1963 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 10 in the 1963 Formula One season
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Date June 9, 1963
Official name XXIII 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 Wet and overcast
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM
Time 3:54.1
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 3:58.1 on lap 16
Podium
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Second New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax
Third United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax

The 1963 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held at Spa-Francorchamps on June 9, 1963. It was the second race of the 1963 Formula One season. Jim Clark won the race in extremely wet and rainy conditions. After starting eighth on the grid Clark passed all of the cars in front of him, including early leader Graham Hill. About 17 laps into the race, with the rain coming down harder than ever, Clark had not only lapped the entire field except for Bruce McLaren, but he was almost five minutes ahead of McLaren and his Cooper. This would be the first of 7 victories for Clark and Team Lotus that year.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 32 2:27:47.6 8 9
2 14 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 32 + 4:54.0 5 6
3 18 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 31 + 1 lap 2 4
4 8 United States Richie Ginther BRM 31 + 1 lap 9 3
5 12 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Climax 30 + 2 laps 13 2
6 29 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 30 + 2 laps 18 1
7 15 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 27 Accident 4
8 24 United States Tony Settember Scirocco-BRM 25 Accident 19
Ret 9 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 19 Injection 10
Ret 7 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 17 Gearbox 1
Ret 22 Belgium Lucien Bianchi Lola-Climax 17 Accident 16
Ret 5 United States Jim Hall Lotus-BRM 16 Accident 12
Ret 28 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM 16 Accident 14
Ret 26 United States Phil Hill ATS 13 Gearbox 17
Ret 17 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 12 Injection 6
Ret 21 New Zealand Chris Amon Lola-Climax 10 Oil Leak 15
Ret 4 United Kingdom Innes Ireland BRP-BRM 9 Gearbox 7
Ret 10 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 7 Injection 3
Ret 27 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti ATS 7 Gearbox 20
Ret 2 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 5 Physical 11
WD 3 United Kingdom Peter Arundell Lotus-Climax No car
WD 11 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari No car
WD 19 Italy Lorenzo Bandini BRM Car retained by BRM
WD 25 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Scirocco-BRM Car not ready

Notes[edit]

  • Pole position: Graham Hill - 3:54.1
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 3:58.1
  • First podium: Brabham
  • Chris Amon was 19 years old when he started in this race.

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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