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The 1961 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 September 1961 at Monza. It was race 7 of 8 in both the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

1961 Italian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 10 September 1961
Official name XXXIIo Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 10.000 km (6.213 mi)
Distance 43 laps, 430.000 km (267.189 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2.46.3
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari
Time 2.48.4 on lap 2
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Porsche
Third Cooper-Climax

The race was marked by one of the most terrible accidents in the history of Formula One, when on the end of lap 2 at the approach to the Parabolica German driver Wolfgang von Trips lost control of his Ferrari and crashed into a stand full of spectators, killing 15 and himself.[1][2] The race was not stopped, allegedly to avoid the audience going home en masse jamming the roads around the stadium and thus impeding the rescue work for the injured. This was also the last Formula One race ever to be held on the full 10 km (6.213 mi) Monza circuit, with the 2 bankings and the straight between the bankings included.

The race was won by von Trips's American teammate Phil Hill, who – since von Trips was the only one who could challenge him – thus won the World Championship with one race to go. Hill's Monza win also assured Ferrari of the Constructors' Championship for 1961.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Before the running of the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, four drivers were mathematically in contention for the year's Drivers' Championship: Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, and Richie Ginther. Realistically, however, the championship had come down to two Ferrari drivers, von Trips and Hill.

In the Constructors' Championship, two teams were mathematically in contention: Ferrari, and Lotus-Climax. In order for Lotus to overtake Ferrari at this point, one of their drivers had to win both this race and the final race of the season, the 1961 United States Grand Prix.

QualifyingEdit

37 cars attempted to qualify for the Italian Grand Prix, and 32 had sufficiently fast times to make it to the race grid. Similar to the 107% rule of today, a rule was in place for the 1961 season enforcing a 115% cutoff against the time of the second fastest driver.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap
1 4   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 2:46.3
2 8   Ricardo Rodríguez Ferrari 2:46.4 +0.1
3 6   Richie Ginther Ferrari 2:46.8 +0.5
4 2   Phil Hill Ferrari 2:47.2 +0.9
5 24   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 2:48.7 +2.4
6 32   Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 2:49.0 +2.7
7 36   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 2:49.2 +2.9
8 44   Jo Bonnier Porsche 2:49.6 +3.3
9 38   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 2:50.3 +4.0
10 10   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 2:51.6 +5.3
11 28   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 2:51.8 +5.5
12 46   Dan Gurney Porsche 2:52.0 +5.7
13 26   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 2:52.2 +5.9
14 12   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 2:53.4 +7.1
15 74   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 2:53.8 +7.5
16 60   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 2:54.0 +7.7
17 22   Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 2:55.2 +8.9
18 40   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 2:55.2 +8.9
19 42   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 2:55.6 +9.3
20 50   Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 2:56.0 +9.7
21 62   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 2:57.7 +11.4
22 48   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 2:58.7 +12.4
23 20   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 3:00.6 +14.3
24 54   Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 3:01.7 +15.4
25 18   Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 3:03.0 +16.7
26 30   Jack Fairman Cooper-Climax 3:04.8 +18.5
27 16   Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 3:05.7 +19.4
28 56   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 3:06.0 +19.7
29 58   Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 3:06.5 +20.2
30 72   Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 3:07.9 +21.6
31 14   Brian Naylor JBW-Climax 3:08.1 +21.8
32 52   Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-Osca 3.08.9 +22.6
DNQ 68   André Pilette Emeryson-Maserati 3.11.6 +25.3
Source:[1]

115% cutoff time against Ricardo Rodríguez (2:46.4): 3:11.36

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Phil Hill Ferrari 43 2:03:13.0 4 9
2 46   Dan Gurney Porsche 43 +31.2 secs 12 6
3 12   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 43 +2:28.4 14 4
4 60   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 43 +2:40.4 16 3
5 26   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 43 +2:40.5 13 2
6 40   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 42 +1 Lap 18 1
7 74   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 41 +2 Laps 15
8 62   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 41 +2 Laps 21
9 48   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 41 +2 Laps 22
10 16   Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 40 +3 Laps 27
11 20   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 39 +4 Laps 23
12 58   Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 38 +5 Laps 29
Ret 28   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 36 Wheel bearing 11
Ret 6   Richie Ginther Ferrari 23 Engine 3
Ret 72   Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 19 Engine 30
Ret 44   Jo Bonnier Porsche 14 Suspension 8
Ret 8   Ricardo Rodríguez Ferrari 13 Fuel system 2
Ret 32   Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 13 Engine 6
Ret 50   Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 13 Engine 20
Ret 22   Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 11 Suspension 17
Ret 24   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 10 Engine 5
Ret 10   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 8 Overheating 10
Ret 14   Brian Naylor JBW-Climax 6 Engine 31
Ret 38   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 5 Chassis 9
Ret 30   Jack Fairman Cooper-Climax 5 Engine 26
Ret 42   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 2 Accident 19
Ret 4   Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 1 Fatal collision 1
Ret 36   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 1 Collision 7
Ret 54   Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1 Engine 24
Ret 56   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 1 Engine 28
Ret 52   Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-Osca 1 Engine 32
Ret 18   Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 0 Accident 25
DNQ 68   André Pilette Emeryson-Maserati
DNS 46   Edgar Barth Porsche Practice only
DNS 58   Massimo Natili Cooper-Maserati Pirocchi drove car
WD 34   Alfonso Thiele Cooper-Climax
WD 64   Ernesto Prinoth Lotus-Climax
WD 66   Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax
WD 70   Michael May Lotus-Climax No car
Source:[3]

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. ^ a b Collantine, Keith (2011-09-10). "50 years ago today: F1's worst tragedy at Monza". www.f1fanatic.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  2. ^ "Motorsport Memorial".
  3. ^ "1961 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Italy 1961 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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