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Revision as of 06:25, October 17, 2016

The 1959 German Grand Prix was the sixth round of the 1959 Formula One Season, held on August 2nd. For political reasons, the race was run on the AVUS circuit, in southwestern Berlin. The mostly straight line track proved to be perfect for Ferrari, as their cars went 1-2-3, with Tony Brooks leading home Dan Gurney and Phil Hill.

Background

1958 and 1959 were a time of heightening tensions between the NATO Pact and Warsaw Bloc countries, and nowhere was this felt more strongly than in West Berlin. A number of parties felt that a dose of western extravaganza, in the form of a Grand Prix, might be a propaganda coup. So the decision was made to run the 1959 German race at AVUS.


Entry list

The full entry list for the 1959 German Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
3 United States Masten Gregory United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
4 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D264 Ferrari 155 V6 2.4 D
5 United States Phil Hill Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D264 Ferrari 155 V6 2.4 D
6 United States Dan Gurney Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D264 Ferrari 155 V6 2.4 D
7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom RRC Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
8 France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom RRC Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
9 Sweden Jo Bonnier United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 L4 2.5 D
10 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 L4 2.5 D
11 Germany Hans Herrmann United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 L4 2.5 D
12 France Jean Behra France Jean Behra Behra-Porsche RSK Porsche 547/6 F4 1.5 D
14 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Germany Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche 718 RSK Porsche 547/6 F4 1.5 D
15 United Kingdom Innes Ireland United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
16 United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax FPF L4 2.5 D
17 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D264 Ferrari 155 V6 2.4 D
18 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper T51 Maserati 250S L4 2.5 D

Practice Overview

Qualifying

Results

The full qualifying results for the 1959 German Grand Prix is outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 17 United Kingdom Cliff Allison* Ferrari 2:05.8
2 4 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ferrari 2:05.9 +0.1
3 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 2:06.8 +1.0
4 6 United States Dan Gurney Ferrari 2:07.2 +1.4
5 1 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 2:07.4 +1.6
6 3 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 2:07.5 +1.7
7 5 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 2:07.6 +1.8
8 9 Sweden Jo Bonnier BRM 2:10.3 +4.5
9 10 United States Harry Schell BRM 2:10.3 +4.5
10 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 2:10.4 +4.6
11 16 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 2:10.8 +5.0
12 11 Germany Hans Herrmann BRM 2:11.4 +5.6
13 8 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 2:12.7 +6.9
14 15 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 2:14.6 +8.8
15 18 United Kingdom Ian Burgess* Cooper-Maserati 2:18.9 +13.1
WD 12 France Jean Behra** Behra-Porsche
WD 14 Germany Wolfgang von Trips** Porsche

* - Reserve entries
** - After Behra's fatal accident on Saturday, both Porsche entries were withdrawn, and no official times were released.

Race

Heat 1

Heat 1 Grid

Pos Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
______________ 2 Tony Brooks
______________ 3 Stirling Moss
4 Dan Gurney
Jack Brabham
______________
______________ 5
______________ 6 Masten Gregory
7 Phil Hill
Jo Bonnier
______________
______________ 8
______________ 9 Harry Schell
______________ 10 Bruce McLaren
11 Graham Hill
Hans Herrmann
______________
______________ 12
______________ 13 Maurice Trintignant
14 Innes Ireland
Cliff Allison*
______________
______________ 15
______________ 16
______________ 17 Ian Burgess*
18



* - Reserve entries

Heat 1 Results

The final results for the 1959 German Grand Prix are shown below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 4 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ferrari 30 1:03:17.6 1
2 6 United States Dan Gurney Ferrari 30 +1.3 1
3 5 United States Phil Hill Ferrari 30 +1:04.5 1
4 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 9
5 10 United States Harry Schell BRM 29 +1 Lap 8
6 8 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 29 +1 Lap 12
7 9 Sweden Jo Bonnier BRM 29 +1 Lap 7
8 11 Germany Hans Herrmann BRM 29 +1 Lap 11
9 18 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Cooper-Maserati 28 +2 Laps 9
Ret 3 United States Masten Gregory Cooper-Climax 23 Engine 5
Ret 1 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 15 Transmission 4
Ret 16 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 10 Gearbox 10
Ret 15 United Kingdom Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 7 Crownwheel/pinion 13
Ret 17 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Ferrari 2 Clutch 14
Ret 7 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 1 Transmission 2

Heat 2

Heat 2 Grid

Heat 2 Results

Final Results

Milestones

  • Sixth and final victory for Tony Brooks
  • First podium for Dan Gurney

Standings after race

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