1963 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1963 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 10 in the 1963 Formula One season
Circuit Nürburgring-1927-Nordschleife.svg
Date August 4, 1963
Official name XXV Grosser Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.150 km (212.602 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 8:45.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari
Time 8:47.0 on lap 9
Podium
First United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Third United States Richie Ginther BRM

The 1963 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Nürburgring on August 4, 1963.

Race report[edit]

Jim Clark led away from pole in his customary fashion. Behind him Lorenzo Bandini spun in front of Innes Ireland who collected him, Willy Mairesse had an accident, and Chris Amon sustained a knee injury when the steering broke, catapulting him into the trees. Graham Hill retired leaving Clark to battle away with John Surtees and Trevor Taylor before engine problems befell Taylor. When Clark's engine went down to just 7 cylinders, Surtees was able to pass him easily to lead him home to take his first F1 victory. Richie Ginther completed the podium. Gerhard Mitter finished in a superb fourth place in his home race from Jim Hall and Jo Bonnier.

This race was notable for being the only time Jim Clark ever finished second in a World Championship race.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 15 2:13:06.8 2 9
2 3 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 15 + 1:17.5 1 6
3 2 United States Richie Ginther BRM 15 + 2:44.9 6 4
4 26 West Germany Gerhard Mitter Porsche 15 + 8:11.5 15 3
5 20 United States Jim Hall Lotus-BRM 14 + 1 lap 16 2
6 16 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Climax 14 + 1 lap 12 1
7 9 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax 14 + 1 lap 8
8 4 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 14 + 1 lap 18
9 18 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM 10 Differential 9
10 28 France Bernard Collomb Lotus-Climax 10 + 5 laps 21
Ret 17 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 9 Wheel 17
Ret 6 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 7 Engine 10
Ret 10 United States Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax 6 Gearbox 13
Ret 22 Portugal Mario de Araujo Cabral Cooper-Climax 6 Gearbox 20
Ret 24 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Scirocco-BRM 5 Steering 19
Ret 23 United States Tony Settember Scirocco-BRM 5 Accident 22
Ret 5 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 3 Accident 5
Ret 1 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 2 Gearbox 4
Ret 21 New Zealand Chris Amon Lola-Climax 1 Accident 14
Ret 8 Belgium Willy Mairesse Ferrari 1 Accident 7
Ret 14 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-BRM 1 Accident 11
Ret 15 Italy Lorenzo Bandini BRM 0 Accident 3
DNQ 29 Belgium André Pilette Lotus-Climax
DNQ 25 United Kingdom Ian Raby Gilby-BRM
DNQ 30 United Kingdom Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax
DNQ 27 West Germany Kurt Kuhnke Lotus-Borgward
WD 11 United States Phil Hill ATS Car damaged in transit
WD 12 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti ATS Car damaged in transit
WD 19 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-BRM Car not ready

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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