Portuguese GP 1960
AUGUST 14, 1960
Portuguese GP, 1960
There was month between the British and Portuguese GPs and in Oporto Stirling Moss made his F1 comeback after being out of action since the disastrous Belgian GP in June. The only other change of note was that local hero Mario Cabral was found a drive in the second Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati. In practice Henry Taylor crashed his BRP Cooper heavily and injured his arm while Jim Clark smashed up his Lotus in a rare crash.
Despite the accident pole position went to Team Lotus driver John Surtees, who edged out Dan Gurney's BRM by a few hundredths of a second. Jack Brabham was third quickest in his normally-dominant works Cooper. Moss put his Walker Lotus on the second row alongside Graham Hill's BRM.
Brabham took the lead at the start but Gurney quickly found a way ahead and then Brabham went wide at one corner and dropped to sixth place. Moss emerged second with Surtees and Phil Hill in his Ferrari fighting with him.
After 10 laps Gurney dropped back with an oil leak and so Surtees took the lead with Moss in pursuit but he had to stop because of spark plug problems and dropped to the back of the field. He was later disqualified for driving against the direction of the race while trying to get going after a spin.
Brabham had a lively fight with P Hill until the American crashed and this became the lead on lap 36 when Surtees went off because oil had leaked onto his pedals. Bruce McLaren came through to finish second to give Cooper another 1-2 result with Clark finishing third in his cobbled-together Lotus.
Brabham's victory meant that he clinched the World Championship with two races remaining in the World Championship.
|1||2||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Climax T53||55||2h19m00.030s||3|
|2||4||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax T53||55||2h19m58.000s||6|
|3||14||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax 18||55||2h20m53.260s||8|
|4||28||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari D246||55||2h20m58.840.s||9|
|dq||12||Stirling Moss||Lotus-Climax 18||50||Drove In Wrong Direction||4|
|5||6||Tony Brooks||Cooper-Climax T51||49||12|
|6||16||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax 18||48||7|
|7||8||Olivier Gendebien||Cooper-Climax T51||46||14|
|r||32||Mario Araujo de Cabral||Cooper-Maserati T51||37||Gearbox||15|
|r||18||John Surtees||Lotus-Climax 18||36||Radiator||1|
|r||26||Phil Hill||Ferrari D246||29||Accident||10|
|r||24||Dan Gurney||BRM P48||24||Overheating||2|
|r||30||Masten Gregory||Cooper-Maserati T51||21||Gearbox||11|
|r||22||Graham Hill||BRM P48||8||Gearbox||5|
|r||20||Jo Bonnier||BRM P48||6||Engine||13|
|ns||10||Henry Taylor||Cooper-Climax T51||Accident/ Injury||16|