Monaco GP 1964

Monaco GP, 1964

The World Championship of 1964 started at Monaco and there were some important changes to the field that had finished the 1963 season. Team Lotus continued with Jim Clark but Trevor Taylor was dropped in favor of Peter Arundell and (when he was not available) Mike Spence. Ferrari continued with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini while BRM produced the new P261 for Graham Hill and Ritchie Ginther. Brabham had the BT7 for himself and Dan Gurney and the BT11 for his customers. The Cooper Car Company team was being run by Ken Tyrrell following John Cooper's road accident the previous year and it entered Bruce McLaren and Phil Hill (the ATS team having given up). Giancarlo Baghetti and Tony Maggs went to Scuderia Centro Sud with BRM chassis once again, while BRP continued to develop its own cars for Innes Ireland and Taylor. Reg Parnell had died unexpectedly in January after an appendix operation and his team had been taken over by his son Tim, who ran a pair of Lotus-BRMs for Mike Hailwood and Chris Amon. The privateer teams increased in number with Peter Revson, Bob Anderson, Jo Siffert and others joining Rob Walker (who ran Jo Bonnier) and everyone waited with interest to see what Honda would achieve with little-known US driver Ronnie Bucknum.

In the pre-season non-championship events Ireland (who was back after smashing his hip in a crash in America) had given BRP a win in the wet at Snetterton, Clark had won at Goodwood and Surtees at Syracuse while Brabham was looking strong with wins at Aintree and in the International Trophy at Silverstone.

At Monaco Clark and Brabham qualified on the front row of the grid with Surtees and G Hill third and fourth. Then came Arundell, Gurney, Ginther and Bandini. Ireland had hurt his knee in a road accident on his way to Monaco and then crashed in practice and did himself more damage so he was a nonstarter.

At the start Clark took the lead from Brabham, G Hill, Gurney, Surtees and Ginther. Gurney quickly moved ahead of Hill and Brabham while Surtees dropped back with gearbox problems Brabham also dropped back with engine troubles. Clark's car had been trailing an anti-roll bar from early in the race and rather than be black-flagged Colin Chapman called him into the pits for repairs. This dropped him to third behind Gurney and Hill. The American then began to suffer from a fuel leak and Hill was able to close up while Clark chased after the pair of them. They were soon together and on lap 53 Hill took the lead. Gurney stayed second but stopped on lap 62 with gearbox failure. Clark could do nothing to catch Hill on this occasion and in the final laps the Lotus stopped with an engine problem, leaving Hill a lap clear of everyone else. Second place went to the second BRM of Ginther with Arundell third in the second Lotus.

Graham Hill BRM P261 100 2h41m19.500s  
Richie Ginther BRM P261 99  
11 Peter Arundell Lotus-Climax 25 97  
4r 12 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 25 96 Engine 
19 Jo Bonnier Cooper-Climax T66 96  11 
18 Mike Hailwood Lotus-BRM 25 96  15 
7r 16 Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax BT11 86 Gearbox 12 
24 Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM 24 78  16 
9r Phil Hill Cooper-Climax T73 70 Suspension 
10r 20 Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 156 67 Gearbox 
Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax BT7 61 Gearbox 
Maurice Trintignant BRM P57 53 Driver Exhausted 13 
Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT7 29 Fuel Injection 
10 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T66 17 Mechanical 10 
21 John Surtees Ferrari 158 14 Gearbox 
15 Trevor Taylor BRP-BRM MK 1 Fuel Leak 14 
ns 14 Innes Ireland Lotus-BRM 24  Accident/ Injury 17 
nq 17 Chris Amon Lotus-BRM 25   18 
nq Peter Revson Lotus-BRM 24   19 
nq Bernard Collomb Lotus-Climax 24   20