1961 Monaco Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 8 in the 1961 Formula One season|
|Date||14 May 1961|
|Official name||XIX Grand Prix de Monaco|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo/La Condamine, Monaco
|Course length||3.145 km (1.954 mi)|
|Distance||100 laps, 314.5 km (195.4 mi)|
|Drivers||Richie Ginther (lap 84)||Ferrari|
|Stirling Moss (lap 85)||Lotus-Climax|
The 1961 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 14 May 1961 on the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was the first round of the 1961 World Championship of Drivers, and the first World Championship race under the new 1.5 litre engine regulations.
The erratic yearly variations in Monaco's qualifying regulations saw grid places guaranteed for works teams and past winners in 1961. Therefore the five works teams were awarded two places each on the grid, while Stirling Moss and Maurice Trintignant earned spots. This left nine drivers to fight over four remaining slots. A fifth opened up when Innes Ireland crashed during the final practice session, breaking his leg. Moss took pole position from Richie Ginther and Jim Clark, with Graham Hill and Phil Hill on the second row.
Ginther led Clark and Moss into the first corner but Clark quickly ran into trouble with a faulty fuel pump. Ginther dropped to third on lap 14, when Moss and Bonnier passed him in quick succession. At quarter distance, Moss had an impressive 10 second lead (in the underpowered Lotus 18-Climax) but the Ferraris of Hill and then Ginther found their way around Bonnier and began to close the gap. At half distance, Moss' lead was 8 seconds, and down to 3 seconds on lap 60. Ginther moved into second on lap 75 and tried to close the gap, but Moss proved able to match his lap times, despite the 156's horsepower advantage.
|2||36||Richie Ginther||Ferrari||100||+3.6 secs||2||6|
|3||38||Phil Hill||Ferrari||100||+41.3 secs||5||4|
|4||40||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari||98||Accident||6||3|
|5||4||Dan Gurney||Porsche||98||+2 Laps||10||2|
|6||26||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||95||+5 Laps||7||1|
|7||42||Maurice Trintignant||Cooper-Maserati||95||+5 Laps||15|
|8||32||Cliff Allison||Lotus-Climax||93||+7 Laps||14|
|9||6||Hans Herrmann||Porsche||91||+9 Laps||12|
|10||28||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax||89||+11 Laps||3|
|Ret||8||Michael May||Lotus-Climax||42||Oil Pipe||13|
|Ret||18||Graham Hill||BRM-Climax||11||Fuel Pump||4|
|DNS||30||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax||Injury in Practice|
- Lap Leaders: Richie Ginther 13 laps (1-13); Stirling Moss 87 laps (14-100).
- Stirling Moss had removed the side panels of his near obsolete Lotus 18 to keep him cool
Championship standings after the race
- Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Grand Prix Results, Monaco GP, 1961". grandprix.com. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 180. ISBN 0-85429-276-4.
- Kettlewell, Mike. "Monaco: Road Racing on the Riviera", in Northey, Tom, editor. World of Automobiles (London: Orbis, 1974), Volume 12, p.1384.
- Kettlewell, p.1384.
- "1961 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
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