1955 Italian Grand Prix
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1955 Italian Grand Prix
1955 Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza layout
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza layout
Race details
Date September 11, 1955
Official name XXVI Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent road course
Course length 10.000 km (6.214 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 500.023 km (310.700 mi)
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 2:46.5
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes
Time 2:46.9
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders

The 1955 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, in Monza, Italy on 11 September 1955. It was the seventh and final race of the 1955 World Championship of Drivers.

In the wake of the 1955 Le Mans disaster, the championship was still open after the British Grand Prix; although after that race (with the French Grand Prix already having been cancelled) the German, Swiss and Spanish Grands Prix were all cancelled. This meant that Fangio won the world driver's championship for the 3rd time and the 2nd time in succession.

A new concrete banking had been constructed over where the original slightly banked version was, and the combined 10 km (6.214 mi) Monza circuit was used for the first time since 1933. The Curva Sud had also been modified from 2 right hand corners into one sweeping right-hander known as the "Parabolica".

Of the 4 factory Mercedes cars in the race, Fangio and Moss drove the streamlined, closed-wheel W196's, while Kling and Taruffi drove open-wheel W196's. This was the 4th and last appearance of the streamlined Mercedes cars at a championship GP.

This was the last Grand Prix race for 1950 world champion Nino Farina. This was also the last Mercedes 1-2 finish until the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix, 59 years later. This was also the last Grand Prix win for a Mercedes as an engine manufacturer until the 1997 Australian Grand Prix. This was also the last Grand Prix win for Mercedes as a constructor until the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.[]

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 2:46.5 --
2 16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes 2:46.8 +0.3
3 20 Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 2:48.3 +1.8
4 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 2:49.6 +3.1
5 2 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari 2:49.9 +3.4
6 36 France Jean Behra Maserati 2:50.1 +3.6
7 28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 2:51.1 +4.6
8 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:51.6 +5.1
9 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes 2:51.8 +5.3
10 30 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 2:52.1 +5.6
11 32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Maserati 2:55.3 +8.8
12 12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 2:55.4 +8.9
13 42 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 2:55.5 +9.0
14 6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 2:56.2 +9.7
15 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 2:56.3 +9.8
16 34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 2:58.4 +11.9
17 44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Vanwall 2:59.5 +13.0
18 22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 2:59.8 +13.3
19 26 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 2:59.9 +13.4
20 40 United States John Fitch Maserati 3:03.1 +16.6
21 38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 3:05.2 +18.7
22 24 France Jean Lucas Gordini 3:15.9 +29.4
DNS 46 Italy Luigi Piotti Arzani-Volpini-Maserati
Source:[1]

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 50 2:25:04.4 1 8
2 14 Italy Piero Taruffi Mercedes 50 +0.7 9 6
3 4 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 50 +46.2 4 4
4 36 France Jean Behra Maserati 50 +3:57.5 6 3
5 34 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Maserati 49 +1 Lap 16 2
6 12 Italy Umberto Maglioli Ferrari 49 +1 Lap 12
7 28 Argentina Roberto Mieres Maserati 48 +2 Laps 7
8 8 France Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 47 +3 Laps 15
9 40 United States John Fitch Maserati 46 +4 Laps 20
10 6 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 38 Gearbox 14
Ret 20 Germany Karl Kling Mercedes 32 Gearbox 3
Ret 30 Italy Luigi Musso Maserati 31 Gearbox 10
Ret 38 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 31 Suspension 21
Ret 16 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes 27 Engine 2 11
Ret 26 France Jacques Pollet Gordini 26 Engine 19
Ret 22 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 23 Fuel System 18
Ret 32 United Kingdom Peter Collins Maserati 22 Suspension 11
Ret 42 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 7 Suspension 13
Ret 24 France Jean Lucas Gordini 7 Engine 22
Ret 44 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Vanwall 0 Injection 17
DNS 2 Italy Nino Farina Ferrari Tire 5
DNS 10 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Tire 8
DNS 46 Italy Luigi Piotti Arzani-Volpini-Maserati Engine
Source:[2]
Notes
  • ^1 - 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 40 (41)
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 23
1uparrow green.svg 3 3 Italy Eugenio Castellotti 12
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 France Maurice Trintignant 11 13
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 Italy Nino Farina 10 13
Source: [3]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.


References

  1. ^ "1955 Italian GP Qualification". www.chicanef1.com. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "1955 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Italy 1955 - Championship o STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 2019.



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