1961 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1961 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season
Circuit Aintree.svg
Date 15 July 1961
Official name XIV RAC British Grand Prix
Location Aintree Circuit, Liverpool, England
Course Permanent road course
4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 362.10 km (225.00 mi)
Weather Torrential rain, drying later
Pole position
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 1:58.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax
Time 1:57.8 on lap 72
Podium
First Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari
Second United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Third United States Richie Ginther Ferrari

The 1961 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held on 15 July 1961 at the Aintree Circuit, near Liverpool. It was the fifth race of eight in the 1961 World Championship season. Following a wet weekend, with torrential rain affecting both qualifying and the race start, the Grand Prix was ultimately dominated by Scuderia Ferrari, with their drivers taking all three podium positions. The race was won by German Wolfgang von Trips, who had led for much of the race after starting from fourth place. This was von Trips's second and last Grand Prix victory, as two races later he was killed in an accident during the 1961 Italian Grand Prix. Pole position winner Phil Hill drove to second place, on his way to winning the World Drivers' Championship at the end of the season, and third place was taken by Hill's American compatriot Richie Ginther.

The 1961 British Grand Prix is also notable as being the first occasion on which a four-wheel drive car, and the last at which a front engined car was entered for a World Championship race. These two accomplishments were achieved by the same vehicle: the experimental Ferguson P99-Climax run by the Rob Walker Racing Team. Although the car was disqualified for receiving assistance on the track, in the hands of Stirling Moss – who took over the car from first driver Jack Fairman after his own Lotus's brakes failed – it showed some promise. Unfortunately for Moss, the 1961 British Grand Prix also marked the last occasion on which the local hero would contest a Grand Prix race on home soil, as his career was ended by an accident during a non-Championship race prior to the 1962 season.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 75 2:40:53.6 4 9
2 2 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 75 +46.0 secs 1 6
3 6 United States Richie Ginther Ferrari 75 +46.8 secs 2 4
4 12 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 75 +1:08.6 9 3
5 8 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 75 +1:16.2 3 2
6 36 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 75 +1:26.2 13 1
7 10 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 74 +1 Lap 12
8 14 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 74 +1 Lap 14
9 22 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 73 +2 Laps 6
10 16 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 72 +3 Laps 7
11 42 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 71 +4 Laps 16
12 60 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 71 +4 Laps 21
13 50 South Africa Tony Maggs Lotus-Climax 69 +6 Laps 24
14 44 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax 69 +6 Laps 25
15 54 United Kingdom Keith Greene Gilby-Climax 69 +6 Laps 26
16 56 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 69 +6 Laps 18
17 52 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 58 +17 Laps 22
Ret 18 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 62 Oil Leak 8
DSQ 26 United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Ferguson-Climax 56 Disqualified 20
Ret 32 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 45 Gearbox 30
Ret 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 44 Brakes 5
Ret 20 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM-Climax 43 Engine 11
Ret 58 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 27 Accident 19
Ret 48 United Kingdom Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 25 Ignition 27
Ret 34 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax 23 Differential 10
Ret 38 United Kingdom Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 12 Clutch 29
Ret 46 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 7 Handling 15
Ret 40 United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 7 Ignition 26
Ret 30 United Kingdom Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 5 Accident 17
Ret 62 Italy Massimo Natili Cooper-Maserati 0 Gearbox 28
WD 24 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Emeryson-Maserati Car not ready

Notes[edit]

  • Lap Leaders: Phil Hill 6 laps (1–6); Wolfgang von Trips 69 laps (7–75).
  • Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship with 3 races left.
  • World Championship Formula One debut for Gerry Ashmore
  • The #26 car, being driven by Jack Fairman, was disqualified for having been push started in the pits.
  • The circuit diagram names Sefton Straight wrongly. It is actually located between points 2 & 3, not 6 & 7 as shown

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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