Italian GP 1965
SEPTEMBER 12, 1965
Italian GP, 1965
After Jim Clark's victory at the Nurburgring on August 1, the Formula 1 teams had most of the summer off, although several turned up at Enna on August 15 for the Mediterranean GP. This was won by Jo Siffert in one of Rob Walker's Brabham's but was marked by a huge accident which left Mike Spence's Lotus somersaulting over the barriers into the reeds beside the Enna lake. Incredibly he was not seriously hurt and he was back in action at Monza alongside Clark. Team Lotus joined several others in running three cars for the event with Giacomo Russo (known as "Geki") renting the third car.
Ferrari had three cars with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini being joined by sportscar driver Nino Vaccarella. Brabham ran three cars (as the team had on several occasions that year) with Dan Gurney and Denny Hulme being joined by Giancarlo Baghetti. Practice resulted in Clark taking pole position by two-tenths of a second with Surtees alongside him and Stewart completing the front row. Hill and Bandini shared row two while Ronnie Bucknum's Honda was on the third row with Jochen Rindt's Cooper and Spence.
At the start Clark took the lead with Stewart, Hill and Bandini chasing while Surtees made a poor start and dropped right back. Clark, Stewart and Hill all took turns at leading as they slipstreamed one another and they were soon joined by Surtees who had recovered from his problems at the start. He was without a clutch but this did not stop getting into the lead before gradually slipping back and eventually retiring. There was a similar slipstreaming battle in the midfield and the racing became very complicated when the leaders worked their way through this. Having battled all the way with the two BRMs Clark's race ended on lap 63 with a fuel pump failure. Hill looked set for victory but on the penultimate lap he made a mistake at the Parabolica and Stewart went into the lead and won his first Grand Prix victory in only his eighth World Championship event.
Hill followed him home while Gurney came home a lonely third.
|1||32||Jackie Stewart||BRM P261||76||2h04m52.800s||3|
|2||30||Graham Hill||BRM P261||76||2h04m56.100s||4|
|3||12||Dan Gurney||Brabham-Climax BT11||76||2h05m09.300s||9|
|4||4||Lorenzo Bandini||Ferrari 1512||76||2h06m08.700s||5|
|5||16||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax T77||75||11|
|6||40||Richard Attwood||Lotus-BRM 25||75||13|
|7||42||Jo Bonnier||Brabham-Climax BT7||74||14|
|8||18||Jochen Rindt||Cooper-Climax T77||74||7|
|9||38||Innes Ireland||Lotus-BRM 25||74||18|
|10r||24||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax 33||63||Fuel Pump||1|
|11r||26||Mike Spence||Lotus-Climax 33||62||Ignition||8|
|12r||6||Nino Vaccarella||Ferrari 158||58||Engine||15|
|13r||50||Roberto Bussinello||BRM P57||58||Engine||21|
|14r||20||Richie Ginther||Honda RA272||56||Ignition||17|
|r||14||Denny Hulme||Brabham-Climax BT11||46||Suspension||12|
|r||46||Frank Gardner||Brabham-BRM BT11||45||Engine||16|
|r||44||Jo Siffert||Brabham-BRM BT11||43||Gearbox||10|
|r||28||Giacomo Russo (geki)||Lotus-Climax 25||37||Transmission||20|
|r||8||John Surtees||Ferrari 1512||34||Clutch||2|
|r||22||Ronnie Bucknum||Honda RA272||27||Engine||6|
|r||48||Masten Gregory||BRM P57||22||Gearbox||23|
|r||10||Giancarlo Baghetti||Brabham-Climax BT7||12||Engine||19|
|r||52||Giorgio Bassi||BRM P57||8||Engine||22|