Monaco GP 1965

Monaco GP, 1965

There was a gap for five months between the first two Grands Prix of the 1965 season and the annual round of non-championship events resulted in victories for Team Lotus number two Mike Spence at the Race of Champions; for Jim Clark at Syracuse and Goodwood and for BRM's new boy Jackie Stewart at the International Trophy (although Jim Clark and Dan Gurney were in America and did not take part). Monaco fell on the same weekend as the Indianapolis 500 and as a result neither Clark nor Gurney entered for Monaco. The organizers and Team Lotus then got into a fight and the result was that the team withdrew. Graham Hill took pole position in his BRM with Jack Brabham second. The second row consisted of Stewart and Ferrari's number two Lorenzo Bandini while John Surtees and Richard Attwood (in a Reg Parnell Racing Lotus) shared the third row. The fourth row featured Bruce McLaren's Cooper and Denny Hulme, making his F1 debut as a stand-in for Gurney at Brabham.

The two BRMs made the best starts and so Hill led Stewart for the early part of the race chased by Bandini, Surtees, Brabham and McLaren. On lap 25 Hill was coming up to lap the private Brabham of Bob Anderson which was going very slowly because of a mechanical problem. Hill had to go up an escape road to avoid hitting the backmarker and he dropped to fifth place. Stewart led for the next four laps and then had a spin at Ste Devote and dropped to fourth, just ahead of Hill. This left Brabham in the lead, the Australian having worked his way up past the two Ferraris, but he went out with an engine failure soon afterwards and so Bandini was left ahead. While this was going on Hill was making progress, having passed Stewart and then Hill. On lap 65 he took the lead from Bandini while Stewart closed on Surtees and took third place on lap 77. Two laps later there was a dramatic incident when Paul Hawkins spun his private Lotus at the chicane and went into the harbor. He emerged unhurt.

Hill duly recorded his third consecutive Monaco victory.

Graham Hill BRM P261 100 2h37m39.600s  
17 Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 1512 100 2h38m43.600s  
Jackie Stewart BRM P261 100 2h39m21.500s  
4r 18 John Surtees Ferrari 158 99 Out Of Fuel 
Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T77 98  
14 Jo Siffert Brabham-BRM BT11 98  10 
12 Jo Bonnier Brabham-Climax BT7 97  13 
Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax BT7 92  
Bob Anderson Brabham-Climax BT11 85  
10r 10 Paul Hawkins Lotus-Climax 33 79 Accident 14 
Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT11 43 Engine 
15 Richard Attwood Lotus-BRM 25 43 Accident 
19 Ronnie Bucknum Honda RA272 33 Gear Linkage 15 
11 Frank Gardner Brabham-BRM BT11 29 Engine Mounting 11 
16 Mike Hailwood Lotus-BRM 25 11 Gearbox 12 
20 Richie Ginther Honda RA272 Drive Shaft 16 
nq Jochen Rindt Cooper-Climax T77   17