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The 1961 Formula One World Championship was the twelfth edition of the FIA Formula One Championship, held from the 14th of May to the 8th of October. Eight races were held over the season, although there were numerous other non-Championship races held as Grand Prix throughout the season.

1961 proved to be one of the most tragic and triumphant years for Scuderia Ferrari, as they won the Constructors' Championship for the first time. Their driver Phil Hill also won the Drivers' Championship, although his victory was marred by the death of team mate and rival Wolfgang von Trips at the Italian Grand Prix, the day that both titles were secured.

The twelfth edition of the Championship was also the first to feature a maximum engine capacity of 1.5 litres, a development that benefited Ferrari above all others. Lotus built cars claimed three victories to the Ferrari's five, while engine manufacturer Climax attempted to counter the engine dominance of the Italians by releasing a V8 engine near then end of the season.

Several maiden victories were also achieved during the season, with von Trips and Giancarlo Baghetti collecting their first wins with Ferrari. Innes Ireland also added his name to the winners' list, with his victory at the US Grand Prix also the first for Team Lotus. Hill and Stirling Moss shared the other four race victories between themselves, with 1961 proving to be Moss' last F1 season after a heavy crash at the 1962 Glover Trophy before the 1962 season started.


After being humiliated by Cooper and Climax during the final year of the 2.5 litre era of Formula One, Ferrari cut short their 1960 programme (missing the season ending United States Grand Prix) to focus on developing their new 1.5 litre V6 engine. Elsewhere, Team Lotus would release their latest project, the Lotus 21, although they would also run a development version of the Lotus 18. Cooper and BRM also released updated machinery, while Climax brought their familiar FPF engine, downscaled to 1.5 litres.

Elsewhere, Team Lotus allowed a single 21 to be run by Stirling Moss as a privateer entry with the R.R.C. Walker Racing Team, while a number of older spec cars were sold off to other teams. Cooper also unloaded a series of ex-factory cars, some of which were adapted to use Maserati engines, with the Italian manufacturer opting to continue in Formula One despite widespread belief that the smaller engine formula would prompt a move away. The other major manufacturer in the Championship were Porsche, who were also allowing a privateer team to use ex-factory machinery.

Teams and Drivers[]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 1961 Formula One Season is shown below, sorted by finishing position in 1960 Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers, then on race numbers at the earliest round that they competed:

