1959 French Grand Prix
|Date||5 July 1959|
|Official name||XLV Grand Prix de l'ACF|
|Location||Reims circuit, Reims, France|
|Course||Temporary road course|
|Course length||8.348 km (5.187 mi)|
|Distance||50 laps, 417.383 km (259.350 mi)|
The 1959 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims on 5 July 1959. It was race 4 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 3 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the 37th French Grand Prix and the twelfth to be held at the Reims highway circuit and the fourth to be held on the longer and faster 8.348 km layout. The race was held over 50 laps of the eight kilometre circuit for a race distance of 417 kilometres.
The race was won by British driver Tony Brooks driving a Ferrari Dino 246. Brooks dominated the race, leading all 50 laps and winning by 27 seconds over his American Scuderia Ferrari team mate Phil Hill. Brooks said after the race a sticking throttle in the closing laps made it more difficult than the result seemed. Australian driver Jack Brabham was over a minute behind in third position driving a Cooper T51 for the factory Cooper racing team after stopping to get new goggles as the circuit broke up.
Race day was very hot, to the point where the bitumen started to melt. Race cars were dislodging aggregate stones as the race went on causing American Masten Gregory to retire with cuts to his face, and Graham Hill to retire his Lotus 16 after his radiator was holed.
Stirling Moss was disqualified from eighth position after receiving a push-start in his British Racing Partnership entered BRM P25. Moss had pushed his car hard trying to overcome a failing gearbox, claiming a new lap record. Jean Behra too pushed hard in his Ferrari 246, climbing into third racing against no less than four team mates at this race. Behra's engine broke under his charge and the Frenchman had a heated discussion with team manager Romolo Tavoni which ended with Behra punching Tavoni. It would be Behra's last race for Ferrari, with the Frenchman being fired for the assault.
The win was the first of the season for Scuderia Ferrari and moved Brooks into second in the championship pointscore, five points behind Brabham. Hill's second position moved him into third in the championship.
|2||26||Phil Hill||Ferrari||50||+ 27.5||3||6|
|3||8||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Climax||50||+ 1:37.7||2||4|
|4||22||Olivier Gendebien||Ferrari||50||+ 1:47.5||11||3|
|5||12||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||50||+ 1:47.7||10||2|
|6||44||Ron Flockhart||BRM||50||+ 2:05.7||13|
|7||6||Harry Schell||BRM||47||+ 3 Laps||9|
|8||40||Giorgio Scarlatti||Maserati||41||+ 9 Laps||21|
|9||42||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Maserati||40||+ 10 Laps||20|
|10||38||Fritz d'Orey||Maserati||40||+ 10 Laps||18|
|11||14||Maurice Trintignant||Cooper-Climax||36||+ 14 Laps||8|
|Ret||20||Colin Davis||Cooper-Maserati||7||Oil Leak||17|
|DNS||36||Asdrúbal Fontes Bayardo||Maserati|
Championship standings after the race
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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