1963 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 10 in the 1963 Formula One season
Circuit Reims-Gueux.png
Date June 30, 1963
Official name XLIX Grand Prix de l'A.C.F.
Location Reims, France
Course Permanent racing facility
8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 440.006 km (273.407 mi)
Weather Sunny, then rain
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 2:20.2
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 2:21.6 on lap 12
First United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Second South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax
Third United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM

The 1963 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims on June 30, 1963. It was the fourth round of the 1963 Formula One season. The race was won by Jim Clark driving a Lotus 25-Climax 1.5l V8.[1]

Race report[edit]

Jim Clark took the lead at the start from Richie Ginther in the BRM. All Graham Hill's hard work in qualifying second despite mechanical problems in practice came to nothing when his engine died on the grid and his car had to be push started. The subsequent one minute penalty dropped him well back. Clark led dominantly, his lead being extended when a stone pierced Ginther's radiator, forcing him into the pits. Jack Brabham took second place after a strong fight with Trevor Taylor, who also suffered mechanical problems.

Brabham then began to gain significantly on Clark as the Scot's Climax engine started to splutter, however this proved to be a sporadic fault and he had enough of a lead to maintain the position. It was Brabham himself who dropped out when a lead came adrift, handing second and third to Tony Maggs and a delighted Hill. Clark was over a minute ahead of them after yet another start-to-finish victory.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 53 2:10:54.3 1 9
2 12 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 53 + 1:04.9 8 6
3 2 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 53 + 1:13.9 2
4 6 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 53 + 2:15.2 5 3
5 8 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 53 + 2:33.4 3 2
6 36 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM 52 + 1 lap 10 1
7 30 New Zealand Chris Amon Lola-Climax 51 + 2 laps 17
8 28 France Maurice Trintignant Lotus-Climax 50 + 3 laps 15
9 32 United Kingdom Innes Ireland BRP-BRM 49 + 4 laps 9
10 46 Italy Lorenzo Bandini BRM 45 + 8 laps 21
11 34 United States Jim Hall Lotus-BRM 45 + 8 laps 18
12 10 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 42 Ignition 6
13 20 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 41 Suspension 7
NC 42 United States Phil Hill Lotus-BRM 34 Not Classified 13
NC 44 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Climax 32 Not Classified 11
Ret 48 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-BRM 30 Gearbox 19
Ret 16 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 12 Fuel pump 4
Ret 38 United States Tony Settember Scirocco-BRM 5 Wheel Bearing 20
Ret 4 United States Richie Ginther BRM 4 Radiator 12
DNS 14 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari Practice accident
DNS 22 United Kingdom Peter Arundell Lotus-Climax Driver raced in support race
WD 26 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti ATS
WD 40 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Scirocco-BRM Car not ready
WD 50 Argentina Nasif Estéfano De Tomaso Car not ready
  • Phil Hill was originally entered as car #24, to drive the ATS. When the ATS team withdrew, he switched to drive the Scuderia Filipinetti Lotus-BRM.


  • Pole position: Jim Clark - 2:20.2
  • Fastest Lap: Jim Clark - 2:21.6
  • Graham Hill was push started, incurring a one-minute penalty from the organisers, and was awarded no championship points for his third place

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

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  1. ^ small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 109. ISBN 0851127029. 
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.