1956 Belgian Grand Prix
|Race 4 of 8 in the 1956 Formula One season|
|Date||June 3, 1956|
|Official name||XVIII GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||14.120 km (8.774 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps, 508.320 km (315.855 mi)|
|Weather||Wet and overcast, later drying|
After the first day of practice on Thursday, Fangio was on pole with a time almost 5 sec faster than second place Moss. These times wouldn’t be touched with wet conditions on Friday and windy conditions on Saturday.
It was raining when the race began and Fangio made a poor start and settled in fifth with Moss well in the lead. But by lap 3 Fangio would be in second having passed Behra, Collins, and then Castellotti. By the fifth lap he was in the lead and had opened up an 8-second lead on Moss by lap 10 with Collins third on a drying track. Collins took second when Moss lost a back wheel on the climb after the Eau Rouge bridge. He was able to safely stop and sprint back to the pits and take over Perdisa’s car. He resumed in sixth but a lap down to the leaders. Collins took the lead for good when Fangio lost his transmission on lap 24. A tight battle for second between Behra and Frere ended when Behra’s engine began to misfire. This allowed Moss to move to third as he had passed Schell earlier. Moss ended the race on a furious pace but the two leaders were too far ahead to make up the gap.
|3||34|| Cesare Perdisa
|4||10||Harry Schell||Vanwall||35||+1 Lap||6||3|
|5||22||Luigi Villoresi||Maserati||34||+2 Laps||11||2|
|6||20||André Pilette||Ferrari||33||+3 Laps||16|
|7||32||Jean Behra||Maserati||33||+3 Laps||4|
|8||24||Louis Rosier||Maserati||33||+3 Laps||10|
|Ret||2||Juan Manuel Fangio||Ferrari||23||Transmission||1|
|Ret||12||Maurice Trintignant||Vanwall||11||Fuel system||7|
- Only Grand Prix appearance for Piero Scotti.
- Last Grand Prix appearance for: Paul Frère.
- Career Firsts: Peter Collins (win and laps led); Harry Schell (points); Paul Frère (podium).
- Shared Drive: Car #34: Perdisa (13 laps) and Moss (23 laps).
Drivers' Championship standings after the race
|2||4||Juan Manuel Fangio||9|
- Note: Only the top five positions are included.
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