Constructor Chassis Tyre Driver Rounds
Team Engine
Cooper-Climax T55
D Australia Jack Brabham All
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Climax FPF
Climax FWMV
New Zealand Bruce McLaren All
Lotus-Climax 21 D United Kingdom Innes Ireland 1, 3-8
United Kingdom Team Lotus Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Jim Clark All
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 2
Belgium Willy Mairesse 4
Ferrari 156 D United States Richie Ginther 1-7
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 178 V6 1.5 United States Phil Hill 1-7
West Germany Wolfgang von Trips 1-7
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 3
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 4-5
Belgium Willy Mairesse 6
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez 7
BRM-Climax P48/57 D United Kingdom Graham Hill All
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Tony Brooks All
Porsche 787
D Sweden Jo Bonnier All
West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 547/6 F4 1.5 United States Dan Gurney All
West Germany Hans Herrmann 1, 6
Lotus-Climax 18 D West Germany Wolfgang Seidel 3, 5-7
West Germany Scuderia Colonia Climax FPF L4 1.5 Switzerland Michael May 1, 4, 6
D Belgium Olivier Gendebien 1
Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Maserati Tipo 6 L4 1.5
Climax FPF L4 1.5
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 1, 3
Belgium Willy Mairesse 3
Belgium André Pilette 7
D United States Masten Gregory 1-5
United States Camoradi International Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Ian Burgess 2-6
D United Kingdom Stirling Moss All
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Jack Fairman 5
Cooper-Climax T53 D United Kingdom John Surtees All
United Kingdom Yeoman Credit Racing Team Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 4-8
Lotus-Climax 18 D United Kingdom Cliff Allison 1, 3
United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team Climax FPF L4 1.5 United Kingdom Henry Taylor 1, 3-5, 7
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 4-5
Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu 4
Australia Masten Gregory 7-8
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 8
De Tomaso-OSCA
D France Maurice Trintignant 1, 3-4, 6-7
Italy Scuderia Serenissima Maserati Tipo 6 L4 1.5
OSCA 372 L4 1.5
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 4
Italy Nino Vaccarella 7
Porsche 718 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 2-7
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 West Germany Hans Herrmann 2
Cooper-Climax T53 D United Kingdom Jackie Lewis 3-7
United Kingdom H&L Motors Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D United Kingdom Tony Marsh 3, 5-6
United Kingdom Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Cooper-Maserati T53 D Italy Lorenzo Bandini 3, 5-7
Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati Tipo 6 L4 1.5 Italy Massimo Natili 5, 7
Cooper-Climax T53 D France Bernard Collomb 4, 6
France Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D United Kingdom Tim Parnell 5, 7
United Kingdom Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore 5-7
United Kingdom Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D South Africa Tony Maggs 5-6
United States Louise Bryden-Brown Climax FPF L4 1.5
Gilby-Climax 61 D United Kingdom Keith Greene 5
United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Climax FPF L4 1.5
JBW-Climax 59 D United Kingdom Brian Naylor 7
United Kingdom J.B. Naylor Climax FPF L4 1.5
Cooper-Climax T45 D United Kingdom Jack Fairman 7
United Kingdom Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
De Tomaso-OSCA F1 D Italy Roberto Lippi 7
Italy Scuderia Settecolli OSCA 372 L4 1.5
De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo F1 D Italy Roberto Bussinello 7
Italy Isobele de Tomaso Alfa Romeo Giulietta L4 1.5
Cooper-Maserati T45 D Italy Renato Pirocchi 7
Italy Pescara Racing Team Maserati Tipo 6 L4 1.5
Lotus-Maserati 18 D Italy Gaetano Starrabba 7
Italy Privateer Maserati Tipo 6 L4 1.5
Cooper-Climax T53 D United States Hap Sharp 8
United States Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Cooper-Climax T53 D United States Roger Penske 8
United States John M. Wyatt III Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18/21 D Canada Peter Ryan 8
Canada J. Wheeler Autosport Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D United States Jim Hall 8
United States Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Lotus-Climax 18 D United States Lloyd Ruby 8
United States Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5
Cooper-Climax T53 D United States Walt Hansgen 8
United States Privateer Climax FPF L4 1.5


1961 saw eight different venues host the World Championship, seven in Europe with the finale in America, while there were numerous non-Championship races held throughout the year using Formula One regulations. The World Championship rounds would be covered from the 14th of May until the 8th of October, while the non-Championship races were held when organisers were prepared to host them. 

World Championship Schedule[]

Seven Grand Prix were carried over from the previous season, although the Indianapolis 500, Argentine Grand Prix and the Portuguese Grand Prix were all dropped. The rest of the calendar would follow the schedule from 1960, with the German Grand Prix replacing the Portuguese race, while the United States Grand Prix was added just six weeks before the end of the season, as Watkins Glen became the third circuit to attempt to host the race.

The full World Championship Schedule for 1961 is outlined below:

Round Grand Prix Date
1 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 14 May
Official Title XIX Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Circuit Circuit de Monaco
Location Monaco Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Lap distance 3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Race distance 314.5 km (195.421 mi)
Date 14 May Laps 100
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
2 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix 22 May
Official Title IX Grote Prijs van Nederland
Circuit Zandvoort
Location Netherlands Zandvoort, Netherlands
Lap distance 4.193 km (2.605 mi)
Race distance 314.475 km (195.406 mi)
Date 22 May Laps 75
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
3 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 18 June
Spa 1950
Official Title XXI Grand Prix de Belgique
Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
Location Belgium Spa, Belgium
Lap distance 14.100 km (8.761 mi)
Race distance 423 km (262.840 mi)
Date 18 June Laps 30
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
4 France French Grand Prix 2 July
Reims track
Official Title XLVII Grand Prix de l'ACF
Circuit Reims
Location France Reims, France
Lap distance 8.302 km (5.159 mi)
Race distance 431.704 km (268.248 mi)
Date 2 July Laps 52
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 15 July
Circuit Aintree
Official Title XIV RAC British Grand Prix
Circuit Aintree
Location United Kingdom Aintree Circuit, Liverpool, England
Lap distance 4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Race distance 362.1 km (224.999 mi)
Date 15 July Laps 75
Local time 14:00 BST UTC 13:00
6 West Germany German Grand Prix 6 August
Nürburgring 1927
Official Title XXIII Grosser Preis von Deutschland
Circuit Nürburgring
Location West Germany Nürburg, West Germany
Lap distance 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Race distance 342.15 km (212.602 mi)
Date 6 August Laps 15
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix 10 September
Monza 1957
Official Title XXXII Gran Premio d'Italia
Circuit Monza
Location Italy Monza, Italy
Lap distance 10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Race distance 430 km (267.190 mi)
Date 10 September Laps 43
Local time 14:00 CEST UTC 12:00
8 United States United States Grand Prix 8 October
Watkins Glen 1956
Official Title IV United States Grand Prix
Circuit Watkins Glen
Location United States Watkins Glen, New York, USA
Lap distance 3.701 km (2.300 mi)
Race distance 370.1 km (229.969 mi)
Date 8 October Laps 100
Local time 14:00 EDT UTC 18:00

