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The 1956 Formula One season featured the seventh FIA World Championship of Drivers as well as numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars. The championship series commenced on January 22, 1956 and ended on September 2 after eight races. Juan Manuel Fangio won his third consecutive title, the fourth of his career.

Season summary

Fangio joined Ferrari after Mercedes-Benz, with whom he had won the 1954 title, withdrew from the sport. Ferrari acquired the folded Lancia team's D50 cars and put together a strong team containing Fangio, Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Peter Collins. Fangio won the opening race after commandeering Musso's car after his own car had broken down. Collins and Fangio's team-mate at Mercedes, Stirling Moss - now driving for Maseratimarker provided the biggest challenge to his title defence, each winning two races. In an open season the British Connaughts, Vanwalls and BRMs also showed some signs of promise.

Going into the final race of the season, Fangio had an eight-point lead over Collins and the consistent Jean Behra, driving for Maserati. The only way he could lose the title would be to not finish and have either Collins or Behra win, with a fastest lap. Fangio and Behra both retired, and with Musso unwilling to share his car with Fangio, Collins had a great chance of winning his first title. Collins, in a remarkable act of sportsmanship, instead chose to hand his car over to Fangio to allow the Argentine to finish second in the race and win his third title in a row.

Points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for fastest lap. Only the best five scores counted towards the world championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps.

Season review

Round Race Date Location Winning driver(s) Constructor Report
1 Argentine Grand Prix January 22 Oscar Gálvezmarker Luigi Musso / Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
2 Monaco Grand Prix May 13 Monacomarker Stirling Moss Maseratimarker Report
3 Indianapolis 500marker May 30 Indianapolismarker Pat Flaherty Watson-Offenhauser Report
4 Belgian Grand Prixmarker June 3 Spa-Francorchampsmarker Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
5 French Grand Prixmarker July 1 Reimsmarker Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
6 British Grand Prixmarker July 14 Silverstonemarker Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
7 German Grand Prixmarker August 5 Nürburgringmarker Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
8 Italian Grand Prixmarker September 2 Monzamarker Stirling Moss Maseratimarker Report


1956 Drivers Championship final standings

Championship points were awarded at each round on an 8-6-4-3-2 basis to the first five finishers with an additional point awarded to the driver setting the fastest lap of the race. Only the best five round results were counted.

Pos. Driver ARG

MON

500

BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

Pts.
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 1*† / Ret 2*† / 4† Ret 4* 1 1* 2† / 8† 30 (33)
2 Stirling Moss Ret 1 3*† / Ret 5† / Ret Ret* 2 1* 27 (28)
3 Peter Collins Ret 2† 1 1 2† / Ret Ret† / Ret 2† 25
4 Jean Behra 2 3 7 3 3 3 Ret† / Ret 22
5 Pat Flaherty 1 8
6 Eugenio Castellotti Ret 4† / Ret Ret 2 10† Ret† / Ret 8† / Ret 7.5
7 Sam Hanks 2 6
8 Paul Frère 2 6
9 Paco Godia Ret 7 8 4 4 6
10 Jack Fairman 4 5 5
11 Luigi Musso 1† Ret Ret† Ret 4
12 Mike Hawthorn 3 10† Ret 4
13 Ron Flockhart Ret 3 4
14 Don Freeland 3 4
15 Alfonso de Portago Ret 2† / 10† Ret† Ret 3
16 Cesare Perdisa 7 3† 5† 7 Ret 3
17 Harry Schell Ret 4 10† / Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
18 Johnnie Parsons 4 3
19 Louis Rosier Ret 8 6 Ret 5 2
20 Luigi Villoresi 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret† 2
21 Hernando da Silva Ramos 5 8 Ret Ret 2
22 Horace Gould 8 Ret 5 Ret 2
23 Olivier Gendebien 5 Ret 2
24 Dick Rathmann 5 2
25 Gerino Gerini 4† 10 1.5
26 Chico Landi 4† 1.5
27 Paul Russo Ret* 1
28 André Pilette 6† 6 11 Ret 0
29 Luigi Piotti Ret 6 0
30 Bob Sweikert 6 0
31 Oscar Gonzalez 6† 0
32 Alberto Uria 6† 0
33 Élie Bayol 6† 0
34 Bob Veith 7 0
35 Toulo de Graffenried 7 0
36 Rodger Ward 8 0
37 Robert Manzon Ret 9 9 Ret Ret 0
38 André Simon Ret 9 0
39 Jimmy Reece 9 0
40 Cliff Griffith 10 0
41 Roy Salvadori Ret Ret 11 0
42 Gene Hartley 11 0
43 Bob Gerard 11 0
44 Fred Agabashian 12 0
45 Bob Christie 13 0
46 Al Keller 14 0
47 Eddie Johnson 15 0
48 Billy Garrett 16 0
49 Duke Dinsmore 17 0
50 Pat O'Connor 18 0
51 Jimmy Bryan 19 0
Ottorino Volonterio NC 0
Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Umberto Maglioli Ret Ret Ret† 0
Bruce Halford Ret DSQ Ret 0
José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
Piero Taruffi Ret Ret 0
Giorgio Scarlatti DNQ Ret 0
Carlos Menditeguy Ret 0
Jim Rathmann Ret 0
Johnnie Tolan Ret 0
Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
Jimmy Daywalt Ret 0
Jack Turner Ret 0
Keith Andrews Ret 0
Andy Linden Ret 0
Al Herman Ret 0
Ray Crawford Ret 0
Johnny Boyd Ret 0
Troy Ruttman Ret 0
Johnny Thomson Ret 0
Piero Scotti Ret 0
Desmond Titterington Ret 0
Tony Brooks Ret 0
Archie Scott-Brown Ret 0
Paul Emery Ret 0
Jack Brabham Ret 0
Andre Milhoux Ret 0
Les Leston Ret 0
Ed Elisian Ret† 0
Eddie Russo Ret† 0
Joakim Bonnier Ret† 0
Colin Chapman DNS 0
Pos. Driver ARG

MON

500

BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

Pts.


  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races also held in 1956, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
X Gran Premio Ciudad de Buenos Aires Mendozamarker February 5 Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
IV Glover Trophy Goodwoodmarker April 2 Stirling Moss Maseratimarker Report
VI Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracusemarker April 15 Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
XI BARC Aintree 200 Aintreemarker April 21 Stirling Moss Maseratimarker Report
VII BRDC International Trophy Silverstonemarker May 5 Stirling Moss Vanwall Report
IX Gran Premio di Napoli Posillipomarker May 6 Robert Manzon Gordini Report
I Aintree 100 Aintreemarker June 24 Horace Gould Maseratimarker Report
I Vanwall Trophy Snettertonmarker July 22 Roy Salvadori Maseratimarker Report
IV Grand Prix de Caen Caenmarker August 26 Harry Schell Maseratimarker Report
II Sussex Trophy Goodwood September 8 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax Report
I BRSCC Formula 1 Race Brands Hatchmarker October 14 Archie Scott Brown Connaught-Alta Report


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