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1959 Dutch Grand Prix

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Date  31 May 1959
Weather  Sunny
Course length  4.193 km (2.605 mi)
1959 Dutch Grand Prix
Location  Circuit Park Zandvoort Zandvoort, Netherlands
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  75 laps, 314.47 km (195.37 mi)

The 1959 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Zandvoort on 31 May 1959. It was the ninth Dutch Grand Prix. The race was held over 75 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 314 kilometres.

The race was won by Swedish driver Joakim Bonnier driving a BRM P25. It would be the only World Championship victory of Bonnier's fifteen-year Grand Prix career. It was also the first win for the Owen Racing Organisation, the race team of the constructor BRM, after almost a decade of effort. Bonnier won by fifteen seconds over Australian driver Jack Brabham driving a Cooper T51, to become the first Swedish driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix. Brabham's American team mate Masten Gregory was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap in his Cooper T51 in third position.

Brabham's second position expanded his championship points lead with Bonnier now second along with the Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward.

The race also marked the last occasion when a non-Formula 1 specification car was allowed to compete in a Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix. The organisers wanted to have a local driver in the race, so Carel Godin de Beaufort was allowed to compete despite his car being a Porsche RSK sports car.

Championship standings after the race

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • References

    1959 Dutch Grand Prix Wikipedia

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