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1966 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

1966 Monaco Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 22 May 1966
Official name XXIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 314.500 km (195.400 mi)
Weather Overcast, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.9
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari
Time 1:29.8
First BRM
Second Ferrari
Third BRM

The 1966 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Monaco on 22 May 1966. It was race 1 of 9 in both the 1966 World Championship of Drivers and the 1966 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was the first World Championship event of a new era for Formula One, for which engine regulations were altered from 1.5 litres of maximum engine displacement to 3.0 litres. The race was the 24th Monaco Grand Prix.

The race was won by British driver Jackie Stewart driving a BRM P261. He took a forty-second victory over the Ferrari 246 of Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini. It was Stewart's second Grand Prix victory after winning the Italian Grand Prix the previous year. Stewart's team mate, fellow Briton Graham Hill finished a lap down in third position in his BRM P261. The only other driver to be classified as a finisher was American driver Bob Bondurant driving a BRM P261 entered privately by Team Chamaco Collect.

Race reportEdit

The first World Championship race of the new 3-litre engine formula was held in Monaco. Few teams were ready for the new regulations with several teams starting the race with 1965 engines still in place, or had adapted heavier sports car racing engines to suit.

Some sessions were filmed for the movie Grand Prix. It was the debut race of the McLaren racing team, and the Repco V8 in the back of Brabhams new 1966 BT19 chassis. The McLaren team debuted not in New Zealand's traditional racing colours of green, black and silver, but instead in white and green in order for Grand Prix director John Frankenheimer to be able to use the McLaren as a double for the fictional Yamura cars in the film.[1] John Surtees, though still recovering from a crash at Mosport Park, led for 14 laps from Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and Denny Hulme until his differential broke, handing the lead to Stewart. Hulme retired whilst Graham Hill and Jim Clark disputed third place before Clark's suspension gave out. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Bandini was smashing the lap record before having to ease off to prevent the front brakes wearing out. Stewart won from Bandini with Graham Hill third and Bob Bondurant fourth the only other car past the line in a race of extreme attrition. New rules meant that cars had to complete 90% of the race distance to be classified and eligible for points, meaning that whilst Guy Ligier and Jo Bonnier were still racing, they were considered far enough behind to have actually retired. To this day, this race holds the record for having the fewest classified finishers in a single race in Formula One history.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12   Jackie Stewart BRM 100 2:33:10.5 3 9
2 16   Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 100 + 40.2 5 6
3 11   Graham Hill BRM 99 + 1 Lap 4 4
4 19   Bob Bondurant BRM 95 + 5 Laps 16 3
Ret 9   Richie Ginther Cooper-Maserati 80 Transmission 9
NC 21   Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati 75 + 25 Laps 15
NC 18   Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 73 + 27 Laps 14
Ret 4   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 60 Suspension 1
Ret 10   Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 56 Engine 7
Ret 14   Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 35 Clutch 13
Ret 6   Mike Spence Lotus-BRM 34 Suspension 12
Ret 7   Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 17 Gearbox 11
Ret 17   John Surtees Ferrari 16 Transmission 2
Ret 8   Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax 15 Transmission 6
Ret 2   Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 9 Oil Leak 10
Ret 15   Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 3 Engine 8
DNS 20   Phil Hill Lotus-Climax Camera car
WD 1   Chris Amon McLaren-Ford
WD 3   Peter Arundell Lotus-BRM
WD 5   Richard Attwood BRM

Lap leadersEdit

John Surtees (laps 1–14), Jackie Stewart (15–100)

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ "Action! McLaren at the movies". McLaren. 23 May 2016. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  2. ^ "1966 Monaco Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Monaco 1966 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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