1962 Formula One season

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1962 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Graham Hill
International Cup Champion: BRM
Previous: 1961 Next: 1963

The 1962 Formula One season was the 13th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1962 World Championship of Drivers and the 1962 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers [1] which were contested concurrently over a nine race series that commenced on 20 May and ended on 29 December. The season also included a number of non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Season summary[edit]

Ferrari were completely eclipsed in 1962, partly as a result of internal upheavals, partly because the British teams had made great progress. BRM finally came good with Graham Hill taking the championship after a season long battle with the revolutionary monocoque Lotus 25 driven by Jim Clark. Dan Gurney gave Porsche their only grand prix win at Rouen, and Cooper won their last race until 1966. Lola made their first of their sporadic forays into Grand Prix racing, and Jack Brabham emerged as a constructor, scoring his first points in his own car. Stirling Moss, one of the great drivers, crashed heavily before the championship season began and never raced in a Grand Prix again. Ricardo Rodriguez, age 20 years 123 days, became the youngest driver to score championship points with his fourth place in Belgium, a record which stood for 38 years before Jenson Button, age 20 years 67 days, broke it at the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Two drivers were to die during this season. Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez during the non-championship Mexican Grand Prix at the Mixhuca circuit, and noted Rhodesian motorcycle rider Gary Hocking during the non-championship Natal Grand Prix at the Westmead Circuit in South Africa.

Season review[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 20 May United Kingdom John Surtees New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM D Report
2 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 3 June United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper-Climax D Report
3 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 17 June United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report
4 France French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts 8 July United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Graham Hill United States Dan Gurney West Germany Porsche D Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Aintree 21 July United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report
6 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 5 August United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM D Report
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 16 September United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM D Report
8 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 7 October United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report
9 South Africa South African Grand Prix Prince George 29 December United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM D Report

Teams and drivers[edit]

Briton Graham Hill (pictured in 1963) won his 1st driver's championship, driving for BRM
Jim Clark (Lotus 25 Coventry Climax), here contesting the 1962 German Grand Prix, placed second in the Championship after retiring from a Championship-winning first position in the last round
Reigning champion Phil Hill placed sixth in the 1962 World Championship of Drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1962 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D United States Phil Hill 1–3, 5–7
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 1, 3, 6–7
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez 1–3, 6–7
Italy Lorenzo Bandini 2, 6–7
Belgium Willy Mairesse 2–3, 7
United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 25
24
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D United Kingdom Jim Clark All
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor All
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T60
T55
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
Climax FPF 1.5 L4
D New Zealand Bruce McLaren All
South Africa Tony Maggs All
United States Timmy Mayer 8
United Kingdom Brabham Racing Organisation Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Australia Jack Brabham 1–5
Brabham-Climax BT3 6, 8–9
United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 24
18/21
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
Climax FPF 1.5 L4
D United Kingdom Innes Ireland 1–5, 7–9
United States Masten Gregory 1, 5
Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 2–4, 7–8
West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 804
718
Porsche 753 1.5 F8
Porsche 547/6 1.5 F4
D Sweden Jo Bonnier 1–2, 4–8
United States Dan Gurney 1–2, 5–8
United States Phil Hill 8
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718
787
Porsche 547/6 1.5 F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort All
Netherlands Ben Pon 1
Emeryson-Climax 61 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 West Germany Wolfgang Seidel 1
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P57
P48/57
BRM P56 1.5 V8 D United Kingdom Graham Hill All
United States Richie Ginther All
United Kingdom Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing Team Lola-Climax Mk 4 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D United Kingdom John Surtees All
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 1–2, 4–9
United Kingdom Ecurie Galloise Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 1–2, 4–6
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D France Maurice Trintignant 2–4, 6–8
Italy Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia Lotus-Climax 18/21
24
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Italy Nino Vaccarella 2, 7
Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 6
Switzerland Ecurie Nationale Suisse Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Switzerland Jo Siffert 2
United Kingdom Emeryson Cars Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones 3
Emeryson-Climax 61 United States Tony Settember 5, 7
Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Belgium Lucien Bianchi 3, 6
Switzerland Ecurie Filipinetti Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Switzerland Jo Siffert 3, 6
Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 4, 7
Switzerland Heinz Schiller 6
Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 Switzerland Heini Walter 6
West Germany Autosport Team Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D United States Dan Gurney 3
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel 5–6
West Germany Gunther Seiffert 6
New Zealand Tony Shelly 7
United Kingdom Anglo-American Equipe Cooper-Climax T59 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Ian Burgess 5–7
United States Ecurie Excelsior Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Jay Chamberlain 5–7
United Kingdom John Dalton Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D New Zealand Tony Shelly 5–6
United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Gilby-BRM 62 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D United Kingdom Keith Greene 6–7
France Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D France Bernard Collomb 6
Italy Scuderia de Tomaso De Tomaso F1 De Tomaso 1.5 F8 D Argentina Nasif Estéfano 7
Italy Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-OSCA F1 OSCA 372 1.5 L4 D Italy Roberto Lippi 7
United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore 7
Italy Scuderia Jolly Club Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Italy Ernesto Prinoth 7
United States Dupont Team Zerex Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D United States Roger Penske 8
United States Hap Sharp Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Hap Sharp 8
United States Jim Hall Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Jim Hall 8
United States John Mecom Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Rob Schroeder 8
South Africa Bruce Johnstone BRM P48/57 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D South Africa Bruce Johnstone 9
South Africa Ernie Pieterse Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D South Africa Ernie Pieterse 9
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love Cooper-Climax T55 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love 9
South Africa Neville Lederle Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D South Africa Neville Lederle 9
South Africa Otello Nucci LDS-Alfa Romeo Mk 1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D South Africa Doug Serrurier 9
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Mike Harris Cooper-Alfa Romeo T53 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Mike Harris 9

