1961 Belgian Grand Prix
|Race 3 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season|
|Date||June 18, 1961|
|Official name||XXI Grote Prijs van Belgie|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
|Course||Street circuit/Racing facility|
|Course length||14.1 km (8.761 mi)|
|Distance||30 laps, 423.0 km (262.8 mi)|
|Time||3.59.8 on lap 20|
The organizers of the race invited 25 entries, but were only going to pay starting money to 19: sixteen pre-selected cars plus the 3 fastest of the remaining 9. Three of the cars without starting money decided not to race after practicing. A fourth entry was a single car for Cliff Allison and Henry Taylor. The team decided to let the fastest driver in practice compete, but Allison wrecked the car on his first practice lap. The Emeryson cars of Bianchi and Mairesse were also damaged beyond repair in practice, but they competed by using the older Lotus 18s of Marsh and Seidel, who had decided not to race. The race was completely dominated by the Ferrari team, with the four works drivers finishing 1-2-3-4. While Graham Hill made an amazing start to the lead from the third row, he could not hold off the Italian cars and all had passed him by the end of the first lap. There was some excitement for fifth place, with Graham Hill and Surtees passing each other for the position until Hill had to retire with an oil leak on the 24th lap.
|2||2||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari||30||+0.7 secs||2||6|
|3||6||Richie Ginther||Ferrari||30||+19.5 secs||5||4|
|4||8||Olivier Gendebien||Ferrari||30||+45.6 secs||3||3|
|9||40||Jackie Lewis||Cooper-Climax||29||+1 Lap||13|
|10||44||Masten Gregory||Cooper-Climax||29||+1 Lap||12|
|11||22||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||28||+2 Laps||14|
|12||34||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||24||+6 Laps||16|
|13||38||Tony Brooks||BRM-Climax||24||+6 Laps||7|
|Ret||46||Lorenzo Bandini||Cooper-Maserati||20||Wheel Bearing||17|
|Ret||12||Lucien Bianchi||Lotus-Climax||9||Oil Leak||23|
|DNS||42||Tony Marsh||Lotus-Climax||Start Money Dispute|
|DNS||48||Wolfgang Seidel||Lotus-Climax||Start Money Dispute|
|DNS||50||Ian Burgess||Lotus-Climax||Start Money Dispute|
|DNS||16||Cliff Allison||Lotus-Climax||Car Damaged in Practice|
|DNS||16||Henry Taylor||Lotus-Climax||Car Damaged by Allison|
- Lap Leaders: Phil Hill 20 laps (1, 3-5, 8, 11-13, 15, 17-18, 21-23, 25-30); Olivier Gendebien 3 laps (2, 6-7); Wolfgang von Trips 7 laps (9-10, 14, 16, 19-20, 24).
- Final race entry by Cliff Allison after crash during practice in which he broke both knees and fractured his pelvis.
- Of the 4 works Ferraris, 3 were painted red and one was painted yellow (Gendebien's, because he was Belgian and it was a one-off drive).
Championship standings after the race
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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