1962 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 9 in the 1962 Formula One season
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Date 17 June 1962
Official name XXII Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
14.100 km (8.761 mi)
Distance 32 laps, 451.200 km (280.363 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM
Time 3:57.0
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 3:55.6 on lap 15
Podium
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Second United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM
Third United States Phil Hill Ferrari

The 1962 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 17 June 1962. This race was notable for being the first grand prix win for Jim Clark, and the first of four consecutive victories at Spa for the Scotsman (despite thoroughly disliking the circuit) and Team Lotus. It was also the first win for the famous Lotus 25, and the beginning of the famous 6-year-long rivalry between Clark and Graham Hill.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 32 2:07:32.3 12 9
2 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 32 + 44.1 1 6
3 9 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 32 + 2:06.5 4 4
4 12 Mexico Ricardo Rodriguez Ferrari 32 + 2:06.6 7 3
5 5 United Kingdom John Surtees Lola-Climax 31 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 15 Australia Jack Brabham Lotus-Climax 30 + 2 Laps 15 1
7 7 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 30 + 2 Laps 13  
8 18 France Maurice Trintignant Lotus-Climax 30 + 2 Laps 16  
9 19 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Lotus-Climax 29 + 3 Laps 18  
10 22 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Climax 29 + 3 Laps 17  
11 4 United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones Lotus-Climax 16 + 16 Laps 19  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 25 Accident 3  
Ret 10 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 25 Accident 6  
Ret 2 United States Richie Ginther BRM 22 Gearbox 9  
Ret 26 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 22 Gearbox 10  
Ret 25 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 19 Wheel bearing 2  
Ret 21 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-BRM 13 Withdrew 8  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 8 Suspension 5  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 3 Ignition 14  
DNS 23 United States Dan Gurney Lotus-BRM Seidel's car — unraceworthy
WD 3 United Kingdom Tony Marsh BRM Car not ready
WD 4 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis BRM
WD 4 United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore BRM
WD 6 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax
WD 8 Switzerland Heinz Schiller Porsche
WD 24 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche
  • Dan Gurney practiced in a Lotus-BRM owned by Wolfgang Seidel, but after a few laps he deemed the car unraceworthy. Gurney was also entered by the works Porsche team, along with Jo Bonnier, but the team withdrew after the factory was hit by strike action.
  • The #4 entry was originally allocated to Lewis, then to Ashmore on Lewis' withdrawal. After Ashmore also withdrew, the slot was filled by John Campbell-Jones.
  • Lucien Bianchi was originally entered as #14, in a Porsche prepared by Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia, but withdrew. He later took #19 and drove Equipe National Belge's Lotus.

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Graham Hill - 3:57.0
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 3:55.6
  • Ricardo Rodriguez became the youngest driver to score championship points (20 years, 123 days), a record which stood for 38 years before Jenson Button, aged 20 years, 67 days, broke it at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Last podium for Phil Hill.
  • Trevor Taylor and Willy Mairesse were fighting for 2nd place until the 2 cars touched, crashed into a ditch and Mairesse's car landed upside down and caught fire. Both drivers were thrown out of their cars, but were unhurt.
  • First Belgian Grand Prix to allocate odd numbers to vehicles.
  • First win for a car with a monocoque.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.


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