1956 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 8 in the 1956 Formula One season
Spa-Francorchamps layout
Spa-Francorchamps layout
Date June 3, 1956
Official name XVIII GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Course Permanent racing facility
14.120 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.320 km (315.855 mi)
Weather Wet and overcast, later drying
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 4:09.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati
Time 4:14.7
Podium
First United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari
Second Belgium Paul Frère Ferrari
Third Italy Cesare Perdisa
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Maserati

The 1956 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 3 June 1956 at Spa-Francorchamps. It was the fourth round of the 1956 World Drivers' Championship.

After the first day of practice on Thursday, Fangio was on pole with a time almost 5 sec faster than second place Moss. These times wouldn’t be touched with wet conditions on Friday and windy conditions on Saturday.

It was raining when the race began and Fangio made a poor start and settled in fifth with Moss well in the lead. But by lap 3 Fangio would be in second having passed Behra, Collins, and then Castellotti. By the fifth lap he was in the lead and had opened up an 8 second lead on Moss by lap 10 with Collins third on a drying track. Collins took second when Moss lost a back wheel on the climb after the Eau Rouge bridge. He was able to safely stop and sprint back to the pits and take over Perdisa’s car. He resumed in sixth but a lap down to the leaders. Collins took the lead for good when Fangio lost his transmission on lap 24. A tight battle for second between Behra and Frere ended when Behra’s engine began to misfire. This allowed Moss to move to third as he had passed Schell earlier. Moss ended the race on a furious pace but the two leaders were too far ahead to make up the gap.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari 36 2:40:00.3 3 8
2 6 Belgium Paul Frère Ferrari 36 +1:51.3 8 6
3 34 Italy Cesare Perdisa
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Maserati 36 +3:16.6 9 2
3
4 10 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 35 +1 Lap 6 3
5 22 Italy Luigi Villoresi Maserati 34 +2 Laps 11 2
6 20 Belgium André Pilette Ferrari 33 +3 Laps 16
7 32 France Jean Behra Maserati 33 +3 Laps 4
8 24 France Louis Rosier Maserati 33 +3 Laps 10
Ret 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 23 Transmission 1
Ret 12 France Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 11 Fuel system 7
Ret 30 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 10 Wheel 2
Ret 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 10 Transmission 5
Ret 28 Italy Piero Scotti Connaught-Alta 10 Engine 12
Ret 26 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 2 Gearbox 15
Ret 36 Spain Paco Godia Maserati 0 Accident 13

Notes[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1uparrow green.svg 8 1 United Kingdom Peter Collins 11
1uparrow green.svg 1 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 11
1downarrow red.svg 2 3 France Jean Behra 10
1downarrow red.svg 2 4 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 United States Pat Flaherty 8
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


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