Non-Championship Races[]

In addition to the World Championship races, 21 independently organised Grand Prix were staged in 1961, all of which offered prize money to the winner. The non-Championship rounds also effectively extended the season from March until December, and added three races in South Africa to the calendar. Other countries to host non-Championship rounds included Denmark, Sweden and Austria, and would feature a range of privateers and Championship contenders.

Date Event Circuit Report
26th March United Kingdom II Lombank Trophy Snetterton Report
3rd April United Kingdom IX Glover Trophy Goodwood Report
3rd April France XXI Pau Grand Prix Pau Report
9th April Belgium III Brussels Grand Prix Heysel Report
16th April Austria II Vienna Grand Prix Aspern Aerodrome Report
22nd April United Kingdom VI Aintree 200 Aintree Report
25th April Italy XI Syracuse Grand Prix Syracuse Report
14th May Italy XIX Naples Grand Prix Posillipo Report
23rd May United Kingdom IX London Trophy Crystal Palace Report
3rd June United Kingdom VI Silver City Trophy Brands Hatch Report
23rd July Germany Solitude Grand Prix Solutudering Report
20th August Sweden VII Kanonloppet Karlskoga Report
26th-27th August Denmark II Danish Grand Prix Roskilde Ring Report
3rd September Italy XV Modena Grand Prix Modena Report
17th September Austria III Flugplatzrennen Zeltweg Airfield Report
23rd September United Kingdom VIII Gold Cup Oulton Park Report
1st October United Kingdom V Lewis-Evans Trophy Brands Hatch Report
12th October Italy I Coppa Italia Vallelunga Report
9th December South Africa V Rand Grand Prix Kyalami Report
17th December South Africa I Natal Grand Prix Westmead Report
26th December South Africa VIII South African Grand Prix East London Report

In addition to the non-Championship races, a package of support series and other Championships in 1961 provided entertainment for the drivers through the season. Several, notably Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren and Roy Salvadori, would compete in the British Saloon Car Championship which supported many of the British non-Championship races.

Season Review[]

After ten years of Formula One racing, it was announced that the largely unpopular Indianapolis 500 round had been dropped from the calendar with the FIA arranging seven World Championship races for the new season. The United States Grand Prix was added as an eighth round just six weeks before it was actually staged, and would be the only race of the season not to be held in Europe.


The winter of 1960/1 saw all of the major engine builders involved in Formula One complete development of their engines in time for the launch of the new 1.5 litre regulations, with Ferrari immediately thought to have a 30 horsepower advantage.[1] Climax had developed the closest engine to Ferrari's, although their biggest partner Cooper pushed for a more powerful version to be built to challenge the already formidable looking tifosi.[1] Porsche were also back for the new season, with the German outfit joining Maserati with modified versions of their previous engines, simply reduced in capacity.[1]

Round 1: 1961 Monaco Grand Prix[]

Although Stirling Moss did not have the newest product of Team Lotus, the Brit was in stunning form as he landed an early blow to the stunningly quick Ferrari 156s to claim pole position for the season opening Monaco Grand Prix in mid-May.[1] Jim Clark would also start on the front row, the Scot in third for the opening race in the new Lotus 21, with the two Brits split by Ferrari lead driver Richie Ginther.[1] Yet, the two Climax engined cars were to be beaten off the line, as Ginther shot past the pair to claim the lead of the race in the early stages, with Moss also briefly slipping behind Clark until the latter pulled into the pits with a fuel pump issue.[1] With ten laps gone Moss was suddenly leading the race from Jo Bonnier, the two using a convenient back marker to both force their way past Ginther away from the cameras.[1]

