Mexican GP 1963

OCTOBER 27, 1963

Mexican GP, 1963

Three weeks after the United States GP the F1 circus gathered again in Mexico City for the penultimate round of the World Championship and it was Jim Clark who took pole in the Lotus ahead of John Surtees in his Ferrari and the BRM of Graham Hill. Fourth on the grid was Dan Gurney's Brabham ahead of Ritchie Ginther's BRM and the Cooper-Climax of Bruce McLaren. Chris Amon was back in action in the Reg Parnell Lola but he was way down on the grid.

The race was dominated by Clark who won by a minute and a half. Behind him the early laps witnessed Jack Brabham climbing through the field from 10th on the grid and by the end of the race he had worked his way up to second ahead of Ginther and Hill (who was slowed by gearbox trouble). Jo Bonnier was fifth with Gurney sixth because of a fuel problem, while Surtees was disqualified for having had a push-start after an early pit stop.

Clark's victory was his sixth of the season and meant that he equaled Juan-Manuel Fangio's record for the number of wins in a year - and Clark had the chance of a seventh victory in the South African Grand Prix in East London on December 28.

Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 25 65 2h09m52.100s  
Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax BT7 65 2h11m33.200s  10 
Richie Ginther BRM P57 65 2h11m46.800s  
Graham Hill BRM P57 64  
11 Jo Bonnier Cooper-Climax T66 62  
Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax BT7 62  
22 Hap Sharp Lotus-BRM 24 61  16 
16 Jim Hall Lotus-BRM 24 60  15 
14 Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM 24 59  
10 12 Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 718 58  18 
11r 13 Moises Solana BRM P57 57 Engine 11 
25 Phil Hill ATS 100 40 Suspension 17 
24 Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 156 36 Misfire 
Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax T66 30 Engine 
10 Pedro Rodriguez Lotus-Climax 25 26 Suspension 20 
17 Masten Gregory Lola-Climax MK 4A 23 Suspension 14 
Trevor Taylor Lotus-Climax 25 19 Engine 12 
dq 23 John Surtees Ferrari 156 19 Push Start In Pits 
26 Giancarlo Baghetti ATS 100 12 Mechanical 21 
18 Chris Amon Lotus-BRM 24 Gearbox 19 
Tony Maggs Cooper-Climax T66 Engine 13 
ns 20 Frank Dochnal Cooper-Climax T53  Accident 22