1958 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Nürburgring layout
Nürburgring layout
Date 3 August 1958
Official name XX Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent road course
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 15 laps, 342.150 km (212.595 mi)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 9:14.0
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall
Time 9:09.2
First Vanwall
Second Cooper-Climax
Third Cooper-Climax

The 1958 German Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 3 August 1958 at Nürburgring. It was race 8 of 11 in the 1958 World Championship of Drivers and race 7 of 10 in the 1958 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

To increase participation, the organizers opened the field to Formula 2 cars. Also, the race distance was shortened to 15 laps from 22 previously. The two races were run at the same time but the Formula 2 entries (shown in yellow) were not eligible for World Championship points and some sources do not consider these starts in career stats. Peter Collins died after an accident on the 11th lap, as rival Tony Brooks went on to victory. On lap 11 during the race while Collins was chasing Tony Brooks' Vanwall in the Pflanzgarten section Collins had a fatal accident as his Ferrari ran too wide, crashed into a ditch and went flying into the air. His car then somersaulted and he struck a tree head first while he was pushing his Ferrari to the limit, although he was given medical treatment he died in hospital later that day. Brooks said in his biography that Collins drove harder than any other driver he had ever faced in his racing career. But others believed he had almost suffered the same incident as Luigi Musso did at the 1958 French Grand Prix earlier that season and that this race had the rivalry that was similar to the Collins and Fangio duel 2 years before.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Vanwall 15 2:21:15.0 2 8
2 10 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 15 +3:29.7 6 6
3 11 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 15 +5:11.2 7 4
4 4 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 15 +6:16.3 5 3
5 20 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 15 +6:26.3 12
6 21 West Germany Edgar Barth Porsche 15 +6:32.4 13
7 26 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax 15 +6:59.3 11
8 30 United Kingdom Tony Marsh Cooper-Climax 15 +7:09.9 14
9 23 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 15 +7:45.5 10
10 12 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 24 0*
11 28 United Kingdom Ivor Bueb Lotus-Climax 13 +2 Laps 16
Ret 3 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 11 Clutch 1
Ret 2 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari 10 Fatal Accident 4
Ret 22 West Germany Wolfgang Seidel Cooper-Climax 9 Suspension 17
Ret 6 United States Harry Schell BRM 9 Brakes 8
Ret 27 Belgium Christian Goethals Cooper-Climax 4 Fuel pump 23
Ret 25 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 4 Oil pipe 22
Ret 5 France Jean Behra BRM 4 Suspension 9
Ret 18 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 3 Engine 15
Ret 17 West Germany Hans Herrmann Maserati 3 Engine 20
Ret 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall 3 Magneto 3 1
Ret 19 United Kingdom Dick Gibson Cooper-Climax 2 Engine 18
Ret 29 United Kingdom Brian Naylor Cooper-Climax 1 Fuel pump 25
Ret 24 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 1 Collision 19
Ret 16 Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 1 Accident 21
DNS 14 United States Troy Ruttman Maserati Engine

* Despite being the fifth-placed Formula One car, Allison scored no points because he finished tenth on the road behind five Formula Two cars


  • No points awarded for fifth to Bruce McLaren (as he was driving Formula 2 car). The fifth-placed Formula 1 car finished behind five Formula 2 entries.
  • Excluding the Indianapolis 500, this was the first championship race in F1 history not to feature an Italian driver.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best six results counted towards each Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


  1. ^ "1958 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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