1955 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 7 in the 1955 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Date September 11, 1955
Official name XXVI Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent road course
10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 500.023 km (310.700 mi)
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes
Time 2:46.5
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes
Time 2:46.9
Podium
First Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes
Second Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes
Third Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari

The 1955 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, in Monza, Italy on 11 September 1955. It was the seventh and final round of the 1955 World Drivers' Championship.

In the wake of the 1955 Le Mans disaster, the championship was still open after the British Grand Prix; although after that race (with the French Grand Prix already having been cancelled) the German, Swiss and Spanish Grands Prix were all cancelled. This meant that Fangio won the world driver's championship for the 3rd time and the 2nd time in succession.

A new concrete banking had been constructed over where the original slightly banked version was, and the combined 10 km (6.214 mi) Monza circuit was used for the first time since 1933. The Curva Sud had also been modified from 2 right hand corners into one sweeping right-hander known as the "Parabolica".

Of the 4 factory Mercedes cars in the race, Fangio and Moss drove the streamlined, closed-wheel W196's, while Kling and Taruffi drove open-wheel W196's. This was the 4th and last appearance of the streamlined Mercedes cars at a championship GP.

This was the last Grand Prix race for 1950 world champion Nino Farina.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 50 2:25:04.4 1 8
2 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes 50 +0.7 9 6
3 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 50 +46.2 4 4
4 36 France Jean Behra Maserati 50 +3:57.5 6 3
5 34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 49 +1 Lap 16 2
6 12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 49 +1 Lap 12
7 28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 48 +2 Laps 7
8 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 47 +3 Laps 15
9 40 United States John Fitch Maserati 46 +4 Laps 20
10 6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 38 Gearbox 14
Ret 20 Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 32 Gearbox 3
Ret 30 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 31 Gearbox 10
Ret 38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 31 Suspension 21
Ret 16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes 27 Engine 2 1
Ret 26 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 26 Engine 19
Ret 22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 23 Fuel System 18
Ret 32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Maserati 22 Suspension 11
Ret 42 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 7 Suspension 13
Ret 24 France Jean Lucas Gordini 7 Engine 22
Ret 44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Vanwall 0 Injection 17
DNS 2 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Tire 5
DNS 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Tire 8
DNS 46 Italy Luigi Piotti Arzani-Volpini-Maserati Engine

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 40 (41)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 23
1uparrow green.svg 3 3 Italy Eugenio Castellotti 12
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 France Maurice Trintignant 11 13
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 Italy Nino Farina 10 13
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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