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1961 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Phil Hill won the Drivers' Championship with 34 points

The 1961 Formula One season was the 12th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which were contested concurrently from 14 May to 8 October over an eight race series. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Phil Hill of Ferrari won his only Driver's Championship after his teammate and rival Wolfgang von Trips was killed at the Italian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari won its first F1 manufacturers' title.

Season summaryEdit

The first year of the 1.5-litre formula was dominated by a well-prepared Ferrari team. Only Stirling Moss, in an outdated Lotus, was able to beat the Ferraris on two tracks where his skills offset the Ferrari power advantage. Giancarlo Baghetti in a privately entered Ferrari won the French Grand Prix on his championship debut, the only driver to have done so other than Nino Farina, winner of the first F1 World Championship race. Baghetti had also won his only two previous Formula One races, the non-championship events at Syracuse and Naples, but the French race was his only win in the World Championship. The contest for the championship between Ferrari's leading drivers, Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips, ended in tragedy when von Trips collided with Jim Clark at Monza, killing the Ferrari driver and 14 spectators. Hill went on to win the championship, the first American to do so. With the change of formula and the introduction of the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 was dropped from the championship.

The number of points awarded to a race winner was increased to nine for the World Championship of Drivers.

Besides von Trips, two other drivers died during this season: Briton Shane Summers during the non-championship Silver City Trophy event at Brands Hatch, and Italian Giulio Cabianca during a test at the Modena Autodrome.

Teams and driversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1961 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 787
718/2
Porsche 547/6 1.5 F4 D Sweden Jo Bonnier All
United States Dan Gurney All
Germany Hans Herrmann 1, 6
Germany Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Switzerland Michael May 1, 4, 6
Germany Wolfgang Seidel 3, 5–7
Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati 61 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D Belgium Olivier Gendebien 1
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 1
Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 3
Belgium Willy Mairesse 3
Emeryson-Climax 61 Belgium André Pilette 7
United States Camoradi International Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Masten Gregory 1–5
United Kingdom Ian Burgess 6
Lotus-Climax 18 2–5
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax P48/57 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tony Brooks All
United Kingdom Graham Hill All
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 18
18/21
21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Stirling Moss All
Ferguson-Climax P99 5
United Kingdom Jack Fairman 5
United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom John Surtees All
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 4–8
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T55
T58
Climax FPF 1.5 L4
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8
D Australia Jack Brabham All
New Zealand Bruce McLaren All
United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 21
18
18/21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Jim Clark All
United Kingdom Innes Ireland 1, 3–8
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 2
Belgium Willy Mairesse 4
United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 18
18/21
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Cliff Allison 1, 3
United Kingdom Henry Taylor 1, 3–5, 7
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 4–5
Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu 4
United States Masten Gregory 7–8
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D United States Richie Ginther 1–7
United States Phil Hill 1–7
Germany Wolfgang von Trips 1–7
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 3
Belgium Willy Mairesse 6
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez 7
Italy Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Maserati T51 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D France Maurice Trintignant 1, 3–4, 6–7
De Tomaso-OSCA F1 OSCA 372 1.5 L4 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 4
De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 Italy Nino Vaccarella 7
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 2–7
Germany Hans Herrmann 2
United Kingdom H&L Motors Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 3–7
United Kingdom Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tony Marsh 3, 5–6
Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati T53
T51
Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D Italy Lorenzo Bandini 3, 5–7
Italy Massimo Natili 5, 7
France Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D France Bernard Collomb 4, 6
United Kingdom Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tim Parnell 5, 7
United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore 5–7
United States Louise Bryden-Brown Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D South Africa Tony Maggs 5–6
United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Gilby-Climax 61 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Keith Greene 5
Italy Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus
Italy FISA
Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 4-5, 7
United Kingdom J.B. Naylor JBW-Climax 59 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Brian Naylor 7
United Kingdom Fred Tuck Cars Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Jack Fairman 7
Italy Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-OSCA F1 OSCA 372 1.5 L4 D Italy Roberto Lippi 7
Italy Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo F1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D Italy Roberto Bussinello 7
Italy Pescara Racing Team Cooper-Maserati T45 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D Italy Renato Pirocchi 7
Italy Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 18 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D Italy Gaetano Starrabba 7
United States Hap Sharp Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Hap Sharp 8
United States John M. Wyatt III Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Roger Penske 8
Canada J. Wheeler Autosport Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Canada Peter Ryan 8
United States Jim Hall Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Jim Hall 8
United States J. Frank Harrison Lotus-Climax 18 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Lloyd Ruby 8
United States Momo Corporation Cooper-Climax T53 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United States Walt Hansgen 8

