1956 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  1956 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 8 in the 1956 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Date 2 September 1956
Official name XXVII 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)
Weather Warm, rain
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 2:42:6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati
Time 2:45.5
First United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati
Second United Kingdom Peter Collins
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Third United Kingdom Ron Flockhart Connaught-Alta

The 1956 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 2 September 1956 at Monza. It was the eighth and final round of the 1956 World Drivers' Championship.

Coming into the race, Juan Manuel Fangio had an eight-point lead over Ferrari team-mate Peter Collins and Jean Behra, driving for Maserati.

Fangio retired with a broken steering arm, while Behra also had to pull out. Luigi Musso, also driving for Ferrari, was told to hand his car over to Fangio to ensure the Argentine's third consecutive title but he refused. Brit Collins, with the opportunity for his first world championship, sportingly handed his car over to Fangio during a routine pit-stop. Fangio finished second, behind Stirling Moss, giving himself and Collins a share of the points for second place and ensuring his fourth title.

The race saw the World Championship debuts of Jo Bonnier, Les Leston and Wolfgang von Trips and the final World Championship appearances for Hermano da Silva Ramos, Toulo de Graffenried, Robert Manzon, Piero Taruffi and Luigi Villoresi. Ron Flockhart scored his first World Championship points (and podium finish) and it was the first World Championship race led by Luigi Musso.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 50 2:23:41.3 6 9
2 26 United Kingdom Peter Collins
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari 50 +5.7 secs 7 3
3 4 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart Connaught-Alta 49 +1 Lap 26 4
4 38 Spain Paco Godia Maserati 49 +1 Lap 18 3
5 6 United Kingdom Jack Fairman Connaught-Alta 47 +3 Laps 16 2
6 40 Italy Luigi Piotti Maserati 47 +3 Laps 15
7 14 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 46 +4 Laps 19
8 22 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
Ferrari 46 +4 Laps 1
9 12 France André Simon Gordini 45 +5 Laps 25
10 42 Italy Gerino Gerini Maserati 42 +8 Laps 17
11 44 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Maserati 41 +9 Laps 14
Ret 28 Italy Luigi Musso Ferrari 47 Steering 3
Ret 46 Italy Umberto Maglioli
France Jean Behra
Maserati 42 Steering 13
Ret 18 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 32 Transmission 10
Ret 32 France Jean Behra Maserati 23 Magneto 5
Ret 48 United Kingdom Bruce Halford Maserati 16 Engine 22
Ret 20 France Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 13 Transmission 11
Ret 16 Italy Piero Taruffi Vanwall 12 Oil Leak 4
Ret 24 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 9 Tyre 2
Ret 34 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Maserati 7 Engine 8
Ret 10 France Robert Manzon Gordini 7 Chassis 23
Ret 30 Spain Alfonso de Portago Ferrari 6 Tyre 9
Ret 2 United Kingdom Les Leston Connaught-Alta 6 Suspension 20
Ret 8 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 3 Engine 21
DNS 50 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Practice Accident


Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 30 (33)
1uparrow green.svg 2 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 27 (28)
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 United Kingdom Peter Collins 25
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 France Jean Behra 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 United States Pat Flaherty 8
  • 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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