1958 Monaco Grand Prix

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Lotus 12, chassis no 353, (pictured above in 2010) was driven by Graham Hill in his Grand Prix debut at Monaco in 1958

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 May 1958 at Monaco. It was the second round of the 1958 Formula One season. The race was the 16th Monaco Grand Prix and was held over 100 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 314 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Maurice Trintignant in the second and final Grand Prix victory of his long career. The win was the second consecutive victory for the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team. Trintignant took the teams newly acquired Cooper T45 to a twenty second victory over Italian driver Luigi Musso driving a Ferrari Dino 246 with Musso's British teammate Peter Collins (Ferrari Dino 246) was third.

Trintignant's win put doubt in the superiority of front-engined cars. Musso's second place put him into a four-point championship lead over Moss and Trintignant.

Race report

Vanwall and BRM returned after their Argentine absence and so Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Harry Schell all went back to their regular drives. In Moss' place at the Rob Walker Racing Team with the new 2000 cc engined Cooper T45 was French driver Maurice Trintignant. The race winning Cooper T43 could not even qualify for the small 16-car Monaco grid, Ron Flockhart was first reserve for the race.

Missing from the field was the previous year's winner and reinging World Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio who surprisingly did not have a full-season drive. Fangio himself was in America, preparing for an ultimately disappointing Indianapolis 500 campaign with the Novi team. Future Formula One emprisario Bernie Ecclestone entered a Connaught B-Type in his first appearance but he failed to qualify, as did two substitute drivers. Also failing to make the grid was 58-year-old Louis Chiron in his final appearance at a Grand Prix. The Monaco local had won the Grand Prix 27 years earlier but Chiron and his Maserati 250F did not make it past qualifying.

Tony Brooks took pole position in his Vanwall VW 5 but Behra won the start. He led until his brakes failed in his BRM P25, and Mike Hawthorn swept by in the Ferrari Dino 246. Moss (Vanwall VW 5) had been duelling with him throughout the race until he retired on lap 38, and Hawthorn followed suit on lap 47 with a broken fuel pump. Graham Hill (Lotus 12) retired from fourth place in his first race on lap 69, after briefly leading. Vanwall pair Brooks and Stuart Lewis-Evans retired, leaving Trintignant to lead home the Ferraris by some 20 seconds giving Rob Walker his second race win of the year. Behind the Ferraris of Luigi Musso and Peter Collins was Jack Brabham in the factory Cooper T45,

although three laps down and still looking a long way from becoming the next years champion. Schell in his BRM P25 was a further six laps behind Brabham picking up the final points after Wolfgang von Trips had an engine failure in the closing stages in his Ferrari Dino 246. The only other car still circulating was the second Lotus 12 of Cliff Allison, 13 laps behind Trintignant.

Trintignant's win put to the sword the belief that rear-engined Cooper victory achieved by Stirling Moss in Argentina was a one-off freak circumstance win and the smaller British cars would be treated more seriously, although ultimately a Cooper would not win again until 1959. The Rob Walker Racing Teams pair of early 1958 victories would remain the best ever performance by a privateer team until the rise of Tyrrell Racing in the late 1960s.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 100 2:52:27.9 5 8
2 34 Template:Flagicon Luigi Musso Ferrari 100 +20.2 secs 10 6
3 36 Template:Flagicon Peter Collins Ferrari 100 +38.8 secs 9 4
4 16 Template:Flagicon Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 97 +3 Laps 3 3
5 8 Template:Flagicon Harry Schell BRM 91 +9 Laps 12 2
6 24 Template:Flagicon Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 87 +13 Laps 13
Ret 40 Template:Flagicon Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 91 Engine 11
Ret 58 Template:Flagicon Jo Bonnier Maserati 71 Accident 16
Ret 26 Template:Flagicon Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 69 Halfshaft 15
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 56 Gearbox 4
Ret 38 Template:Flagicon Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 47 Fuel pump 6 1
Ret 28 Template:Flagicon Stirling Moss Vanwall 38 Engine 8
Ret 6 Template:Flagicon Jean Behra BRM 29 Brakes 2
Ret 46 Template:Flagicon Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 28 Engine 14
Ret 30 Template:Flagicon Tony Brooks Vanwall 22 Engine 1
Ret 32 Template:Flagicon Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 11 Overheating 7
DNQ 22 Template:Flagicon Ron Flockhart Cooper-Climax
DNQ 50 Template:Flagicon Ken Kavanagh Maserati
DNQ 48 Template:Flagicon Gerino Gerini Maserati
DNQ 12 Template:Flagicon Bruce Kessler Connaught-Alta
DNQ 14 Template:Flagicon Paul Emery Connaught-Alta
DNQ 44 Template:Flagicon Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati
DNQ 56 Template:Flagicon André Testut Maserati
DNQ 52 Template:Flagicon Giulio Cabianca Osca
DNQ 54 Template:Flagicon Luigi Piotti Osca
DNQ 42 Template:Flagicon Horace Gould Maserati
DNQ 10 Template:Flagicon Ron Flockhart BRM
DNQ 12 Template:Flagicon Bernie Ecclestone Connaught-Alta
DNQ 50 Template:Flagicon Luigi Taramazzo Maserati
DNQ 56 Template:Flagicon Louis Chiron Maserati
DNQ 4 Template:Flagicon Paco Godia Maserati

Championship standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
10px 1 1 Template:Flagicon Luigi Musso 12
10px 1 2 Template:Flagicon Stirling Moss 8
10px 8 3 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant 8
10px 1 4 Template:Flagicon Mike Hawthorn 5
10px 5 5 Template:Flagicon Peter Collins 4

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
10px 1 Template:Flagicon Cooper-Climax 16
10px 2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 12
10px 3 Template:Flagicon Maserati 3
10px 4 Template:Flagicon BRM 2

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

References

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