1961 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1961 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date August 6, 1961
Official name XXIII Grosser Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, West Germany
Course Public road/Permanent racing facility
22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.150 km (212.602 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 8.55.2
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 8.57.8 on lap 10
Podium
First United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Second Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari
Third United States Phil Hill Ferrari

The 1961 German Grand Prix was the 23rd time the German Grand Prix (or Grosser Preis von Deutschland) motor race was held. The race also held the honorary designation of the 21st European Grand Prix. It was run to Formula One regulations as the sixth round of the 1961 World Drivers' Championship on 6 August 1961. It was held over 15 laps of the giant 14.2 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit for a race distance of almost 213 miles. The race also celebrated the 100th race since the establishment of the World Championship in 1950.

Stirling Moss in his Lotus

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss, driving a Lotus 18/21 for privateer outfit the Rob Walker Racing Team. Moss started from the second row of the grid and lead every lap of the race. It was the first German Grand Prix victory for a rear-engined car since Bernd Rosemeyer's Auto Union Type C took victory in 1936. Moss finished just over 20 seconds ahead of Ferrari 156 drivers Wolfgang von Trips and Phil Hill, breaking a four-race consecutive run of Ferrari victories. The result pushed Moss into third place in the championship points race, becoming the only driver outside of Ferrari's trio of von Trips, Hill and Richie Ginther still in contention to become the 1961 World Champion with two races left.

Jack Brabham's Cooper took full advantage of the new Coventry-Climax V-8 in qualifying. Brabham qualified second, and shot to the lead by the first corner. However, Brabham crashed before the end of the first lap due to a sticking throttle. It was the last home country appearance for points leader von Trips before his death at the Italian Grand Prix five weeks later. His second place finish saw Ferrari secure the constructors' championship. The remaining championship points scorers were all from British racing teams. Scottish driver Jim Clark (Lotus 21) was fourth for Team Lotus; former motorcycle World Champion John Surtees (Cooper T53) was fifth for Yeoman Credit Racing and young New Zealander Bruce McLaren was sixth in his factory-run Cooper T58.

17 of the races 26 starters finished the race with 16 of them classified finishers after Bernard Collomb (Cooper T53) did not completing the 75% race distance in order to be classified as a finisher.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 15 2:18:12.4 3 9
2 3 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 15 +21.4 secs 5 6
3 4 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 15 +22.5 secs 1 4
4 14 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 15 +1:17.1 8 3
5 18 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax 15 +1:53.1 10 2
6 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 15 +2:41.4 12 1
7 9 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 15 +3:23.1 7
8 5 United States Richie Ginther Ferrari 15 +5:23.1 14
9 28 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 15 +5:23.7 18
10 19 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 15 +12:11.5 15
11 33 South Africa Tony Maggs Lotus-Climax 14 +1 Lap 22
12 30 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax 14 +1 Lap 24
13 11 West Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche 14 +1 Lap 11
14 31 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 14 +1 Lap 17
15 37 United Kingdom Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 20
16 27 United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 25
Ret 6 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 13 Accident 13
Ret 20 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 12 Engine 21
NC 38 France Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax 11 Not Classified 26
Ret 32 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 10 Engine 19
Ret 16 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 6 Engine 9
Ret 8 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 5 Engine 4
Ret 26 West Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 3 Handling 23
Ret 17 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM-Climax 1 Accident 16
Ret 15 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 1 Fire 6
Ret 1 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 0 Accident 2
WD 10 West Germany Edgar Barth Porsche Car unraceworthy
WD 12 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax Car raced by Burgess
WD 25 Switzerland Michael May Lotus-Climax Practice accident
WD 29 Switzerland Piero Monteverdi MBM-Porsche
WD 34 Italy Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Climax
DNA 35 United Kingdom Geoff Duke Cooper-Climax Car not ready
DNA 39 United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones Cooper-Climax

Lap leaders[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


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