1964 Syracuse Grand Prix

The 13th Syracuse Grand Prix was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 12 April 1964 at Syracuse Circuit, Sicily. The race was run over 40 laps of the circuit, reduced from the original race distance of 56 laps due to bad weather, after lobbying from Jo Bonnier on behalf of the GPDA. The race was won easily by British driver John Surtees in a Ferrari 158.

1964 Syracuse Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1964 Formula One season
Race details
Date 12 April 1964
Official name XIII Gran Premio di Siracusa
Location Syracuse Circuit, Syracuse, Sicily
Course Temporary road circuit
Course length 5.612 km (3.487 miles)
Distance 56 (reduced to 40) laps, 224.47 km (139.48 miles)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:50.5
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari
Time 1:53.9
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Lotus-Climax

Jo Siffert was injured in a crash during the practice sessions, in which he rolled his Lotus 24.

During the race, Peter Arundell's Lotus developed gearbox trouble, and he swapped cars with Mike Spence. Arundell took the healthy Lotus to third place after a close fight with Lorenzo Bandini, while Spence retired the other one soon after the swap.

Results edit

Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1   John Surtees SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari 1.19:51.8 2
2   Lorenzo Bandini SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari + 37.3 1
3   Mike Spence / Peter Arundell Team Lotus Lotus-Climax + 37.4 13
4   Jo Bonnier Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax + 1:09.2 6
5   Chris Amon Reg Parnell Racing Lotus-BRM + 1:19.4 4
6   Masten Gregory Scuderia Centro Sud BRM 39 laps 12
7   Mike Hailwood Reg Parnell Racing Lotus-BRM 39 laps 3
8   Ian Raby Ian Raby (Racing) Brabham-BRM 36 laps 7
9   Jackie Epstein Epstein-Eyre Racing Team BRM 33 laps 14
Ret   Jean-Claude Rudaz Fabre Urbain Cooper-Climax Suspension 10
Ret   Giancarlo Baghetti Scuderia Centro Sud BRM Electrics 15
Ret   Peter Arundell / Mike Spence Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Gearbox 11
Ret   André Pilette Equipe Scirocco Belge Scirocco-Climax Gear linkage 8
Ret   Peter Revson Revson Racing (America) Lotus-BRM Accident 9
DNS   Jo Siffert Siffert Racing Team Lotus-BRM Practice accident (5)
DNQ   André Wicky André Wicky Lotus-BRM -
WD   Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche -
WD   Bob Anderson DW Racing Enterprises Brabham-Climax Car not delivered -
  • The first session practice times for Arundell and Spence were disallowed as punishment for missing scrutineering. The first session was dry, and the second was wet, so their times in the wet resulted in their low grid positions.

References edit

  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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