Monaco GP 1960

Monaco GP, 1960

Rob Walker decided that Stirling Moss would achieve most in 1960 with a Lotus 18 and so switched from Cooper to Lotus before Monaco. Ferrari had also made changes having bought a Cooper and then built a car incorporating some of the ideas. The new car, called the 246P was to be raced by American F1 new boy Ritchie Ginther, while Scuderia Eugenio Castellotti ran the Ferrari-Cooper for Giorgio Scarlatti. Also new were two Scarab F1 cars for American millionaire Lance Reventlow and his engineer Chuck Daigh.

Moss took pole by a second with Jack Brabham's Cooper and Chris Bristow's BRP Cooper alongside, while Jo Bonnier shared the second row with Tony Brooks's BRP Cooper.

At the start Bonnier took the lead with Brabham second and Moss third ahead of Brooks and Bristow in the BRP Coopers. Moss took Brabham on lap five and then shadowed Bonnier until lap 17 when he took the lead. Further back Bristow went out with gearbox trouble. Brabham passed Bonnier on lap 20 but the Swede fought back and on lap 27 retook the position.

The pattern of the race was turned upside down when rain came. Brabham passed Bonnier and Moss to take the lead while Brooks spun back down the order, leaving McLaren in fourth place battling with Phil Hill. After six laps in the lead Brabham spun into the wall at Ste Devote and Moss was back in the lead but he had to pit to replace a plug-lead and so Bonnier was back ahead until Moss caught him. Bonnier went out soon afterwards with a broken suspension and G Hill crashed. This meant that McLaren finished second with Phil Hill third and Brooks the only other survivor.

Others brought out their damaged and broken cars at the end in an effort to get World Championship points.

28 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 18 100 2h53m45.500s  
10 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T53 100 2h54m37.600s  11 
36 Phil Hill Ferrari D246 100 2h54m47.400s  10 
18 Tony Brooks Cooper-Climax T51 99  
Jo Bonnier BRM P48 83  
34 Richie Ginther Ferrari D246P 70  
7r Graham Hill BRM P48 66 Accident 
8r 38 Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari D246 61 Clutch 
22 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 18 56  
nc Dan Gurney BRM P48 44  14 
dq Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax T53 40 Push Start After Spin 
14 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T51 29 Overheating 12 
24 Alan Stacey Lotus-Climax 18 23 Engine Mounting 13 
26 John Surtees Lotus-Climax 18 17 Transmission 15 
16 Chris Bristow Cooper-Climax T51 17 Gearbox 
44 Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati T51 Gearbox 16 
nq 12 Bruce Halford Cooper-Climax T51   17 
nq 20 Brian Naylor JBW-Maserati (59)   18 
nq 30 Giorgio Scarlatti Cooper-Castellotti T51   19 
nq 32 Cliff Allison Ferrari D246  Accident/ Injury 20 
nq 40 Masten Gregory Cooper-Maserati T51   21 
nq 42 Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax T51   22 
nq 46 Chuck Daigh Scarab    23