United States GP 1960

United States GP, 1960

The final World Championship event of the year took place 10 weeks after the penultimate event and Ferrari did not bother to travel to California but Phil Hill found a ride in a fourth BRP Cooper and Wolfgang Von Trips found a ride in a Cooper-Maserati run by Scuderia Centro Sud. Ron Flockhart turned up in the third factory Cooper and Jim Hall made his F1 debut in a private Lotus 18 and Chuck Daigh reappeared in one of Lance Reventlow's Scarabs.

Moss, by now recovered from his early season injuries, took pole by 0.6secs from World Champion Jack Brabham and Dan Gurney in his BRM. Jo Bonnier's BRM shared the second row with Jim Clark's Lotus.

Brabham made the best start and led Moss for the first four laps but then he heard an explosion at back end of the car and pitted. He made two stops to try to solve the problem which was traced to overflow petrol hitting the hot exhausts of the Climax engine.

Moss moved into the lead when Brabham pitted and he stayed ahead all the way to the chequered flag. Early on he was chased by Gurney but he went out with plug problems and Bonnier followed, retiring from second with engine trouble. This left Innes Ireland to finish second for Team Lotus with the second factory Cooper of Bruce McLaren third.

Brabham finished fourth, a lap behind at the finish.

Jim Hall drove a good race to run fourth but he dropped the seventh at the end when his transmission failed and he had to push the car to the finish line.

Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 18 75 2h28m52.200s  
10 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 18 75 2h29m30.200s  
Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T53 75 2h30m14.200s  10 
Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax T53 74  
15 Jo Bonnier BRM P48 74  
Phil Hill Cooper-Climax T51 74  13 
24 Jim Hall Lotus-Climax 18 73  12 
14 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T51 73  15 
26 Wolfgang von Trips Cooper-Maserati T51 72  16 
10 23 Chuck Daigh Scarab  70  18 
11 25 Peter Lovely Cooper-Castellotti T45 69  20 
12 Olivier Gendebien Cooper-Climax T51 69  
13 20 Bob Drake Maserati 250F 68  22 
14 Henry Taylor Cooper-Climax T51 68  14 
15 18 Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati T51 66  19 
16 12 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 18 61  
17 Graham Hill BRM P48 34 Gearbox 11 
19 Ian Burgess Cooper-Maserati T51 29 Ignition 23 
21 Brian Naylor JBW-Maserati (59) 20 Engine 17 
16 Dan Gurney BRM P48 18 Overheating 
Ron Flockhart Cooper-Climax T51 11 Transmission 21 
Tony Brooks Cooper-Climax T51 Spin 
11 John Surtees Lotus-Climax 18 Accident