Moss' lead would ebb and flow over the rest of the race, with Bonnier ultimately dropping out of the race just after half distance with a fuel pump failure.[1] That left the three Ferraris to try to work together to steal the win from Moss, with Ginther waved past Phil Hill in the closing stages to chase after the Brit.[1] Yet, the older Lotus continued to pound round, despite carrying minor bodywork damage, and duly crossed the line three seconds ahead of Ginther to win the opening round with fastest lap.[1]

Round 2: 1961 Dutch Grand Prix[]

Phil Hill would start the Dutch Grand Prix from pole position, a race which would only feature fifteen starters.[2] He would lead an all scarlet front row, as Wolfgang von Trips and Richie Ginther shared the three abreast leading line, while Stirling Moss would remain a threat from fourth.[2] A poor start for Hill, however, would see him surrender the lead off the line, as von Trips swept into Tarzan ahead of Ginther, while a fast starting Moss got caught out by the Zandvoort circuit's narrow layout and so had to remain in fourth until being passed by Jim Clark.[2]

The race was dominated by von Trips, the West German pulling clear of Phil Hill as Ginther hit trouble and had to recover from fifth place, tussling with Dan Gurney and Moss for a time.[2] Graham Hill was also having a strong race, running as high as third and challenging name sake Phil until a minor problem caused him to steadily fall through the field.[2] That left Clark in third as the two Ferrari's swept across the line, von Trips claiming a maiden victory from Phil Hill in a race that would go down in history as the first Grand Prix to be completed without a retirement or a pitstop.[2]

Round 3: 1961 Belgian Grand Prix[]

Another all Ferrari front row would open the third round of the 1961 Championship, with Phil Hill once again leading the way from pole.[3] The Italian manufacturer had entered a fourth car for home hero Olivier Gendebien, the Belgian completing the front row ahead of John Surtees and Richie Ginther, Surtees the only non-Ferrari driver on the first two rows.[3] Yet, despite a near lock out, the Ferrari quartet and Surtees were stunned off the line as Graham Hill swept into the lead from sixth, the BRM-Climax shooting ahead of Phil Hill into Eau Rouge.[3] Yet, by the end of the lap Graham Hill had tumbled to sixth, Phil Hill was leading a Ferrari one-two-three-four and Gendebien was attempting take the lead from his temporary American team mate.[3]

The heroics of the opening lap, however, were to be displaced by the Civil War in Ferrari, as all four of their cars led the race at one time or another, before a mistake by Gendebien dropped him back from his scarlet colleagues.[3] Surtees tried in vein to keep with the quartet but slowly dropped back, while early charger Graham Hill would end up on the sidelines with an oil leak six laps from the end.[3] That promoted Dan Gurney into the points, as Phil Hill won from Wolfgang von Trips by under a second, with Ginther and Gendebien a further twenty seconds back.[3]

Round 4: 1961 French Grand Prix[]

A third pole position for Phil Hill in 1961 left the American racer as favourite for victory in France, with Ferrari once again entering a fourth car, this time for débutante Giancarlo Baghetti who found himself down in twelfth.[4] It was an all scarlet front row once again too, and unlike in Belgium, the front three would pull away with the lead secure, Wolfgang von Trips jumping ahead of Phil Hill and Richie Ginther.[4] The long straights of the Rheims circuit were an advantage to the more powerful Ferraris, and only the ever present Stirling Moss managed to stay with the scarlet cars, as John Surtees bunched up the rest of the field.[4]

FraGP 61

Ireland closing in on the back of Clark during the 1961 French Grand Prix.

The French Grand Prix provided an excellent demonstration of the power of slip streaming, with positions fifth to fifteenth running together for most of the race.[4] Baghetti was one of those to take advantage of the effect, as the Ferrari 156s of his team mates suddenly showed vulnerabilities previously unseen.[4] First to fall was von Trips, having just lost the lead to Hill, while Ginther fell a few laps from the end with an oil pressure issue.[4] Moss should have inherited the lead when Hill then dropped down the field with a problem, but the Brit suffered a brake pipe failure at half distance, leaving Baghetti to take a début win, the first since Nino Farina.[4] Dan Gurney and Jim Clark completed the podium, the latter having had to defeat Team Lotus team mate Innes Ireland in a race long battle.[4]

Round 5: 1961 British Grand Prix[]

