1959 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 9 in the 1959 Formula One season
Monza 1957.jpg
Date 13 September 1959
Official name XXIX Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.750 km (3.573 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 414.000 km (257.256 mi)
Weather Dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Cooper-Climax
Time 1:39.7
Fastest lap
Driver United States Phil Hill Ferrari
Time 1:40.4
First Cooper-Climax
Second Ferrari
Third Cooper-Climax

The 1959 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 13 September 1959. It was the eighth and penultimate round of the 1959 Formula One season. It was the 29th Italian Grand Prix and the 24th to be held at Monza. The race was held over 72 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 414 kilometres.

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss driving a Cooper T51 for the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team. Moss won by 46 seconds over American driver Phil Hill driving a Ferrari Dino 246 for Scuderia Ferrari. Championship points leader Australian Jack Brabham finished third in works entered Cooper T51, expanding his points lead, but not sufficiently to prevent a championship showdown with Moss and Ferrari driver Tony Brooks at the United States Grand Prix.

Race report[edit]

This race was won on the weight of the cars, with Stirling Moss and team manager Rob Walker gambling on running the whole race without a tyre change in the little lightweight Cooper - although they substituted knock-on wheels for bolt-ons in case a pit stop was necessary. Stirling drove a careful race, relying on the Ferrari crew needing to pit. Tony Brooks made a good start but a piston failure eliminated him on the first lap. Graham Hill and then Dan Gurney led, but lost their advantages through clumsy pit-stop action. Moss continued to win at an average speed of 124 mph, a track record. Phil Hill was second for Ferrari on their home track, ahead of a Ferrari 4-5-6 in the order Gurney, Cliff Allison and Olivier Gendebien.

Moss' win closed the championship gap to only 5½ points behind Jack Brabham with Brooks eight points behind Brabham. The combined efforts of Brabham, Moss, Maurice Trintignant, Bruce McLaren and Masten Gregory secured the constructors championship for the Cooper Car Company.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 14 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 72 2:04:05.4 1 8
2 32 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 72 + 46.7 5 7
3 12 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 72 + 1:12.5 3 4
4 36 United States Dan Gurney Ferrari 72 + 1:19.6 4 3
5 34 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 38 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 71 + 1 Lap 6  
7 2 United States Harry Schell BRM 70 + 2 Laps 7  
8 6 Sweden Jo Bonnier BRM 70 + 2 Laps 11  
9 16 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 70 + 2 Laps 13  
10 26 United States Carroll Shelby Aston Martin 70 + 2 Laps 19  
11 40 United Kingdom Colin Davis Cooper-Maserati 68 + 4 Laps 18  
12 10 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Cooper-Climax 68 + 4 Laps 12  
13 4 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart BRM 67 + 5 Laps 15  
14 42 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Cooper-Maserati 67 + 5 Laps 16  
15 28 Italy Giulio Cabianca Maserati 64 + 8 Laps 21  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Aston Martin 44 Engine 17  
Ret 8 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 22 Engine 9  
Ret 22 United Kingdom Jack Fairman Cooper-Maserati 18 Engine 12  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 14 Brakes 14  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 1 Clutch 10  
Ret 30 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ferrari 0 Clutch 2  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only the best 5 results counted towards each Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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