Season reviewEdit

1961 saw the introduction of the 1.5-lire engine Formula and Ferrari were able to take advantage of the changes. Well prepared, the introduced the new 'sharknose' V6, equipped with a rear enginge. The car proved to be more than a match for the British 4-cylinder units.

American drivers Phil Hill and Ritchie Ginther were Ferrari's other main weapon. They were joined by the German ace Wolfgang 'Taffy' von Trips, but at the Monaco opener
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Moss on the way to victory at Monaco

they were kept in second, third and fourth places by Moss. In fifth position was former Ferrari and BRM driver Dan Gurney, driving the new Porsche on it's Championship debut. Moss's performance was one of his finest. He was hampered by both his outdated Climax engine and his old square-shaped Lotus. Yet his handling skill on the tricky Monaco circuit ensured that he made up for the pace limitations of the Lotus, taking the flag just 3.6 seconds ahead of Ginther.

The rest of the season became a battle between Ferrari rivals Hill and von Trips. At Zandvoort von Trips finished just nine-tenths of a scond ahead of Hill to give Germany its first Grand Prix winner for 22 year. He had led the race from first, with Hill fighting off Jim Clark in the Lotus. Clark took third, while Moss scraped home ahead of Ginther. The race took its place in history as one of only two Championship races in which every driver was to finish without incident. The other was the 2005 Italian Grand Prix.

Results and standingsEdit

Grands Prix Edit

The following eight races counted towards the World Championship of Drivers and the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 14 May United Kingdom Stirling Moss United States Richie Ginther
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report
2 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 22 May United States Phil Hill United Kingdom Jim Clark Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Ferrari D Report
3 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 18 June United States Phil Hill United States Richie Ginther United States Phil Hill Italy Ferrari D Report
4 France French Grand Prix Reims 2 July United States Phil Hill United States Phil Hill Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Italy Ferrari D Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Aintree 15 July United States Phil Hill United Kingdom Tony Brooks Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Ferrari D Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 6 August United States Phil Hill United States Phil Hill United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 10 September Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Giancarlo Baghetti United States Phil Hill Italy Ferrari D Report
8 United States United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 8 October Australia Jack Brabham Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Innes Ireland United Kingdom Lotus-Climax D Report

Non-championship Grands PrixEdit

Other Formula One races also held in 1961, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom II Lombank Trophy Snetterton 26 March Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom IX Glover Trophy Goodwood 3 April United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
France XXI Pau Grand Prix Pau 3 April United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Belgium III Brussels Grand Prix Heysel 9 April Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
Austria II Vienna Grand Prix Aspern Aerodrome 16 April United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom VI Aintree 200 Aintree 22 April Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
Italy XI Syracuse Grand Prix Syracuse 25 April Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Italy Ferrari Report
Italy XIX Naples Grand Prix Posillipo 14 May Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom IX London Trophy Crystal Palace 23 May United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom VI Silver City Trophy Brands Hatch 3 June United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Germany Solitude Grand Prix Solitudering 23 July United Kingdom Innes Ireland United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Sweden VII Kanonloppet Karlskoga 20 August United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Denmark II Danish Grand Prix Roskildering 26–27 August United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Italy XV Modena Grand Prix Modena 3 September United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
Austria III Flugplatzrennen Zeltweg Airfield 17 September United Kingdom Innes Ireland United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
United Kingdom VIII Gold Cup Oulton Park 23 September United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Ferguson-Climax Report
United Kingdom V Lewis-Evans Trophy Brands Hatch 1 October United Kingdom Tony Marsh United Kingdom BRM-Climax Report
Italy I Coppa Italia Vallelunga 12 October Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Template:Country data FRG Porsche Report
South Africa V Rand Grand Prix Kyalami 9 December United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
South Africa I Natal Grand Prix Westmead 17 December United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report
South Africa VIII South African Grand Prix East London 26 December United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Report