The weather of 1961 was proving to be something of a cliché in July, as the tarmac-melting heat of eastern France was replaced by a near washout over Aintree as the field gathered for the British Grand Prix.[5] Phil Hill would once again start from pole position, despite hopes that the narrow circuit would hamper the dominant Ferrari 156 and its powerful engine.[5] With the circuit resembling a river rather than a racing circuit, Phil Hill pulled smartly away from team mates Wolfgang von Trips and Richie Ginther, while Stirling Moss led the strong British presence in fourth, taking Jo Bonnier in his Porsche before the end of the first lap.[5]

The race itself became a display of pure driving skill by many of the drivers, with a large battle rumbling over the final points paying positions, while Moss picked off the three Ferraris in front of him.[5] It was while Moss was running in second behind von Trips that he displayed his deft touch on the steering wheel, as he turned a tank slapping slide into a perfect pirouette having hit a puddle, a puddle which would throw Lucien Bianchi off the circuit just moments later.[5] Yet, as the clouds broke up and the sun emerged, Moss would retire with a brake failure, and despite a brief appearence in the experimental Ferguson P99, was out of the race, leaving von Trips to lead home another Ferrari clean sweep of the podium, Hill ahead of Ginther.[5]

Round 6: 1961 German Grand Prix[]

Three quarters of the way through the season and Climax released their newest creation, the V8 FWMV engine designed to combat the impressive Ferrari 178 that had dominated the season so far.[6] The new engine was bolted into Jack Brabham's Cooper T58, with the soon-to-be ex-World Champion immediately putting together his best performance of the season to claim second place on the grid, behind Phil Hill, the American claiming a fifth consecutive pole.[6] Brabham's form continued into the opening stages of the race, as the Australian launched straight into the lead of the race, although his moment in the 1961 sun would be cut short at the end of the lap with a throttle failure.[6]


F1 1961 - Nüburgring - Stirling Moss onboard

Moss shows sublime skills as he swings around the Nüburgring.

The German Grand Prix would see a masterful display from Stirling Moss in Brabham's place, with the Brit battling away with Hill at various times in the race.[6] In the closing stages of the race Moss was able to pull over twenty seconds clear, leaving Wolfgang von Trips to reel in team mate Hill for second place, with von Trips establishing a four point lead over his American team mate by claiming the position.[6] Jim Clark was another to impress with an immaculate performance, while John Surtees, Bruce McLaren and Richie Ginther battled for the final points, finishing in that order.[6]

Round 7: 1961 Italian Grand Prix[]

Wolfgang von Trips qualified on pole for the race, but fate had another role to play for the German as the latest round of his title bout with team mate Phil Hill arrived in Monza.[7] Heading into the banking to complete the second lap, von Trips drifted across the front of Jim Clark's car, causing the two to collide, throwing both into a slide.[7] Clark was carried to the inside of the circuit unharmed, while von Trips' car smashed into the fencing on the outside of the banking, ejecting him as his car smashed into a spectators area.[7] Fourteen spectators were killed by the errant Ferrari while von Trips met his demise when he hit the floor a few dozen metres away.[7]

The race was not stopped, however, and Hill won the race, and the Championship for Ferrari, with the drivers only told of the accident after the race.[7] Hill and his fellow podium finishers, Bruce McLaren and Dan Gurney were distraught, while Clark was visibly shaken by the accident, although it was not the Scot's fault in any way.[7] With both titles secure, Ferrari opted to end their season in Monza, not travelling to the final race of the year.

Round 8: 1961 United States Grand Prix[]

Watkins Glen became the third host of the United States Grand Prix in as many years, but proved to be popular with teams and fans alike.[8] Phil Hill attended the race, acting as Grand Marshal despite his hopes of racing in front of his home fans as World Champion, as the Glen saw a series of firsts.[8] Team Lotus secured their first ever World Championship win, courtesy of maiden winner Innes Ireland, after a weekend where the Brit spun, damaged his gearbox and suffered a steering failure during practice, before nursing his car to the finish in the race.[8]

The result, which saw Dan Gurney and Tony Brooks complete the podium, did little to affect the Championship as Hill was crowned World Champion.[8] In doing so Hill became the first American based racer to take the Formula One crown, beating deceased team mate Wolfgang von Trips by a single point. The race also proved to be the last for Brooks and Stirling Moss, whom would be injured in a crash early in 1962, curtailling an exciting career before the Brit had secured the World Championship.[8]

Non-Championship Races[]

Final Standings[]

Formula One World Championship[]

Phil Hill duly became the first American driver to win the Formula One World Championship, defeating deceased team mate Wolfgang von Trips by a single point after three results were discarded. Stirling Moss ended the year in third, having led in almost every race, level on points with Dan Gurney. Richie Ginther ensured that there were three Americans in the top five of the Championship, a record for their nation, while the late season victory for Innes Ireland saw him finish as the best of the Team Lotus drivers.

Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts*
Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States
1st Phil Hill 3rd 2nd 1st 9th 2nd 3rd 1st 34 (38)
2nd Wolfgang von Trips 4th 1st 2nd Ret 1st 2nd Ret 33
3rd Stirling Moss 1st 4th 8th Ret Ret 1st Ret Ret 21
4th Dan Gurney 5th 10th 6th 2nd 7th 7th 2nd 2nd 21
5th Richie Ginther 2nd 5th 3rd 15th 3rd 8th Ret 16
6th Innes Ireland DNS Ret 4th 10th Ret Ret 1st 12
7th Jim Clark 10th 3rd 12th 3rd Ret 4th Ret 7th 11
8th Bruce McLaren 6th 12th Ret 5th 8th 6th 3rd 4th 11
9th Giancarlo Baghetti 1st Ret Ret 9
10th Tony Brooks 13th 9th 13th Ret 9th Ret 5th 3rd 6
11th Jack Brabham Ret 6th Ret Ret 4th Ret Ret Ret 4
12th John Surtees 11th 7th 5th Ret Ret 5th Ret Ret 4
13th Jackie Lewis 9th Ret Ret 9th 4th 3
14th Olivier Gendebien DNQ 4th 11th 3
15th Joakim Bonnier 12th 11th 7th 7th 5th Ret Ret 6th 3
16th Graham Hill Ret 8th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 5th 3
17th Roy Salvadori 8th 6th 10th 6th Ret 2
Maurice Trintignant 7th Ret 13th Ret 9th 0
Carel Godin de Beaufort 14th 11th Ret 16th 14th 7th 0
Lorenzo Bandini Ret 12th Ret 8th 0
Cliff Allison 8th DNS 0
Roger Penske 8th 0
Hans Herrmann 9th 15th 13th 0
Peter Ryan 9th 0
Masten Gregory DNQ DNS 10th 12th 11th Ret Ret 0
Henry Taylor DNQ DNS 10th Ret 11th 0
Tim Parnell Ret 10th 0
Hap Sharp 10th 0
Tony Maggs 13th 11th 0
Michael May Ret 11th DNS 0
Ian Burgess DNS DNS 14th 14th 12th 0
Renato Pirocchi 12th 0
Trevor Taylor 13th 0
Tony Marsh DNS Ret 15th 0
Keith Greene 15th 0
Gerry Ashmore Ret 16th Ret 0
Wolfgang Seidel DNS 17th Ret 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 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Pts
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • *Only the best five finishes for each driver contributed to their points tally.

Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers[]

Ferrari completed the double in 1961, collecting the Intercontinental Cup for Manufacturers for the first time since its creation in 1958. Their victory, although in tragic circumstances, confirmed that the 1.5 litre era of Formula One was, in the early stages at least, to be dominated by the Italians, as they had one car or more on the podium in each race of the season they competed in. Team Lotus ended the season with a mix of factory and privateer efforts completing their tally, with the factory backed Porsche team making the top three for the first time.

Pos. Constructor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts*
Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States
1st Ferrari 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st WD 40 (52)
2nd Lotus-Climax 1st 3rd 8th 3rd 10th 1st 10th 1st 32
3rd Porsche 5th 10th 6th 2nd 5th 7th 2nd 2nd 22 (23)
4th Cooper-Climax 6th 6th 5th 5th 4th 5th 3rd 4th 14 (18)
5th BRM-Climax 13th 8th 13th 6th 9th Ret 5th 3rd 7
Cooper-Maserati 7th Ret 13th 12th Ret 8th 0
Gilby-Climax 15th 0
Ferguson-Climax DSQ 0
De Tomaso-OSCA Ret Ret 0
Lotus-Maserati Ret 0
De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo WD Ret 0
JBW-Climax WD Ret 0
Emeryson-Maserati DNQ WD DNQ 0
Pos. Constructor Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Pts
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • *Only the highest placed driver in each race for each Constructor contributed to their points tally.




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