1963 Italian Grand Prix
The 1963 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on September 8, 1963. It was the seventh of ten races in both the 1963 World Championship of Drivers and the 1963 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. At this race, Scottish driver Jim Clark clinched the World Championship crown with three races to go, the first time anyone had done so.
|1963 Italian Grand Prix|
|Date||September 8, 1963|
|Official name||XXXIV Gran Premio d'Italia|
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.750 km (3.573 mi)|
|Distance||86 laps, 494.500 km (307.268 mi)|
|Weather||Warm, dry and sunny|
|Time||1:38.9 on lap 60|
The organisers had planned to run on the full 10 km circuit but the very bumpy (and in some places ruined) nature of the banked concrete curves provoked much criticism and also caused accidents. Therefore, at the drivers' request, for the next day it was decided to revert to the 5.75 km road layout.
This race was Scuderia Ferrari's 100th start in a World Championship event as a team. Jim Clark became the first driver to win the Drivers' World Championship with 3 races left to go. Lotus-Climax also won the Constructors' Championship.
- ^1 – Only 20 cars were permitted to take the start. Chris Amon's practice accident left him hospitalised, leaving him unable to take the start. This would have promoted Mário de Araújo Cabral, who was 21st in qualifying, onto the starting grid. However, on race day, Giancarlo Baghetti, who was 25th quickest in qualifying, lined up on the starting grid. A race report from the time speculated that this was as a result of the race organisers arranging for Baghetti to start so there could be an Italian driver in the race.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
- Privateer Ferrari's entry in 1950 French Grand Prix, which is often a source of incorrect count for their races as a team (as opposed to as a manufacturer) doesn't count towards the team's participation.
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- "Italy 1963 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.