1962 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Circuit Aintree.svg
Date 21 July 1962
Official name XV RAC British Grand Prix
Location Aintree Motor Racing Circuit
Aintree, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 362.100 km (225.000 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 1:53.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax
Time 1:55.0 on lap 36
First Lotus-Climax
Second Lola-Climax
Third Cooper-Climax

The 1962 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Aintree on 21 July 1962. It was race 5 of 9 in both the 1962 World Championship of Drivers and the 1962 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. This was the last race at Aintree. From 1963 onwards, the race would be held at Silverstone. Scotsman Jim Clark dominated the race, driving a Lotus 25. It was considered a power track,[clarification needed] benefitting the light and powerful Lotus and Lola cars in particular. Ferrari were still sidelined due to the Italian metal workers' strike but managed to send one car for Phil Hill.[1]


It was not a particularly exciting race, with Clark leading from start to finish and fairly large gaps between the cars.[1] Out of the twentyone starters, six still had four-cylinder engines while the rest were multi-cylinder cars. These cars were in a sort of class of their own, with Jackie Lewis finishing best of the four-cylinder cars.[2] John Surtees' Lola started and finished in second place, in spite of having lost second gear on the tenth lap. Dan Gurney was hopeful after winning in France and at the non-championship Solitude race in the preceding two weeks. He began the race in third but had a slipping clutch and slid steadily down the field, ending in ninth position.[3] His teammate Jo Bonnier had to retire with a broken transmission. Bruce McLaren (Cooper) passed Gurney after twelve laps and finished in third.[3] Graham Hill pushed his BRM hard but had to settle for fourth, and was threatened by Jack Brabham in the closing stages. Brabham, however, had burns on his right foot since lap 40 and was in a lot of pain. He finished fifth, ahead of Tony Maggs' Cooper.[1] Brabham had hoped to start in his own car after his mechanics had worked days and nights, but at 3 am the morning before the race it was discovered that they had been supplied with the wrong exhaust system. The Brabham BT3 had to wait until Nürburgring two weeks later to make its first appearance.[4]

Innes Ireland had perhaps the day's biggest disappointment. After having qualified his Climax-engined UDT/Laystall Lotus 24 on the first row, the gear shifter bent on his first lap, leaving him with only three gears. He had to pit immediately after start and finished last, after having spent several laps repairing the car.[1] Trevor Taylor was anxious to have a good race after several recent collisions and started well. Soon, however, he had to pit with a loose carburettor, and only managed an eighth place in his Lotus 24. Phil Hill's Ferrari, meanwhile, was totally outclassed by the British cars in spite of its new six-speed gearbox. He never ran higher than tenth and had to retire with ignition troubles.[1]


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 75 2:26:20.8 1 9
2 24 United Kingdom John Surtees Lola-Climax 75 + 49.2 2 6
3 16 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 75 + 1:44.8 4 4
4 12 United Kingdom Graham Hill BRM 75 + 1:56.8 5 3
5 30 Australia Jack Brabham Lotus-Climax 74 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 18 South Africa Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax 74 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 34 United States Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 74 + 1 Lap 14  
8 22 United Kingdom Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 74 + 1 Lap 10  
9 8 United States Dan Gurney Porsche 73 + 2 Laps 6  
10 42 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 72 + 3 Laps 15  
11 40 United States Tony Settember Emeryson-Climax 71 + 4 Laps 19  
12 36 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax 71 + 4 laps 16  
13 14 United States Richie Ginther BRM 70 + 5 Laps 8  
14 54 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 69 + 6 Laps 17  
15 46 United States Jay Chamberlain Lotus-Climax 64 + 11 Laps 20  
16 32 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 61 + 14 Laps 3  
Ret 2 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 47 engine 12  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax 35 battery 11  
Ret 10 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche 27 differential 7  
Ret 44 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-BRM 11 Brakes 21  
Ret 48 New Zealand Tony Shelly Lotus-Climax 6 Engine 18  
DNS 48 United Kingdom Keith Greene Lotus-Climax Practice only - Shelly's car
WD 28 France Maurice Trintignant Lotus-Climax Car damaged
WD 38 United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones Emeryson-Climax Driver unfit
WD 50 United Kingdom Keith Greene Gilby-BRM Car not ready
WD 52 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM Insufficient starting money
  • Scuderia Ferrari withdrew their other two entries, cars #4 and #6, to which drivers had not been allocated.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ a b c d e Blunsden, John (September 1962). "Brittiska Grand Prix - tråkigt på Aintree!" [British Grand Prix: boring at Aintree!]. Illustrerad Motor Sport (in Swedish). No. 9. Lerum, Sweden. p. 19. 
  2. ^ Blunsden, p. 32
  3. ^ a b Blunsden, p. 18
  4. ^ Blunsden, p. 33
  5. ^ "1962 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 

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