German GP 1961

German GP, 1961

The German Grand Prix featured a huge field of cars with Ferrari turning up with four cars, Wolfgang Von Trips, Phil Hill and Ritchie Ginther being joined by Willy Mairesse, although the Belgian had an older engine in his car. Jack Brabham had the new Climax V8 FWMV engine for the first time in his factory Cooper, while Porsche had four cars, Edgar Barth joining Jo Bonnier, Dan Gurney and Hans Herrmann.

Qualifying saw Hill record a remarkable lap of 8m55.2s, which was nearly six seconds faster than Brabham's best, with Moss third quickest in his Rob Walker Lotus 18. Bonnier completed the front row in his Porsche. The second row featured Von Trips, Graham Hill in his BRM and Gurney.

The race started in damp conditions and Brabham led the field away only to spin out and crash on that first lap. This put Moss in the lead ahead of Bonnier and Gurney. Phil Hill charged up and took the lead during the first lap by Moss put the American back in his place before they reached the finish line again. Moss would stay ahead for the rest of the race while Von Trips came up and overtook Hill for second after a long battle. Towards the end of the race it started to rain but this had no effect on Moss. He extended his lead...

Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 18/21 15 2h18m12.400s  
Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 156 15 2h18m33.800s  
Phil Hill Ferrari 156 15 2h18m34.900s  
14 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 21 15 2h19m29.500s  
18 John Surtees Cooper-Climax T53 15 2h20m05.500s  10 
Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T55 15 2h20m53.800s  12 
Dan Gurney Porsche 718 15 2h21m35.000s  
Richie Ginther Ferrari 156 15 2h23m35.500s  14 
28 Jack Lewis Cooper-Climax T53 15 2h23m36.100s  18 
10 19 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T53 15 2h30m23.900s  15 
11 33 Tony Maggs Lotus-Climax 18 14  22 
12 30 Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax T53 14  24 
13 11 Hans Herrmann Porsche 718 14  11 
14 31 Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 718 14  17 
Willy Mairesse Ferrari 156 13 Accident 13 
15 37 Tony Marsh Lotus-Climax 18 13  20 
16 27 Gerry Ashmore Lotus-Climax 18 13  25 
20 Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati T51 12 Engine 21 
38 Bernard Collomb Cooper-Climax T53 11 Engine 26 
32 Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati T53 10 Engine 19 
16 Tony Brooks BRM-Climax P48/57 Engine 
Jo Bonnier Porsche 718 Engine 
26 Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 18 Steering 23 
15 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 21 Fire 16 
17 Graham Hill BRM-Climax P48/57 Accident 
Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax T58 Throttle Jammed/ Accident 
ns 25 Michel May Lotus-Climax 18  Accident 27