1961 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season
Circuit Reims-Gueux.png
Date 2 July 1961
Official name XLVIIe Grand Prix de l'A.C.F.
Location Reims
France
Course Street circuit/Racing facility
8.302 km (5.158 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 431.704 km (268.248 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 2.24.9
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 2.27.1 on lap 20
Podium
First Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari
Second United States Dan Gurney Porsche
Third United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax

The 1961 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 2 July 1961 at Reims.

By winning the race, Giancarlo Baghetti became only the third driver to win his first World Championship race, the other two being Nino Farina, who won the first World Championship race (the 1950 British Grand Prix) and Johnnie Parsons, who won the 1950 Indianapolis 500 (the Indianapolis 500 was part of the World Championship from 1950 to 1960), though both Farina and Parsons had competed at future World Championship races before the creation of the championship, while this was Baghetti's first start at a major Grand Prix. This was Baghetti's only World Championship race win.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 50 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 52 2:14:17.5 12 9
2 12 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 52 +0.1 secs 5 6
3 8 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 52 +1:01.0 9 4
4 6 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 52 +1:10.3 10 3
5 4 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 52 +1:41.8 8 2
6 22 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM-Climax 52 +1:41.9 6 1
7 10 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 52 +3:15.4 13
8 42 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 51 +1 Lap 15
9 16 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 50 +2 Laps 1
10 30 United Kingdom Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 49 +3 Laps 25
11 46 Switzerland Michael May Lotus-Climax 48 +4 Laps 22
12 36 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 43 +9 Laps 16
13 32 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 42 +10 Laps 23
14 38 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Lotus-Climax 42 +10 Laps 24
15 18 United States Richie Ginther Ferrari 40 Oil Pressure 3
Ret 26 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 31 Brakes 4
Ret 48 Belgium Willy Mairesse Lotus-Climax 27 Engine 20
Ret 14 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 23 Overheating 17
Ret 28 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 21 Overheating 19
Ret 20 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 18 Engine 2
Ret 34 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti De Tomaso-Osca 15 Engine 26
Ret 2 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 14 Oil Pressure 14
Ret 52 France Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax 6 Engine 21
Ret 40 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax 4 Accident 7
Ret 24 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 4 Overheating 11
Ret 44 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 4 Overheating 18
DNS 46 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax Practice only - May's car
DNS T Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu Lotus-Climax Practice only - UDT Laystall T-car
WD 14 Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche Entry taken by de Beaufort
WD 46 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Emeryson-Maserati Entry taken by May
WD 54 United Kingdom Brian Naylor JBW-Maserati Car not ready

Notes[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


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