1960 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 10 in the 1960 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale Monza layout
Date 4 September 1960
Official name XXXII 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, dry
Pole position
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 2:41:4
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 2:43.6
Podium
First United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Second United States Richie Ginther Ferrari
Third Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari

The 1960 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 4 September 1960. The race was won by American driver Phil Hill driving a Ferrari 246 F1.

Race summary[edit]

The 1960 season had been a frustrating one for Ferrari's Formula 1 program as they campaigned their obsolete Dino 246, a front engined car as the rear engined design established supremacy. The championship had already been decided for Jack Brabham and Ferrari had gone without a victory. Seeing an opportunity, the Italian organizers decided to maximize Ferrari's one advantage —straightline speed— by using the combined Monza road and banked oval circuit, making the fast Monza even faster.

Citing the fragility of their cars and the dangers of the banking, the major British factory teams of the day—Lotus, B.R.M., and Cooper, all boycotted the event, leading to a cobbled together field of private entrants and Formula 2 cars.

The race was a processional affair, with Ginther leading at the start and eventually being overtaken by Hill. The pair with teammate Willy Mairesse raced on to a rare 1–2–3 team result for Scuderia Ferrari. The boycott also allowed Scuderia Castellotti to score its only world championship points with Giulio Cabianca finishing fourth in his Cooper T51, two laps behind Hill and ahead of Scuderia Ferrari's fourth entry, Wolfgang von Trips.

It was the first victory by an American driver in a Grand Prix since Jimmy Murphy in 1921, and the first by an American in the modern era, post codification of the Formula One championship in 1950. It would also be the last Formula One victory by a front-engined car.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 50 2:21:09.2 1 8
2 18 United States Richie Ginther Ferrari 50 + 2:27.6 2 6
3 16 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 49 + 1 Lap 3 4
4 2 Italy Giulio Cabianca Cooper-Castellotti 48 + 2 Laps 4 3
5 22 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 48 + 2 Laps 6 2
6 26 Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche 47 + 3 Laps 10 1
7 24 Germany Edgar Barth Porsche 47 + 3 Laps 12  
8 12 Italy Piero Drogo Cooper-Climax 45 + 5 Laps 15  
9 10 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Cooper-Climax 44 + 6 Laps 13  
10 28 United States Fred Gamble Behra-Porsche-Porsche 41 + 9 laps 14  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Brian Naylor JBW-Maserati 41 Gearbox 7  
Ret 34 United States Alfonso Thiele Cooper-Maserati 32 Gearbox 9  
Ret 4 Italy Gino Munaron Cooper-Castellotti 27 Engine 8  
Ret 36 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Cooper-Maserati 26 Engine 5  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Vic Wilson Cooper-Climax 23 Engine 16  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Arthur Owen Cooper-Climax 0 Accident 11  
DNS 14 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati Fuel system

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 6 results counted towards each Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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