1961 Monaco Grand Prix

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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.

Report

Qualifying

The erratic yearly variations in Monaco's qualifying regulations saw grid places guaranteed for works teams and past winners in 1961.<ref name="LangVol1P180">Template:Cite book</ref> 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.

Race

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 at almost the same time.Template:Clarify 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.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 Template:Flagicon Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 100 2:45:50.1 1 9
2 36 Template:Flagicon Richie Ginther Ferrari 100 +3.6 secs 2 6
3 38 Template:Flagicon Phil Hill Ferrari 100 +41.3 secs 5 4
4 40 Template:Flagicon Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 98 Accident 6 3
5 4 Template:Flagicon Dan Gurney Porsche 98 +2 Laps 10 2
6 26 Template:Flagicon Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 95 +5 Laps 7 1
7 42 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 95 +5 Laps 15
8 32 Template:Flagicon Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 93 +7 Laps 14
9 6 Template:Flagicon Hans Herrmann Porsche 91 +9 Laps 12
10 28 Template:Flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 89 +11 Laps 3
11 22 Template:Flagicon John Surtees Cooper-Climax 68 Engine 11
12 2 Template:Flagicon Jo Bonnier Porsche 59 Injection 9
13 16 Template:Flagicon Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 54 Engine 8
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Michael May Lotus-Climax 42 Oil Pipe 13
Ret 24 Template:Flagicon Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 38 Ignition 16
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Graham Hill BRM-Climax 11 Fuel Pump 4
DNS 30 Template:Flagicon Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax Injury in Practice
DNQ 34 Template:Flagicon Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax
DNQ 14 Template:Flagicon Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax
DNQ 10 Template:Flagicon Lucien Bianchi Emeryson-Maserati
DNQ 12 Template:Flagicon Olivier Gendebien Emeryson-Maserati

Notes

  • Pole position: Stirling Moss - 1:39.1
  • Fastest Lap: Richie Ginther and Stirling Moss – 1:36.3
  • 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

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Stirling Moss 9
2 Template:Flagicon Richie Ginther 6
3 Template:Flagicon Phil Hill 4
4 Template:Flagicon Wolfgang von Trips 3
5 Template:Flagicon Dan Gurney 2

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Lotus-Climax 8
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 6
3 Template:Flagicon Porsche 2
4 Template:Flagicon Cooper-Climax 1

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

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References

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