1961 British Grand Prix
|Race 5 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season|
|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|
|Time||1:57.8 on lap 72|
|First||Wolfgang von Trips||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.
|1||4||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari||75||2:40:53.6||4||9|
|2||2||Phil Hill||Ferrari||75||+46.0 secs||1||6|
|3||6||Richie Ginther||Ferrari||75||+46.8 secs||2||4|
|7||10||Dan Gurney||Porsche||74||+1 Lap||12|
|8||14||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||74||+1 Lap||14|
|9||22||Tony Brooks||BRM-Climax||73||+2 Laps||6|
|10||16||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax||72||+3 Laps||7|
|11||42||Masten Gregory||Cooper-Climax||71||+4 Laps||16|
|12||60||Lorenzo Bandini||Cooper-Maserati||71||+4 Laps||21|
|13||50||Tony Maggs||Lotus-Climax||69||+6 Laps||24|
|14||44||Ian Burgess||Lotus-Climax||69||+6 Laps||25|
|15||54||Keith Greene||Gilby-Climax||69||+6 Laps||26|
|16||56||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||69||+6 Laps||18|
|17||52||Wolfgang Seidel||Lotus-Climax||58||+17 Laps||22|
|Ret||18||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||62||Oil Leak||8|
|DSQ||26|| Jack Fairman
|WD||24||Olivier Gendebien||Emeryson-Maserati||Car not ready|
- Pole position: Phil Hill - 1:58.8
- Fastest Lap: Tony Brooks - 1:57.8
- 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 disqualfied 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
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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