 20 seconds ahead of Ferrari 156 drivers Wolfgang von Trips and Phil Hill, breaking a four-race consecutive run of Ferrari victories. The result pushed Moss into third place in the championship points race, becoming the only driver outside Ferrari's trio of von Trips, Hill and Richie Ginther still in contention to become the 1961 World Champion with two races left.

Jack Brabham's Cooper took full advantage of the new Coventry-Climax V-8 in qualifying. Brabham qualified second, and shot to the lead by the first corner. However, Brabham crashed before the end of the first lap due to a sticking throttle. It was the last home country appearance for points leader von Trips before his death at the Italian Grand Prix five weeks later. His second-place finish saw Ferrari secure the constructors' championship. The remaining championship points scorers were all from British racing teams. Scottish driver Jim Clark (Lotus 21) was fourth for Team Lotus; former motorcycle World Champion John Surtees (Cooper T53) was fifth for Yeoman Credit Racing and young New Zealander Bruce McLaren was sixth in his factory-run Cooper T58.

Of the race's 26 starters, 17 finished the race with 16 of them classified finishers. Bernard Collomb (Cooper T53) did not complete the 75% race distance in order to be classified as a finisher.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 15 2:18:12.4 3 9
2 3   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 15 +21.4 secs 5 6
3 4   Phil Hill Ferrari 15 +22.5 secs 1 4
4 14   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 15 +1:17.1 8 3
5 18   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 15 +1:53.1 10 2
6 2   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 15 +2:41.4 12 1
7 9   Dan Gurney Porsche 15 +3:23.1 7
8 5   Richie Ginther Ferrari 15 +5:23.1 14
9 28   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 15 +5:23.7 18
10 19   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 15 +12:11.5 15
11 33   Tony Maggs Lotus-Climax 14 +1 Lap 22
12 30   Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax 14 +1 Lap 24
13 11   Hans Herrmann Porsche 14 +1 Lap 11
14 31   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 14 +1 Lap 17
15 37   Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 20
16 27   Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 25
Ret 6   Willy Mairesse Ferrari 13 Accident 13
Ret 20   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 12 Engine 21
NC 38   Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax 11 Not classified 26
Ret 32   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 10 Engine 19
Ret 16   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 6 Engine 9
Ret 8   Jo Bonnier Porsche 5 Engine 4
Ret 26   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 3 Handling 23
Ret 17   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 1 Accident 16
Ret 15   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 1 Fire 6
Ret 1   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 0 Accident 2
WD 10   Edgar Barth Porsche Car unraceworthy
WD 12   Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax Car raced by Burgess
WD 25   Michael May Lotus-Climax Practice accident
WD 29   Piero Monteverdi MBM-Porsche
WD 34   Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Climax
DNA 35   Geoff Duke Cooper-Climax Car not ready
DNA 39   John Campbell-Jones Cooper-Climax
Source:[1]

Lap leadersEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1961 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1961 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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