British GP 1958

British GP, 1958

The relationship between Enzo Ferrari and Peter Collins had been rather complicated in the summer of 1958 with Ferrari convinced that Collins was losing his edge. At the French GP Collins was demoted to the Ferrari F2 team but team leader Mike Hawthorn stood up to Ferrari and Collins was reinstated in the F1 team. Luigi Musso's death at Reims left Ferrari without one of his top drivers and so Collins's position in the team was suddenly safe. At the British GP Ferrari decided to run only three cars, the third being driven by Wolfgang Von Trips. The opposition came from Vanwall, BRM and Cooper and the front row of the grid boasted one car from each major team with Stirling Moss (Vanwall) fastest from Harry Schell (BRM), Roy Salvadori (Cooper) and Hawthorn. Cliff Allison put his Lotus fifth, while Collins with sixth and Stuart Lewis-Evans seventh.

On the first lap Collins burst through from the second row to lead by the time the field went down Hangar Straight. Moss was second with Hawthorn, Schell, Brooks and Salvadori in a tight bunch behind him. Collins increased the lead lap by lap with Moss and Hawthorn having broken away from the pack. On lap 26 Moss's Vanwall blew its engine and so Collins was left in the comfortable position of having his team mate and friend behind him. Lewis-Evans was third but he was soon overtaken by Salvadori. Hawthorn had a hurried pit stop for oil a few laps later but managed to stay ahead of Salvadori. Collins duly won the race from Hawthorn while Salvadori just managed to hold off Lewis-Evans for third.

Peter Collins Ferrari D246 75 2h09m04.200s  
Mike Hawthorn Ferrari D246 75 2h09m28.400s  
10 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T45 75 2h09m54.800s  
Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall VW (57) 75 2h09m55.000s  
20 Harry Schell BRM P25 75 2h10m19.000s  
11 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax T45 75 2h10m27.400s  10 
Tony Brooks Vanwall VW (57) 74  
Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax T43 73  12 
Carroll Shelby Maserati 250F 72  15 
Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari D246 59 Engine 11 
22 Jo Bonnier Maserati 250F 49 Gearbox 13 
Gerino Gerini Maserati 250F 43 Gearbox 18 
12 Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax T45 40 Clutch 16 
Stirling Moss Vanwall VW (57) 25 Engine 
17 Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 12 21 Engine 
15 Ivor Bueb Connaught-Alta B 19 Gearbox 17 
19 Jean Behra BRM P25 19 Puncture 
18 Alan Stacey Lotus-Climax 16 19 Overheating 20 
16 Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 16 17 Overheating 14 
14 Jack Fairman Connaught-Alta B Engine 19