1960 Belgian Grand Prix
|1960 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Date||19 June 1960|
|Official name||XXI GROTE PRIJS VAN BELGIE|
|Location||Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium|
|Course||Grand Prix Circuit|
|Course length||14.12 km (8.774 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps, 508.32 km (315.864 mi)|
Jack Brabham |
The 1960 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 19 June 1960. It was race 5 of 10 in the 1960 World Championship of Drivers and race 4 of 9 in the 1960 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It is remembered as one of Formula One's darkest days due to the deaths of Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey and the serious accidents of Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor.
Practice and race
Practice for the event saw Stirling Moss and Mike Taylor injured in separate accidents; Taylor suffering injuries which would end his racing career, and Moss injured seriously enough to keep him out of racing for a number of months. In the race, Chris Bristow, driving a year-old Cooper for the British Racing Partnership, got off line at Malmedy, crashed into a four feet high embankment, and was hurled into some barbed wire which beheaded him, killing him instantly. Five laps later, Alan Stacey was hit in the face by a bird at Masta and crashed fatally. It would be the darkest weekend for the sport until the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
The race distance had been lengthened to 36 laps from 24 laps. The results highlight an unusual quirk in the rules regarding classification of non-finishers. Under modern rules, Graham Hill would have been classified third, since he completed lap 35 before the lapped Olivier Gendebien. Hill then retired, in the pits, but was not classified since he did not push his car over the line after the winner took the finish (as required by the rules of the time). In fact the rule about crossing the finishing line was inconsistently applied – at the 1959 German Grand Prix, Harry Schell was classified seventh despite only completing 49 of the race's 60 laps.
|2||4||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||36||+ 1:03.3||14||6|
|3||34||Olivier Gendebien||Cooper-Climax||35||+ 1 Lap||5||4|
|4||24||Phil Hill||Ferrari||35||+ 1 Lap||4||3|
|5||18||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||34||+ 2 Laps||10||2|
|6||32||Lucien Bianchi||Cooper-Climax||28||+ 8 Laps||15||1|
|Ret||16||Alan Stacey||Lotus-Climax||24||Fatal accident||17|
|Ret||26||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari||22||Transmission||11|
|Ret||36||Chris Bristow||Cooper-Climax||19||Fatal accident||9|
|Ret||14||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax||13||Spun off||8|
Championship standings after the race
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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