Monaco GP 1961
MAY 14, 1961
Monaco GP, 1961
The 1961 World Championship - with its new 1.5-liter formula - did not start until mid May. Cooper retained the 1960 driver lineup of Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren while Ferrari stayed with Ritchie Ginther, Phil Hill and Wolfgang Von Trips. Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney had transferred from BRM to the Porsche F1 team with Hans Herrmann, while BRP had lost Tony Brooks to BRM and Olivier Gendebien to the new Equipe Nationale Belge which had a pair of Emeryson-Maseratis. John Surtees had transferred from Team Lotus to drive a Reg Parnell Racing Cooper.
Practice saw Jim Clark crash his Lotus heavily at Ste Devote and Lotus's woes continued when Innes Ireland crashed in the tunnel during the final session, destroying his car and breaking his leg. Moss took pole in his Rob Walker Lotus with Ginther's Ferrari and Clark's Lotus sharing the front row. Graham and Phil Hill shared the second row.
At the start Ginther took the lead from Clark and Moss but Jimmy soon had to pit with fuel pump problems and so Bonnier and Gurney took third and fourth in their Porsches.
On lap 14 both Moss and Bonnier were able to pass Ginther and 10 laps later Phil Hill passed both his team mate and Bonnier to move into second but there was no way he was going to catch Moss, who was driving one of the greatest races of his illustrious career. Towards mid-distance Ginther fought back, passing Hill for second and chasing after Moss, closing the gap to just three seconds. Moss responded and won a magnificent victory despite an enormous power disadvantage. Hill finished third and Von Trips was classified fourth despite crashing on the last lap.
|1||20||Stirling Moss||Lotus-Climax 18||100||2h45m50.100s||1|
|2||36||Richie Ginther||Ferrari 156||100||2h45m53.700s||2|
|3||38||Phil Hill||Ferrari 156||100||2h46m31.400s||5|
|4r||40||Wolfgang von Trips||Ferrari 156||98||Engine/ Accident||6|
|5||4||Dan Gurney||Porsche 718||98||10|
|6||26||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax T55||95||7|
|7||42||Maurice Trintignant||Cooper-Maserati T51||95||15|
|8||32||Cliff Allison||Lotus-Climax 18||93||14|
|9||6||Hans Herrmann||Porsche 718||91||12|
|10||28||Jim Clark||Lotus-Climax 21||89||3|
|11r||22||John Surtees||Cooper-Climax T53||68||Fuel Pump||11|
|12r||2||Jo Bonnier||Porsche 787||59||Fuel Injection Pump Drive||9|
|13r||16||Tony Brooks||BRM-Climax P48/57||54||Engine||8|
|r||8||Michel May||Lotus-Climax 18||42||Gearbox||13|
|r||24||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Climax T55||38||Misfire||16|
|r||18||Graham Hill||BRM-Climax P48/57||11||Fuel Pump||4|
|ns||30||Innes Ireland||Lotus-Climax 21||Accident/ Injury||17|
|nq||14||Masten Gregory||Cooper-Climax T53||18|
|nq||10||Lucien Bianchi||Emeryson-Maserati (61)||19|
|nq||34||Henry Taylor||Lotus-Climax 18||20|
|nq||12||Olivier Gendebien||Emeryson-Maserati (61)||21|