1961 Drivers' Championship final standings Edit

Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.
1 United States Phil Hill* 3 2 1 9 2 (3) 1 34 (38)
2 Germany Wolfgang von Trips 4 1 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 33
3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1 4 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 21
4 United States Dan Gurney 5 10 6 2 7 7 2 2 21
5 United States Richie Ginther 2 5 3 15 3 8 Ret 16
6 United Kingdom Innes Ireland DNS Ret 4 10 Ret Ret 1 12
7 United Kingdom Jim Clark 10 3 12 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 11
8 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 6 12 Ret 5 8 6 3 4 11
9 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 1 Ret Ret 9
10 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 13 9 13 Ret 9 Ret 5 3 6
11 Australia Jack Brabham Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 4
12 United Kingdom John Surtees 11 7 5 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 4
13 United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 9 Ret Ret 9 4 3
14 Belgium Olivier Gendebien DNQ 4 11 3
15 Sweden Joakim Bonnier 12 11 7 7 5 Ret Ret 6 3
16 United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 3
17 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 8 6 10 6 Ret 2
France Maurice Trintignant 7 Ret 13 Ret 9 0
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 14 11 Ret 16 14 7 0
Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ret 12 Ret 8 0
United Kingdom Cliff Allison 8 DNS 0
United States Roger Penske 8 0
Germany Hans Herrmann 9 15 13 0
Canada Peter Ryan 9 0
United States Masten Gregory DNQ DNS 10 12 11 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Henry Taylor DNQ DNS 10 Ret 11 0
United Kingdom Tim Parnell Ret 10 0
United States Hap Sharp 10 0
South Africa Tony Maggs 13 11 0
Switzerland Michael May Ret 11 DNS 0
United Kingdom Ian Burgess DNS DNS 14 14 12 0
Italy Renato Pirocchi 12 0
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 13 0
United Kingdom Tony Marsh DNS Ret 15 0
United Kingdom Keith Greene 15 0
United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore Ret 16 Ret 0
Germany Wolfgang Seidel DNS 17 Ret Ret 0
France Bernard Collomb Ret NC 0
Belgium Lucien Bianchi DNQ Ret Ret Ret 0
Belgium Willy Mairesse Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jack Fairman DSQ Ret 0
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Ret 0
Italy Massimo Natili Ret 0
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez Ret 0
Italy Gaetano Starrabba Ret 0
Italy Nino Vaccarella Ret 0
Italy Roberto Bussinello Ret 0
United Kingdom Brian Naylor Ret 0
Italy Roberto Lippi Ret 0
United States Jim Hall Ret 0
United States Lloyd Ruby Ret 0
United States Walt Hansgen Ret 0
Belgium André Pilette DNQ 0
Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
  • * Hill's 3rd place finish (4 points) at Nürburgring was excluded from the final standings because only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship this year. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points actually scored.
  • Italics indicate fastest lap
  • Bold indicates pole position

1961 Constructors' Championship final standingsEdit

Points were awarded on an 8-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers at each race. However a manufacturer only received points for its highest placed car and only the best five results from the eight races were retained.

Pos. Manufacturer MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts
1 Italy Ferrari (2) 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 WD 40 (52)
2 United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 1 3 8 3 10 1 10 1 32
3 Germany Porsche 5 10 (6) 2 5 7 2 2 22 (23)
4 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax (6) (6) 5 5 4 (5) 3 4 14 (18)
5 United Kingdom BRM-Climax 13 8 13 6 9 Ret 5 3 7
United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati 7 Ret 13 12 Ret 8 0
United Kingdom Gilby-Climax 15 0
United Kingdom Ferguson-Climax DSQ 0
Italy De Tomaso-OSCA Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Lotus-Maserati Ret 0
Italy De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo WD Ret 0
United Kingdom JBW-Climax WD Ret 0
United Kingdom Emeryson-Maserati DNQ WD DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • Bold results counted to Championship totals.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Formula_One_season
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/1961.aspx

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