The 1956 Italian Grand Prix, officialy known as the 16° Gran Premio d'Europa, was held on September 2. It was the final race of the 1956 Formula One Season. The race was held for the second time on the combined oval and road course of Monza.

The race was won by Stirling Moss in a Maserati, but in an incredible display of sportsmanship, Peter Collins turned his Lancia-Ferrari over to Juan Manuel Fangio, allowing Fangio to share second place with Collins, and clinching Fangio's fourth World Championship. Third place went to Ron Flockhart in a Connaught, the only podium finish ever for that marque.


Background[edit | edit source]


Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 1956 Italian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 United Kingdom Les Leston United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught B Alta GP 2.5 L4 P
4 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught B Alta GP 2.5 L4 P
6 United Kingdom Jack Fairman United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught B Alta GP 2.5 L4 P
8 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos France Equipe Gordini Gordini T32 Gordini 25 2.5 L8 E
10 France Robert Manzon France Equipe Gordini Gordini T32 Gordini 25 2.5 L8 E
12 France André Simon France Equipe Gordini Gordini T16 Gordini 23 2.5 L6 E
14 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
16 Italy Piero Taruffi United Kingdom Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 2 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P
18 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 2 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P
20 France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 2 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P
22 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
24 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
26 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
28 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
30 Spain Alfonso de Portago Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
32 France Jean Behra Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
34 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
Sweden Jo Bonnier
36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
38 Spain Francisco Godia-Sales Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
40 Italy Luigi Piotti Italy Privateer Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
42 Italy Gerino Gerini Italy Scuderia Guastalla Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
44 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D
46 Italy Umberto Maglioli Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
48 United Kingdom Bruce Halford United Kingdom Privateer Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D
50 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Scuderia Ferrari Lancia-Ferrari D50 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E
52 France Louis Rosier France Ecurie Rosier Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P
54 United Kingdom Horace Gould United Kingdom Gould's Garage Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 1956 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 22 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Lancia-Ferrari 2:42.6
2 24 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Italy Lancia-Ferrari 2:43.4 + 0.8
3 28 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Lancia-Ferrari 2:43.7 + 1.1
4 16 Italy Piero Taruffi United Kingdom Vanwall 2:45.4 + 2.8
5 32 France Jean Behra Italy Maserati 2:45.6 + 3.0
6 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Italy Maserati 2:45.9 + 3.3
7 26 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Lancia-Ferrari 2:46.0 + 3.4
8 34 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Maserati 2:47.7 + 5.1
9 30 Spain Alfonso de Portago Italy Lancia-Ferrari 2:47.8 + 5.2
10 18 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Vanwall 2:50.1 + 7.5
11 20 France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom Vanwall 2:51.6 + 9.0
12 46 Italy Umberto Maglioli Italy Maserati 2:52.7 + 10.1
13 44 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Italy Maserati 2:54.6 + 12.0
14 40 Italy Luigi Piotti Italy Maserati 2:58.6 + 16.0
15 6 United Kingdom Jack Fairman United Kingdom Connaught-Alta 2:59.2 + 16.6
16 42 Italy Gerino Gerini Italy Maserati 3:02.6 + 20.0
17 38 Spain Paco Godia Italy Maserati 3:02.9 + 20.3
18 14 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati 3:03.3 + 20.7
19 2 United Kingdom Les Leston United Kingdom Connaught-Alta 3:04.3 + 21.7

Grid[edit | edit source]

Race[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 36 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Italy Maserati 50 2:23:41.3 6 9
2 26 United Kingdom Peter Collins
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Lancia-Ferrari 50 + 5.7 7 3
3
3 4 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart United Kingdom Connaught-Alta 49 + 1 Lap 26 4
4 38 Spain Paco Godia Italy Maserati 49 + 1 Lap 18 3
5 6 United Kingdom Jack Fairman United Kingdom Connaught-Alta 47 + 3 Laps 16 2
6 40 Italy Luigi Piotti Italy Maserati 47 + 3 Laps 15
Ret 28 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Lancia-Ferrari 46 Steering 3
7 14 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati 46 + 4 Laps 19
8 22 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
Italy Lancia-Ferrari 46 + 4 Laps 1
9 12 France André Simon France Gordini 45 + 5 Laps 25
10 42 Italy Gerino Gerini Italy Maserati 42 + 8 Laps 17
Ret 46 Italy Umberto Maglioli
France Jean Behra
Italy Maserati 41 Steering 13
11 44 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Italy Maserati 41 + 9 Laps 14
Ret 18 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Vanwall 32 Transmission 10
Ret 32 France Jean Behra Italy Maserati 23 Magneto 5
Ret 48 United Kingdom Bruce Halford Italy Maserati 16 Engine 22
Ret 20 France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom Vanwall 13 Transmission 11
Ret 16 Italy Piero Taruffi United Kingdom Vanwall 12 Oil leak 4
Ret 24 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Italy Lancia-Ferrari 9 Tire 2
Ret 34 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Italy Maserati 7 Engine 8
Ret 10 France Robert Manzon France Gordini 7 Chassis 23
Ret 30 Spain Alfonso de Portago Italy Lancia-Ferrari 6 Tire 9
Ret 2 United Kingdom Les Leston United Kingdom Connaught-Alta 6 Suspension 20
Ret 8 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos France Gordini 3 Engine 21
DNS 50 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Italy Lancia-Ferrari Practice accident
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Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings after race[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]


V T E 1956 Formula One Season
Constructors BRM • Bugatti • Connaught • Cooper • Emeryson • Ferrari • Gordini • Maserati • Vanwall
Engines Alta • Bristol • BRM • Bugatti • Ferrari • Gordini • Maserati • Vanwall
Drivers Bayol • Behra • Bonnier • Brabham • Brooks • Castellotti • Chapman • Collins • Emery • Fairman • Fangio • Flockhart • Frère • Gendebien • Gerard • Gerini • Godia-Sales • J. F. González • O. González • Gould • de Graffenried • Halford • Hawthorn • Landi • Leston • Maglioli • Manzon • Menditeguy • Milhoux • S. Moss • Musso • Perdisa • Pilette • Piotti • Portago • Rosier • Salvadori • Scarlatti • Schell • Scott Brown • Scotti • Silva Ramos • Simon • Taruffi • Titterington • Trintignant • von Trips • Uria • Villoresi • Volonterio
Cars BRM P25 • Bugatti T251 • Connaught B • Cooper T23 • Emeryson 56 • Ferrari 555 • Ferrari D50 • Gordini T16 • Gordini T32 • Maserati 250F • Maserati A6GCM • Vanwall VW2
Tyres Avon • Dunlop • Englebert • Pirelli
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See also 1955 Formula One Season • 1957 Formula One Season • Category
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