British GP 1962

British GP, 1962

For the second year running the British GP was held at Aintree and all the main teams were back in action after strikes had disrupted the appearance of Porsche at the Belgian GP and Ferrari at the French. The Italian team ran only one car for Phil Hill on this occasion. After qualifying Jim Clark was fastest in his Lotus and shared the front row of the grid with John Surtees's Reg Parnell Racing Lola and Innes Ireland in his British Racing Partnership Lotus. Bruce McLaren (Cooper) and Graham Hill (BRM) shared the second row while French GP winner Dan Gurney was on row three in his Porsche alongside his team mate Jo Bonnier and the second BRM of Ritchie Ginther.

Ireland was out of luck on race day when his car failed to get off the line with a gearbox problem and that allowed Clark to get into the lead with Surtees, Gurney and McLaren chasing. Jack Brabham made a good start in his private Lotus to be ahead of Hill's BRM. Hill retook the position on the seventh lap but otherwise little changed in the early laps. Clark built up his lead with Surtees second while Gurney ran into clutch trouble and so dropped behind McLaren and later G Hill and Brabham.

There was very little action for the rest of the afternoon and Clark won by nearly a minute.

20 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 25 75 2h26m20.800s  
24 John Surtees Lola-Climax MK 4 75 2h27m10.000s  
16 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T60 75 2h28m05.600s  
12 Graham Hill BRM P57 75 2h28m17.600s  
30 Jack Brabham Lotus-Climax 24 74  
18 Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax T60 74  13 
34 Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 24 74  14 
22 Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 24 74  10 
Dan Gurney Porsche 804 73  
10 42 Jack Lewis Cooper-Climax T53 72  15 
11 40 Tony Settember Emeryson-Climax (61) 71  19 
12 36 Ian Burgess Cooper-Climax T53 71  16 
13 14 Richie Ginther BRM P57 70  
14 54 Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 718 69  17 
15 46 Jay Chamberlain Lotus-Climax 18 64  20 
16 32 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 24 61  
Phil Hill Ferrari 156 46 Mechanical 12 
26 Roy Salvadori Lola-Climax MK 4 34 Ignition 11 
10 Jo Bonnier Porsche 804 26 Transmission 
44 Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-BRM 24 10 Overheating 21 
48 Tony Shelly Lotus-Climax 18/21 Overheating 18 
ns 48 Keith Greene Lotus-Climax 18/21  Car Raced By Shelly 22