1961 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season
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Date June 18, 1961
Official name XXI Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Street circuit/Racing facility
14.1 km (8.761 mi)
Distance 30 laps, 423.0 km (262.8 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 3.59.3
Fastest lap
Driver United States Richie Ginther Ferrari
Time 3.59.8 on lap 20
Podium
First United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Second Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari
Third United States Richie Ginther Ferrari

The 1961 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 18 June 1961 at Spa-Francorchamps.

The organizers of the race invited 25 entries, but were only going to pay starting money to 19: sixteen pre-selected cars plus the 3 fastest of the remaining 9. Three of the cars without starting money decided not to race after practicing. A fourth entry was a single car for Cliff Allison and Henry Taylor. The team decided to let the fastest driver in practice compete, but Allison wrecked the car on his first practice lap. The Emeryson cars of Bianchi and Mairesse were also damaged beyond repair in practice, but they competed by using the older Lotus 18s of March and Seidel, who had decided not to race. The race was completely dominated by the Ferrari team, with the four works drivers finishing 1-2-3-4. While Graham Hill made an amazing start to the lead from the third row, he could not hold off the Italian cars and all had passed him by the end of the first lap. There was some excitement for fifth place, with Graham Hill and Surtees passing each other for the position until Hill had to retire with an oil leak on the 24th lap.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 30 2:03:03.8 1 9
2 2 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 30 +0.7 secs 2 6
3 6 United States Richie Ginther Ferrari 30 +19.5 secs 5 4
4 8 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 30 +45.6 secs 3 3
5 24 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax 30 +1:26.8 4 2
6 20 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 30 +1:31.0 10 1
7 18 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 30 +2:47.1 9
8 14 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 30 +3:55.6 8
9 40 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 13
10 44 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 12
11 22 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 28 +2 Laps 14
12 34 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 24 +6 Laps 16
13 38 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 24 +6 Laps 7
Ret 36 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM-Climax 24 Ignition 6
Ret 26 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 23 Gearbox 20
Ret 46 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 20 Wheel Bearing 17
Ret 28 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 12 Engine 11
Ret 30 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 9 Ignition 15
Ret 32 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 9 Engine 18
Ret 12 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 9 Oil Leak 23
Ret 10 Belgium Willy Mairesse Lotus-Climax 7 Ignition 19
DNS 42 United Kingdom Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 48 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 50 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax Start Money Dispute
DNS 16 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax Car Damaged in Practice
DNS 16 United Kingdom Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax Car Damaged by Allison

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Phil Hill - 3:59.3
  • Fastest Lap: Richie Ginther - 3:59.8
  • Lap Leaders: Phil Hill 20 laps (1, 3-5, 8, 11-13, 15, 17-18, 21-23, 25-30); Olivier Gendebien 3 laps (2, 6-7); Wolfgang von Trips 7 laps (9-10, 14, 16, 19-20, 24).
  • Final race entry by Cliff Allison after crash during practice in which he broke both knees and fractured his pelvis.
  • Of the 4 works Ferraris, 3 were painted red and one was painted yellow (Gendebien's, because he was Belgian and it was a one-off drive)

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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