1959 Portuguese Grand Prix

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1959 Portuguese Grand Prix
Circuit Monsanto.png
Race details
Date 23 August 1959
Official name VIII Portuguese Grand Prix
Location Circuito de Monsanto
Lisbon, Portugal
Course Public road
Course length 5.440 km (3.380 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 337.28 km (209.56 mi)
Weather Hot and clear.
Pole position
Driver Cooper-Climax
Time 2:02.89
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax
Time 2:05.07
First Cooper-Climax
Second Cooper-Climax
Third Ferrari

The 1959 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monsanto on 23 August 1959. It was race 7 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 6 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the eighth Portuguese Grand Prix and the second to be held for the Formula One World Drivers' Championship. It was the third time the race was held at Monsanto and the first for Formula One. The race was held over 62 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 337 kilometres.

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss, his eleventh Grand Prix victory, driving a Cooper T51 for privateer race team Rob Walker Racing Team. Moss finished a lap ahead of American racer Masten Gregory driving a similar Cooper T51 for the factory Cooper Car Company team. American Scuderia Ferrari driver Dan Gurney finished third in his Ferrari Dino 246.

Race report[edit]

Wins in France and Germany had given Tony Brooks a healthy second place in the championship behind Jack Brabham. Stirling Moss improved on his poor championship position with a dominating drive, lapping the entire field except for second-placed Masten Gregory and third-placed Dan Gurney. Phil Hill and Graham Hill crashed into each other on lap 6, whilst Brabham had an enormous somersaulting crash from which he emerged unscathed. Gurney was the only Ferrari in the top eight with Maurice Trintignant and Harry Schell rounding off the top five.

With Brabham failing to finish and Brooks finishing a distant five laps down in ninth, Moss closed the gap to just 9½ points behind Brabham and 5½ points behind Brooks in the championship race.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 62 2:11:55.41 1 91
2 2 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 61 + 1 Lap 3 6
3 16 United States Dan Gurney Ferrari 61 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 5 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 60 + 2 Laps 4 3
5 6 United States Harry Schell BRM 59 + 3 Laps 9 2
6 10 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Aston Martin 59 + 3 Laps 12  
7 8 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart BRM 59 + 3 Laps 11  
8 9 United States Carroll Shelby Aston Martin 58 + 4 Laps 13  
9 14 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ferrari 57 + 5 Laps 10  
10 18 Portugal Mário de Araújo Cabral Cooper-Maserati 56 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 38 Transmission 8  
Ret 1 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 23 Collision 2  
Ret 7 Sweden Jo Bonnier BRM 10 Engine 5  
Ret 15 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 5 Accident 7  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 5 Accident 15  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 3 Gearbox 16  
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

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.


  1. ^ "1959 Portuguese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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