1956 French Grand Prix

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France  1956 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 8 in the 1956 Formula One season
Reims-Gueux layout
Reims-Gueux layout
Date 1 July 1956
Official name XLII Grand Prix de l'ACF
Location Reims Circuit, Reims, France
Course Temporary road course
8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 506.422 km (314.676 mi)
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 2:23.3
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 2:25.8
Podium
First United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari
Second Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari
Third France Jean Behra Maserati

The 1956 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 1 July 1956 at Reims. It was the fifth round of the 1956 World Drivers' Championship.

Bugatti made a one-off appearance in this race with their Type 251 driven by Maurice Trintignant. The car proved to be uncompetitive and eventually retired after 18 laps.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari 61 2:34:23.4 3 8
2 12 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 61 +0.3 2 6
3 4 France Jean Behra Maserati 61 +1:29.9 7 4
4 10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 61 +1:35.1 1 4
5 6 Italy Cesare Perdisa
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Maserati 59 +2 Laps 13 1
1
6 36 France Louis Rosier Maserati 58 +3 Laps 12
7 40 Spain Paco Godia Maserati 57 +4 Laps 17
8 32 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 57 +4 Laps 14
9 30 France Robert Manzon Gordini 56 +5 Laps 15
10 24 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United States Harry Schell
Vanwall 56 +5 Laps 6
11 34 Belgium André Pilette Gordini 55 +6 Laps 19
Ret 42 France André Simon Maserati 41 Engine 20
Ret 8 Italy Piero Taruffi Maserati 40 Engine 16
Ret 44 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 38 Clutch 11
Ret 38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Maserati 23 Brakes 10
Ret 16 Spain Alfonso de Portago Ferrari 20 Gearbox 9
Ret 28 France Maurice Trintignant Bugatti 18 Throttle 18
Ret 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 12 Gearbox 8
Ret 22 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 5 Engine 4
DNS 26 United Kingdom Colin Chapman Vanwall Accident/driver injured 5

Notes[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 1 United Kingdom Peter Collins 19
1uparrow green.svg 1 2 France Jean Behra 14
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 13
1downarrow red.svg 2 4 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 12
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 5 United States Pat Flaherty 8
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


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