1962 Belgian Grand Prix
The 1962 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 17 June 1962. It was race 3 of 9 in both the 1962 World Championship of Drivers and the 1962 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. This race was notable for being the first grand prix win for Jim Clark, and the first of four consecutive victories at Spa for the Scotsman (despite thoroughly disliking the circuit) and Team Lotus. It was also the first win for the famous Lotus 25, and the beginning of the famous 6-year-long rivalry between Clark and Graham Hill. This race was held the same day as the 1962 FIFA World Cup Final in Santiago, Chile, but that event took place later in the day from this Grand Prix.
|1962 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Date||17 June 1962|
|Official name||XXII Grote Prijs van Belgie|
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||14.100 km (8.761 mi)|
|Distance||32 laps, 451.200 km (280.363 mi)|
|Time||3:55.6 on lap 15|
|2||1||Graham Hill||BRM||32||+ 44.1||1||6|
|3||9||Phil Hill||Ferrari||32||+ 2:06.5||4||4|
|4||12||Ricardo Rodriguez||Ferrari||32||+ 2:06.6||7||3|
|5||5||John Surtees||Lola-Climax||31||+ 1 Lap||11||2|
|6||15||Jack Brabham||Lotus-Climax||30||+ 2 Laps||15||1|
|7||7||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||30||+ 2 Laps||13|
|8||18||Maurice Trintignant||Lotus-Climax||30||+ 2 Laps||16|
|9||19||Lucien Bianchi||Lotus-Climax||29||+ 3 Laps||18|
|10||22||Jo Siffert||Lotus-Climax||29||+ 3 Laps||17|
|11||4||John Campbell-Jones||Lotus-Climax||16||+ 16 Laps||19|
|Ret||25||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||19||Wheel bearing||2|
|DNS||23||Dan Gurney||Lotus-BRM||Seidel's car — unraceworthy|
|WD||3||Tony Marsh||BRM||Car not ready|
- Dan Gurney practiced in a Lotus-BRM owned by Wolfgang Seidel, but after a few laps he deemed the car unraceworthy. Gurney was also entered by the works Porsche team, along with Jo Bonnier, but the team withdrew after the factory was hit by strike action.
- The #4 entry was originally allocated to Lewis, then to Ashmore on Lewis' withdrawal. After Ashmore also withdrew, the slot was filled by John Campbell-Jones.
- Lucien Bianchi was originally entered as #14, in a Porsche prepared by Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia, but withdrew. He later took #19 and drove Equipe National Belge's Lotus.
- Ricardo Rodriguez became the youngest driver to score championship points (20 years, 123 days), a record which stood for 38 years before Jenson Button, aged 20 years, 67 days, broke it at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix.
- Last podium for Phil Hill.
- Trevor Taylor and Willy Mairesse were fighting for 2nd place until the 2 cars touched, crashed into a ditch and Mairesse's car landed upside down and caught fire. Both drivers were thrown out of their cars, but were unhurt.
- First Belgian Grand Prix to allocate odd numbers to vehicles.
- First win for a car with a monocoque.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1962 Monaco Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1962 French Grand Prix
1961 Belgian Grand Prix
|Belgian Grand Prix||Next race:|
1963 Belgian Grand Prix