1962 Drivers Championship final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1962 World Championship of Drivers were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis to the first six finishers in each race with the best five race results retained by each driver.

Pos. Driver NED
Netherlands
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
RSA
South Africa
Pts.
1 United Kingdom Graham Hill 1 (6) 2 9 (4) 1 1 (2) 1 42 (52)
2 United Kingdom Jim Clark 9 Ret 1 Ret 1 4 Ret 1 Ret 30
3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Ret 1 Ret (4) 3 (5) 3 3 2 27 (32)
4 United Kingdom John Surtees Ret 4 5 5 2 2 Ret Ret Ret 19
5 United States Dan Gurney Ret Ret DNS 1 9 3 13 5 15
6 United States Phil Hill 3 2 3 Ret Ret 11 DNS 14
7 South Africa Tony Maggs 5 Ret Ret 2 6 9 7 7 3 13
8 United States Richie Ginther Ret Ret Ret 3 13 8 2 Ret 7 10
9 Australia Jack Brabham Ret 8 6 Ret 5 Ret 4 4 9
10 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 2 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6
11 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 4 Ret 10 5 5
12 Italy Lorenzo Bandini 3 Ret 8 4
13 Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez Ret DNS 4 6 14 4
14 Belgium Willy Mairesse 7 Ret 4 3
15 Sweden Joakim Bonnier 7 5 Ret Ret 7 6 13 3
16 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 8 5 2
17 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 6 DNQ 7 6 14 13 10 Ret 11 2
18 United States Masten Gregory Ret DNQ Ret Ret 7 12 6 1
19 South Africa Neville Lederle 6 1
France Maurice Trintignant Ret 8 7 Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 8 DNQ Ret 10 Ret 0
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland John Love 8 0
Italy Nino Vaccarella DNQ 15 9 0
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 9 16 0
United States Roger Penske 9 0
South Africa Bruce Johnstone 9 0
Switzerland Jo Siffert DNQ 10 Ret 12 DNQ 0
United States Rob Schroeder 10 0
South Africa Ernie Pieterse 10 0
United Kingdom Ian Burgess 12 11 DNQ 0
United States Tony Settember 11 Ret 0
United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones 11 0
United States Hap Sharp 11 0
Switzerland Heini Walter 14 0
United States Jay Chamberlain 15 DNQ DNQ 0
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel NC Ret DNQ 0
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS Ret 0
New Zealand Tony Shelly Ret DNQ DNQ 0
United Kingdom Keith Greene DNS Ret DNQ 0
Netherlands Ben Pon Ret 0
Switzerland Heinz Schiller Ret 0
France Bernard Collomb Ret 0
United States Timmy Mayer Ret 0
South Africa Doug Serrurier Ret 0
South Africa Mike Harris Ret 0
West Germany Günther Seiffert DNQ 0
United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore DNQ 0
Italy Ernesto Prinoth DNQ 0
Italy Roberto Lippi DNQ 0
Argentina Nasif Estéfano DNQ 0
United States Jim Hall DNS 0
Pos. Driver NED
Netherlands
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
RSA
South Africa
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • Italics indicate fastest lap
  • Bold indicates pole position

