1961 Modena Grand Prix

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Italy  1961 Modena Grand Prix
Race details
Non-Championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Date 3 September 1961
Official name XV Gran Premio di Modena
Location Modena Autodrome, Modena
Course Permanent racing facility
2.366 km (1.4702 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 236.61 km (147.02 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Time 0:58.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Time 0:59.2
Podium
First United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Second Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche
Third United States Dan Gurney Porsche

The 15th Modena Grand Prix was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 3 September 1961 at Modena Autodrome, Italy. The race was run over 100 laps of the circuit, and was dominated by British driver Stirling Moss in a Lotus 18/21.

The qualifying system for this event was very unusual in that despite over 30 entrants, the starting grid was restricted to only 14 cars. Furthermore, the fastest three Italian drivers in practice would be guaranteed to start the race, regardless of how many other drivers were faster. This resulted in Innes Ireland failing to qualify despite being 13th fastest, and faster than Giorgio Scarlatti who did qualify.[1]

Moss took pole position, fastest lap and the win, finishing a few seconds ahead of the Porsche pairing of Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney. Gurney led at the start, but Moss passed him on lap 11 and stayed in front.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 26 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 0:58.6 -
2 10 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 0:59.0 + 0.4
3 12 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 0:59.0 + 0.4
4 62 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM-Climax 0:59.3 + 0.7
5 46 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 0:59.4 + 0.8
6 14 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 0:59.6 + 1.0
7 32 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 0:59.7 + 1.1
8 4 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 0:59.8 + 1.2
9 44 United Kingdom John Surtees Cooper-Climax 0:59.8 + 1.2
10 36 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 0:59.8 + 1.2
11 64 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 1:00.0 + 1.4
12 30 United Kingdom Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 1:00.1 + 1.5
13 16 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 1:00.2 + 1.6
14 42 Italy Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1:00.4 + 1.8
15 24 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 1:00.4 + 1.8
16 50 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 1:00.6 + 2.0
17 66 Belgium Mauro Bianchi Emeryson-Maserati 1:01.2 + 2.6
18 34 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 1:01.2 + 2.6
19 18 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Lotus-Maserati 1:01.6 + 3.0
20 48 United Kingdom Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 1:01.7 + 3.1
21 52 Italy Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1:02.0 + 3.4
22 28 Italy Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax 1:02.1 + 3.5
23 56 Italy Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-O.S.C.A 1:02.9 + 4.3
24 18 Italy Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 1:03.0 + 4.4
25 20 Italy Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 1:03.3 + 4.7
26 22 Italy Gastone Zanarotti De Tomaso-O.S.C.A 1:03.3 + 4.7
27 8 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 1:05.8 + 7.2
28 60 Switzerland "Wal Ever" Cooper-O.S.C.A. 1:06.4 + 7.8

Results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 26 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 100 1.40:08.1 1
2 10 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 100 + 7.0 s 2
3 12 United States Dan Gurney Porsche System Engineering Porsche 100 + 7.3 s 3
4 14 United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 99 6
5 36 Australia Jack Brabham Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 99 10
6 64 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax 99 11
7 62 United Kingdom Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax 99 4
Ret 4 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati 92 Con-rod 8
Ret 42 Italy Roberto Bussinello Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 75 Oil pressure 13
Ret 46 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 74 Engine 5
NC 32 United States Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 71 7
Ret 30 United Kingdom Henry Taylor UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 42 Cylinder head gasket 12
Ret 44 United Kingdom John Surtees Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 25 Engine 9
Ret 18 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 4 Engine 14
DNQ 16 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Team Lotus Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 24 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 50 France Maurice Trintignant Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Maserati -
DNQ 66 Belgium Mauro Bianchi Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati -
DNQ 34 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche -
DNQ 48 United Kingdom Tim Parnell Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 52 Italy Nino Vaccarella Scuderia Serenissima De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo -
DNQ 28 Italy Menato Boffa Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax -
DNQ 56 Italy Roberto Lippi Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-O.S.C.A -
DNQ 18 Italy Gaetano Starrabba Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati -
DNQ 20 Italy Renato Pirocchi Pescara Racing Club Cooper-Maserati -
DNQ 22 Italy Gastone Zanarotti Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-O.S.C.A -
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis H & L Motors Cooper-Climax -
DNQ 60 Switzerland "Wal Ever" "Wal Ever" Cooper-O.S.C.A. -
WD 2 Belgium André Pilette Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati -
WD 38 United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones John Campbell-Jones Cooper-Climax Driver injured -
WD 40 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Camoradi International Lotus-Climax Car not ready -
WD 54 United Kingdom Brian Naylor JBW Cars JBW-Climax -
WD 58 Italy Ernesto Prinoth Scuderia Dolomiti Lotus-Climax Car not ready -
  • Scarlatti and Starrabba used the same car.
  • Scuderia Centro Sud entered a Cooper-Maserati, given #6, but withdrew the entry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp.48-49
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]


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