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1965 Italian Grand Prix

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Date  12 September 1965
Course length  5.750 km (3.573 mi)
1965 Italian Grand Prix
Official name  XXXVI Gran Premio d'Italia
Location  Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza, Italy
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  76 laps, 437.000 km (271.539 mi)

The 1965 Italian Grand Prix (formally the XXXVI Gran Premio d'Italia) was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 12 September 1965. The race, which was the eighth round of the 1965 Formula One season, was won by Jackie Stewart who took his first Grand Prix victory, whilst driving for the BRM team. His teammate - Graham Hill - finished second after a closely contested race between both the pair and pole-sitter and Jim Clark, who driving for the Lotus-Climax team, had secured the 1965 Drivers' Championship at the previous race. His fuel-pump failure with a handful of laps to go, and also the preceding retirement of Ferrari driver John Surtees, ensured that Dan Gurney of the Brabham-Climax team picked up the final position on the podium.


Race report

Jim Clark duelled for the lead through the first two-thirds of the race with Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and John Surtees (who dropped out with clutch problems), until lap 64 when his fuel pump failed. Stewart took up the lead and it was expected that he would move over to give his team leader the victory. The enthusiastic crowd were waiting for the BRM cars to come over the line in formation. However, on the approach to the Parabolica on the last time, Hill moved over too far and bounced across the grass, struggling to maintain grip on the mud and gravel. Stewart therefore claimed his first win in a BRM 1-2 from Hill. Dan Gurney took the final podium place and Lorenzo Bandini, Bruce McLaren and Richard Attwood completed the placings. The race featured 42 lead changes between four drivers (all British), the most ever in a Formula One motor race.

Lap leaders

  • Jim Clark 19 laps (1-2, 4, 7, 10, 18, 21, 27, 33-36, 38, 44, 46, 51, 53-54, 57);
  • Graham Hill 13 laps (3, 5, 25-26, 28, 40, 45, 50, 55-56, 70-71, 73);
  • Jackie Stewart 43 laps (6, 8-9, 11-14, 16-17, 19-20, 22-24, 29-32, 37, 39, 41-43, 47-49, 52, 58-69, 72, 74-76);
  • John Surtees 1 lap (15).
  • Championship standings after the race

  • Notes: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Only best 6 results counted toward the championship. Numbers without parentheses are championship points, numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  • References

    1965 Italian Grand Prix Wikipedia

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