1960 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 10 in the 1960 Formula One season
Spa 1950.jpg
Date 19 June 1960
Official name XXI GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Course Grand Prix Circuit
14.12 km (8.774 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 508.32 km (315.864 mi)
Pole position
Driver Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax
Time 3:50.0
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Jack Brabham
United Kingdom Innes Ireland
United States Phil Hill
Cooper-Climax
Lotus-Climax
Ferrari
Time 3:51.9
Podium
First Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax
Second New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Third Belgium Olivier Gendebien Cooper-Climax
The remains of Alan Stacey's car after his fatal accident in the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix. In the inset, Stacey before the race.

The 1960 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 19 June 1960. It was the fifth race of the 1960 Formula One season. It is remembered as one of Formula One's darkest days due to the deaths of Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey and the serious accidents of Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor.

Race distance had been lengthened to 36 laps from 24 laps. The results highlight an unusual quirk in the rules regarding classification of non-finishers. Under modern rules, Graham Hill would have been classified 3rd, since he completed lap 35 before Gendebien. Hill then retired, in the pits, but was not classified since he did not push his car over the line after the winner took the finish (as required by the rules of the time). In fact the rule about crossing the finishing line was inconsistently applied - at the 1959 German Grand Prix, Harry Schell was classified 7th despite only completing 49 of the race's 60 laps.[1]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 36 2:21:37.3 1 8
2 4 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 36 + 1:03.3 14 6
3 34 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Cooper-Climax 35 + 1 Lap 5 4
4 24 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 35 + 1 Lap 4 3
5 18 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 34 + 2 Laps 10 2
6 32 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Cooper-Climax 28 + 8 Laps 15 1
Ret 10 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 35 Engine 6  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Alan Stacey Lotus-Climax 24 Fatal accident 17  
Ret 22 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 23 Transmission 13  
Ret 26 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 22 Transmission 11  
Ret 36 United Kingdom Chris Bristow Cooper-Climax 19 Fatal accident 9  
Ret 30 United States Chuck Daigh Scarab 16 Engine 18  
Ret 6 Sweden Jo Bonnier BRM 14 Engine 7  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 13 Spun off 8  
Ret 8 United States Dan Gurney BRM 4 Engine 12  
Ret 38 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Cooper-Climax 2 Gearbox 2  
Ret 28 United States Lance Reventlow Scarab 1 Engine 16  
DNS 12 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 0 Accident 3  
DNS 20 United Kingdom Mike Taylor Lotus-Climax 0 Accident 19  

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Jack Brabham - 3:50.0
  • Fastest Lap: Jack Brabham, Innes Ireland and Phil Hill - 3:51.9
  • Practice for the event saw Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor injured in separate accidents, Taylor suffering injuries which would end his racing career and Moss injured seriously enough to keep him out of racing for a number of months. In the race, Chris Bristow, driving a year-old Cooper for the British Racing Partnership, got off line at Malmedy, crashed into an embankment there four feet high and was hurled into some barbed wire which beheaded him, killing him instantly. Five laps later, Alan Stacey was hit in the face by a bird at Masta and crashed fatally. It would be the darkest weekend for the sport until the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayhoe, David & Holland, David (2006). Grand Prix Data Book (4th edition). Haynes, Sparkford, UK. ISBN 1-84425-223-X


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