1962 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1962 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis for the first six places in each race, however only the best placed car from each manufacturer was eligible to score points and only the best five results could be retained by each manufacturer.

Porsche placed fifth in the 1962 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers
Pos. Manufacturer NED
Netherlands
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
RSA
South Africa
Pts.[2]
1 United Kingdom BRM 1 (6) 2 (3) (4) 1 1 (2) 1 42 (56)
2 United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 2 8 1 7 1 4 9 1 (5) 36 (38)
3 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax (5) 1 Ret 2 3 (5) 3 (3) 2 29 (37)
4 United Kingdom Lola-Climax Ret 4 5 5 2 2 Ret Ret Ret 19
5 West Germany Porsche 6 5 7 1 9 3 (6) 5 11 18 (19)
6 Italy Ferrari 3 2 3 WD Ret 6 4 WD 18
7 United Kingdom Brabham-Climax Ret 4 4 6
8 United Kingdom Lotus-BRM DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 6 1
United Kingdom Emeryson-Climax NC 11 Ret WD 0
Belgium ENB-Maserati 16 0
United Kingdom Gilby-BRM WD Ret DNQ 0
South Africa LDS-Alfa Romeo Ret 0
United Kingdom Cooper-Alfa Romeo Ret 0
Italy De Tomaso DNQ 0
Italy De Tomaso-Osca DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer NED
Netherlands
MON
Monaco
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
RSA
South Africa
Pts.
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the championship. Numbers without parentheses are championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

The following Formula One races which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers or the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers were also held in 1962.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
South Africa V Cape Grand Prix Killarney 2 January United Kingdom Trevor Taylor United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Belgium IV Brussels Grand Prix Heysel 1 April Belgium Willy Mairesse Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom III Lombank Trophy Snetterton 14 April United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom XIV Lavant Cup Goodwood 23 April New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom X Glover Trophy Goodwood 23 April United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM Report
France XXII Pau Grand Prix Pau 23 April France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom VII Aintree 200 Aintree 29 April United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom XV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 12 May United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM Report
Italy XX Naples Grand Prix Posillipo 20 May Belgium Willy Mairesse Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom I International 2000 Guineas Mallory Park 11 June United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Lola-Climax Report
United Kingdom XIII Crystal Palace Trophy Crystal Palace 11 June United Kingdom Innes Ireland United Kingdom Lotus-BRM Report
France III Grand Prix de Reims Reims 1 July New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
West Germany XII Solitude Grand Prix Solitudering 15 July United States Dan Gurney West Germany Porsche Report
Sweden VIII Kanonloppet Karlskoga 12 August United States Masten Gregory United Kingdom Lotus-BRM Report
Italy I Mediterranean Grand Prix Enna-Pergusa 19 August Italy Lorenzo Bandini Italy Ferrari Report
Denmark III Danish Grand Prix Roskildering 25–26 August Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom IX Gold Cup Oulton Park 1 September United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Mexico I Mexican Grand Prix Magdalena Mixhuca 4 November United Kingdom Jim Clark
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor
United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
South Africa V Rand Grand Prix Kyalami 15 December United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
South Africa II Natal Grand Prix Westmead 22 December United Kingdom Trevor Taylor United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook 1974, Grey Section, pages 118–121
  2. ^ 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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