1961 Italian Grand Prix

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1961 Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale Monza 10km.svg
Race details
Date10 September 1961
Official name XXXII Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Distance 43 laps, 430.000 km (267.190 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 2:46.3
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari
Time 2:48.4 on lap 2
Podium
FirstFerrari
Second Porsche
Third Cooper-Climax
Lap leaders
  • 1961 Italian Grand Prix

The 1961 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 September 1961 at Monza. It was race 7 of 8 in both the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers.

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The race was marked by one of the most terrible accidents in the history of Formula One, when on the end of lap 2 at the approach to the Parabolica German driver Wolfgang von Trips lost control of his Ferrari and crashed into a fence line of spectators, killing 15 and himself. [1] [2] The race was not stopped, allegedly to avoid the audience going home en masse jamming the roads around the stadium and thus impeding the rescue work for the injured. This was also the last Formula One race ever to be held on the full 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) Monza circuit, with the two banked corners and the straight between the bankings included.

The race was won by von Trips's American teammate Phil Hill, who – since von Trips was the only one who could challenge him – thus won the World Championship with one race to go. Hill's Monza win also assured Ferrari of the Constructors' Championship for 1961. [3]

Background

Before the running of the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, four drivers were mathematically in contention for the year's Drivers' Championship: Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill, Stirling Moss, and Richie Ginther. Realistically, however, the championship had come down to two Ferrari drivers, von Trips and Hill.

In the Constructors' Championship, two teams were mathematically in contention: Ferrari, and Lotus-Climax. In order for Lotus to overtake Ferrari at this point, one of their drivers had to win both this race and the final race of the season, the 1961 United States Grand Prix.

Qualifying

37 cars attempted to qualify for the Italian Grand Prix, and 32 had sufficiently fast times to make it to the race grid. Similar to the 107% rule of today, a rule was in place for the 1961 season enforcing a 115% cutoff against the time of the second fastest driver.

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorQ1Q2Gap
14 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 2:50.32:46.3
28 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Ricardo Rodríguez Ferrari 2:49.62:46.4+0.1
36 Flag of the United States.svg Richie Ginther Ferrari 2:46.82:47.1+0.5
42 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill Ferrari 2:48.92:47.2+0.9
524 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Hill BRM-Climax 2:55.02:48.7+2.4
632 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 2:53.42:49.0+2.7
736 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 2:52.42:49.2+2.9
844 Flag of Sweden.svg Jo Bonnier Porsche 2:53.62:49.6+3.3
938 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 2:56.72:50.3+4.0
1010 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 2:55.12:51.6+5.3
1128 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 2:51.82:57.5+5.5
1246 Flag of the United States.svg Dan Gurney Porsche 2:53.42:52.0+5.7
1326 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 2:58.82:52.2+5.9
1412 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 2:59.82:53.4+7.1
1574 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 2:57.92:53.8+7.5
1660 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax No time2:54.0+7.7
1722 Flag of the United States.svg Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 3:01.42:55.2+8.9
1840 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 3:02.02:55.2+8.9
1942 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees Cooper-Climax 2:59.32:55.6+9.3
2050 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 3:03.72:56.0+9.7
2162 Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 2:57.72:58.2+11.4
2248 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 3:03.92:58.7+12.4
2320 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 3:03.83:00.6+14.3
2454 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 3:09.83:01.7+15.4
2518 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax No time3:03.0+16.7
2630 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Fairman Cooper-Climax 3:06.73:04.8+18.5
2716 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 3:15.43:05.7+19.4
2856 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax No time3:06.0+19.7
2958 Flag of Italy.svg Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 3:18.33:06.5+20.2
3072 Flag of Italy.svg Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati No time3:07.9+21.6
3114 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Naylor JBW-Climax 3:13.03:08.1+21.8
3252 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-Osca 3:27.73:08.9+22.6
3368 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg André Pilette Emeryson-Climax 3:19.43:11.6+25.3
Source: [1]

115% cutoff time against Ricardo Rodríguez (2:46.4): 3:11.36

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
12 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill Ferrari 432:03:13.049
246 Flag of the United States.svg Dan Gurney Porsche 43+31.2 secs126
312 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 43+2:28.4144
460 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 43+2:40.4163
526 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 43+2:40.5132
640 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 42+1 Lap181
774 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 41+2 Laps15
862 Flag of Italy.svg Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 41+2 Laps21
948 Flag of France.svg Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 41+2 Laps22
1016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 40+3 Laps27
1120 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 39+4 Laps23
1258 Flag of Italy.svg Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 38+5 Laps29
Ret28 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 36Wheel bearing11
Ret6 Flag of the United States.svg Richie Ginther Ferrari 23Engine3
Ret72 Flag of Italy.svg Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 19Engine30
Ret44 Flag of Sweden.svg Jo Bonnier Porsche 14Suspension8
Ret8 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Ricardo Rodríguez Ferrari 13Fuel system2
Ret32 Flag of Italy.svg Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari 13Engine6
Ret50 Flag of Italy.svg Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 13Engine20
Ret22 Flag of the United States.svg Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 11Suspension17
Ret24 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Hill BRM-Climax 10Engine5
Ret10 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 8Overheating10
Ret14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Naylor JBW-Climax 6Engine31
Ret38 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 5Chassis9
Ret30 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Fairman Cooper-Climax 5Engine26
Ret42 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees Cooper-Climax 2Accident19
Ret4 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 1Fatal collision1
Ret36 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 1Collision7
Ret54 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1Engine24
Ret56 Flag of Germany.svg Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 1Engine28
Ret52 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-Osca 1Engine32
Ret18 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 0Accident25
DNQ68 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg André Pilette Emeryson-Climax Too slow
DNS46 Flag of Germany.svg Edgar Barth Porsche Practice only - experimental car
WD58 Flag of Italy.svg Massimo Natili Cooper-Maserati Pirocchi drove car
DNA34 Flag of Italy.svg Alfonso Thiele Cooper-Climax Support race
DNA64 Flag of Italy.svg Ernesto Prinoth Lotus-Climax On route to the Flugplatzrennen
DNA66 Flag of Italy.svg Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax Racing at Vallelunga
DNA70 Flag of Switzerland.svg Michael May Lotus-Climax Retired from racing
Source: [4]

Championship standings after the race

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