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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.

1962 Belgian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 17 June 1962
Official name XXII Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 14.100 km (8.761 mi)
Distance 32 laps, 451.200 km (280.363 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver BRM
Time 3:57.0
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 3:55.6 on lap 15
Podium
First Lotus-Climax
Second BRM
Third Ferrari

Contents

ClassificationEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 32 2:07:32.3 12 9
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 17   Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 25 Accident 3  
Ret 10   Willy Mairesse Ferrari 25 Accident 6  
Ret 2   Richie Ginther BRM 22 Gearbox 9  
Ret 26   Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 22 Gearbox 10  
Ret 25   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 19 Wheel bearing 2  
Ret 21   Masten Gregory Lotus-BRM 13 Withdrew 8  
Ret 20   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 8 Suspension 5  
Ret 11   Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 3 Ignition 14  
DNS 23   Dan Gurney Lotus-BRM Seidel's car — unraceworthy
WD 3   Tony Marsh BRM Car not ready
WD 4   Jackie Lewis BRM
WD 4   Gerry Ashmore BRM
WD 6   Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax
WD 8   Heinz Schiller Porsche
WD 24   Jo Bonnier Porsche
Source:[1]
  • 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.

NotesEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1962 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 


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