1966 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1966 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 9 in the 1966 Formula One season
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Date May 22, 1966
Official name XXIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street Circuit
3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 314.500 km (195.400 mi)
Weather Overcast, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:29.9
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari
Time 1:29.8
Podium
First United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM
Second Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM

The 1966 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Monaco on May 22, 1966. It was the opening round of the 1966 Formula One season, the first of a new era for Formula One, the 'return to power' as engine regulations were altered from 1.5 litres of maximum engine displacement to 3.0 litres. It was the 24th Monaco Grand Prix.

The race was won by British driver Jackie Stewart driving a BRM P261. He took a forty second victory over the Ferrari 246 of Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini. It was Stewart's second Grand Prix victory after winning the Italian Grand Prix the previous year. Stewart's team mate, fellow Briton Graham Hill finished a lap down in third position in his BRM P261. The only other driver to be classified as a finisher was American driver Bob Bondurant driving a BRM P261 entered privately by Team Chamaco Collect.

Race report[edit]

The first race of the new 3-litre engine series began in Monaco. Few teams were ready for the new regulations with several teams starting the race with 1965 engines still in place, or had adapted heavier sports car racing engines to suit.

Some sessions were filmed for the movie Grand Prix. It was the debut race of the McLaren racing team, and the Repco V8 in the back of Brabhams new 1966 BT19 chassis. John Surtees, still recovering from a crash at Mosport Park led for 14 laps from Jackie Stewart, Jochen Rindt and Denny Hulme until his differential broke, handing the lead to Stewart. Hulme retired whilst Graham Hill and Jim Clark disputed third place before Clark's suspension gave out. Meanwhile Lorenzo Bandini was smashing the lap record before having to ease off to prevent the front brakes wearing out. Stewart won from Bandini with Graham Hill third and Bob Bondurant fourth the only other car past the line in a race of extreme attrition. New rules meant that cars had to complete 90% of the race distance to be classified and eligible for points, meaning that whilst Guy Ligier and Jo Bonnier were still racing, they were considered far enough behind to have actually retired. To this day, this race holds the record for having the fewest classified finishers in a single race in Formula One history.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart BRM 100 2:33:10.5 3 9
2 16 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 100 + 40.2 5 6
3 11 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 99 + 1 lap 4 4
4 19 United States Bob Bondurant BRM 95 + 5 laps 16 3
Ret 9 United States Richie Ginther Cooper-Maserati 80 Transmission 9
NC 21 France Guy Ligier Cooper-Maserati 75 Not Classified 15
NC 18 Sweden Jo Bonnier Cooper-Maserati 73 Not Classified 14
Ret 4 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 60 Suspension 1
Ret 10 Austria Jochen Rindt Cooper-Maserati 56 Engine 7
Ret 14 Switzerland Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM 35 Clutch 13
Ret 6 United Kingdom Mike Spence Lotus-BRM 34 Suspension 12
Ret 7 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 17 Gearbox 11
Ret 17 United Kingdom John Surtees Ferrari 16 Transmission 2
Ret 8 New Zealand Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax 15 Transmission 6
Ret 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 9 Oil Leak 10
Ret 15 United Kingdom Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax 3 Engine 8

Lap leaders[edit]

John Surtees (laps 1–14), Jackie Stewart (15–100)

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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