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The 1961 Formula One season included the 12th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on May 14, 1961, and ended on October 8 after eight races.Phil Hill of Ferrari won his only Driver's Championship, his teammate and rival Wolfgang von Trips was killed at the Italian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari won their first Constructor's Championship.

Season summary

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 Only Stirling Moss, in an outdated Lotus, was able to beat the Ferraris on two tracks where his skills offset the Ferrari power advantage. Ferrari driver Giancarlo Baghetti 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.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Monaco Grand Prix May 14 Monacomarker Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
2 Dutch Grand Prix May 22 Zandvoortmarker Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Report
3 Belgian Grand Prixmarker June 18 Spa-Francorchampsmarker Phil Hill Ferrari Report
4 French Grand Prixmarker July 2 Reimsmarker Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Report
5 British Grand Prixmarker July 15 Aintreemarker Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Report
6 German Grand Prixmarker August 6 Nürburgringmarker Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
7 Italian Grand Prixmarker September 10 Monzamarker Phil Hill Ferrari Report
8 United States Grand Prix October 8 Watkins Glenmarker Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax Report


1961 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Points
1 Ferrari 45 (52)
2 Lotus-Climax 35
3 Porsche 22 (23)
4 Cooper-Climax 14 (18)
5 BRM-Climax 7
6 Ferguson-Climax 0
7 Lotus-Maseratimarker 0
8 Emeryson-Maseratimarker 0
9 De Tomaso-Osca 0
10 De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 0
11 Cooper-Maseratimarker 0
12 Gilby-Climax 0
13 JBW-Climax 0


1961 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver MON

NED

BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

USA

Pts.
1 Phil Hill 3 2 1 9 2 3 1 34 (38)
2 Wolfgang von Trips 4 1 2 Ret 1 2 Ret 33
3 Stirling Moss 1 4 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 21
4 Dan Gurney 5 10 6 2 7 7 2 2 21
5 Richie Ginther 2 5 3 15 3 8 Ret 16
6 Innes Ireland Ret 4 10 NC Ret 1 12
7 Jim Clark 10 3 12 3 Ret 4 Ret 7 11
8 Bruce McLaren 6 12 Ret 5 8 6 3 4 11
9 Giancarlo Baghetti 1 Ret Ret 9
10 Tony Brooks 13 9 13 Ret 9 NC 5 3 6
11 Jack Brabham Ret 6 Ret Ret 4 NC Ret Ret 4
12 John Surtees 11 7 5 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 4
13 Jackie Lewis 9 Ret Ret 9 4 3
14 Olivier Gendebien DNQ 4 11 3
15 Joakim Bonnier 12 11 7 7 5 NC Ret 6 3
16 Graham Hill Ret 8 Ret 6 Ret NC Ret 5 3
17 Roy Salvadori 8 6 10 6 Ret 2
18 Maurice Trintignant 7 Ret 13 Ret 9 0
19 Carel Godin de Beaufort 14 11 Ret 16 14 7 0
20 Lorenzo Bandini Ret 12 NC 8 0
21 Cliff Allison 8 0
22 Roger Penske 8 0
23 Hans Herrmann 9 15 13 0
24 Peter Ryan 9 0
25 Masten Gregory DNQ 10 12 11 Ret Ret 0
26 Henry Taylor DNQ 10 Ret 11 0
27 Tim Parnell Ret 10 0
28 Hap Sharp 10 0
29 Tony Maggs 13 11 0
30 Michael May Ret 11 0
31 Ian Burgess DNQ 14 14 12 0
32 Renato Pirocchi 12 0
33 Trevor Taylor 13 0
34 Tony Marsh DNQ Ret 15 0
35 Keith Greene 15 0
36 Gerry Ashmore Ret 16 Ret 0
37 Wolfgang Seidel DNQ 17 NC Ret 0
Bernard Collomb Ret NC 0
Lucien Bianchi DNQ Ret Ret Ret 0
Willy Mairesse Ret Ret Ret 0
Jack Fairman DSQ Ret 0
Giorgio Scarlatti Ret 0
Massimo Natili Ret 0
Ricardo Rodríguez Ret 0
Gaetano Starrabba Ret 0
Nino Vaccarella Ret 0
Roberto Bussinello Ret 0
Brian Naylor Ret 0
Roberto Lippi Ret 0
Jim Hall Ret 0
Lloyd Ruby Ret 0
Walt Hansgen Ret 0
André Pilette DNQ 0
Pos. Driver MON

NED

BEL

FRA

GBR

GER

ITA

USA

Pts.


  • 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 1961, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
II Lombank Trophy Snettertonmarker March 26 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
IX Glover Trophy Goodwoodmarker April 3 John Surtees Cooper-Climax Report
XXI Pau Grand Prixmarker Paumarker April 3 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
III Brussels Grand Prix Heysel April 9 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
II Vienna Grand Prix Aspern Aerodrome April 16 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
VI Aintree 200 Aintreemarker April 22 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
XI Syracuse Grand Prix Syracuse April 25 Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Report
XIX Naples Grand Prix Posillipomarker May 14 Giancarlo Baghetti Ferrari Report
IX London Trophy Crystal Palacemarker May 23 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax Report
VI Silver City Trophy Brands Hatchmarker June 3 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
Solitude Grand Prix Solitudering July 23 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax Report
VII Kanonloppet Karlskogamarker August 20 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
II Danish Grand Prix Roskildering August 26-27 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
XV Modena Grand Prix Modenamarker September 3 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax Report
III Flugplatzrennen Zeltweg Airfieldmarker September 17 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax Report
VIII Gold Cup Oulton Parkmarker September 23 Stirling Moss Ferguson-Climax Report
V Lewis-Evans Trophy Brands Hatchmarker October 1 Tony Marsh BRM-Climax Report
I Coppa Italia Vallelungamarker October 12 Giancarlo Baghetti Porsche Report
I Natal Grand Prix Westmead December 17 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
VIII South African Grand Prix East Londonmarker December 26 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report


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