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1961 Belgian Grand Prix

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Date  June 18, 1961
Course length  14.1 km (8.761 mi)
1961 Belgian Grand Prix
Official name  XXI Grote Prijs van Belgie
Location  Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium
Course  Street circuit/Racing facility
Distance  30 laps, 423.0 km (262.8 mi)

The 1961 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 June 1961 at Spa-Francorchamps.

The organizers of the race invited 25 entries, but were only going to pay starting money to 19: sixteen pre-selected cars plus the 3 fastest of the remaining 9. Three of the cars without starting money decided not to race after practicing. A fourth entry was a single car for Cliff Allison and Henry Taylor. The team decided to let the fastest driver in practice compete, but Allison wrecked the car on his first practice lap. The Emeryson cars of Bianchi and Mairesse were also damaged beyond repair in practice, but they competed by using the older Lotus 18s of Marsh and Seidel, who had decided not to race. The race was completely dominated by the Ferrari team, with the four works drivers finishing 1-2-3-4. While Graham Hill made an amazing start to the lead from the third row, he could not hold off the Italian cars and all had passed him by the end of the first lap. There was some excitement for fifth place, with Graham Hill and Surtees passing each other for the position until Hill had to retire with an oil leak on the 24th lap.

Championship standings after the race

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

    1961 Belgian Grand Prix Wikipedia

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