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1959 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1959 Formula One season included the 10th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on May 10, 1959, and ended on December 12 after nine races. Jack Brabham won the title in a sport still reeling from the tragic loss of several drivers, including reigning champion Mike Hawthorn.

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Season summary

Vanwall's withdrawal, believed to have been a result of the high mortality rate of the 1958 season, left Ferrari as the only race-winning team in the Championship. However, the British dominance continued with Cooper's revolutionary rear-engined cars. Powered by the compact Coventry-Climax 2.5 litre engine, the Coopers driven by Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Bruce McLaren won five races and BRM finally won one in the hands of Jo Bonnier.

Aston Martin also appeared with a car which, in the face of Cooper's rear-engined revolution, was outdated and overweight. The German Grand Prix was held for the second time on the very high speed AVUS circuit, where Ferrari's Jean Behra was killed during an unrelated sports car race.

Ferrari's Tony Brooks took the fight to the Coopers and going into the final race he, Moss or Brabham could win the title. Moss retired from the race, the inaugural United States Grand Prix, giving Brabham the lead. Brabham ran out of fuel on the last lap but pushed his car across the line to finish fourth. With Brooks unable to do better than third Brabham became the first Australian World Champion while Cooper won the Constructors crown.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix May 10 Monaco Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
2 United States Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis United States Rodger Ward United States Watson-Offenhauser Report
3 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix May 31 Zandvoort Sweden Joakim Bonnier United Kingdom BRM Report
4 France French Grand Prix July 5 Reims United Kingdom Tony Brooks Italy Ferrari Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 18 Aintree Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
6 Germany German Grand Prix August 2 AVUS United Kingdom Tony Brooks Italy Ferrari Report
7 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix August 23 Monsanto Park United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
8 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
9 United States United States Grand Prix December 12 Sebring New Zealand Bruce McLaren United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report

Teams and Drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1959 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Germany Scuderia Colonia Porsche 718 Porsche F4 D Germany Wolfgang Seidel 1
Germany Porsche KG Porsche Behra
718
Porsche F4 D Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis 1
Germany Wolfgang von Trips 1, 6
Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D Brazil Fritz d'Orey 1, 4-7
Uruguay Asdrúbal Fontes Bayardo 4
Cooper T51 Maserati L4 United Kingdom Ian Burgess 4-8
United Kingdom Colin Davis 4, 8
Germany Hans Herrmann 5
Portugal Mario Araujo de Cabral 7
Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Cooper T51 Climax L4 D Belgium Lucien Bianchi 1
Belgium Alain de Changy 1
France Jean Lucienbonnet Cooper T45 Climax L4 D France Jean Lucienbonnet 1
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM L4 D United States Harry Schell 1, 3-8
Sweden Jo Bonnier 1, 3-8
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart 1, 4-5, 7-8
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T51 Climax L4
Maserati L4
D New Zealand Bruce McLaren 1, 4-9
Australia Jack Brabham 1, 3-9
United States Masten Gregory 1, 3-7
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 8
United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone Cooper T43 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Brian Whitehouse 1
United Kingdom Rob Walker Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1, 3, 6-9
France Maurice Trintignant 1, 3-9
United Kingdom British Racing Partnership Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 1
5
Borgward L4
United Kingdom Chris Bristow 5
BRM P25 BRM L4 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 4, 5
Germany Hans Herrmann 6
United Kingdom Emeryson Cars Cooper T51 Alta L4 D United Kingdom Paul Emery 1
United Kingdom High Efficiency Motors Cooper T45 Maserati L4 D United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 1, 4, 9
Climax L4 United Kingdom Jack Fairman 5, 8
United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Graham Hill 1, 3-8
United States Pete Lovely 1
United Kingdom Innes Ireland 3-9
United Kingdom Alan Stacey 5, 9
United Kingdom John Fisher Lotus 16 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Bruce Halford 1, 5
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D246
D156
Ferrari V6 D France Jean Behra 1, 3-4
United States Phil Hill 1, 3-4, 6-9
United Kingdom Tony Brooks 1, 3-4, 6-9
United Kingdom Cliff Allison 1, 3, 6, 8-9
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 4, 8
United States Dan Gurney 4, 6-8
Germany Wolfgang von Trips 9
Italy Scuderia Ugolini Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 1, 4
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 4
Italy Giulio Cabianca 8
Monaco Monte Carlo Auto Sport Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D Monaco André Testut 1
Australia Ken Kavanagh Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D Australia Ken Kavanagh 1
United Kingdom David Brown Corporation Aston Martin DBR4 Aston Martin L6 A United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 3, 5, 7-8
United States Carroll Shelby 3, 5, 7-8
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 3
United Kingdom Vandervell Products Ltd Vanwall VW 59 Vanwall L4 D United Kingdom Tony Brooks 5
United Kingdom Brian Naylor JBW 59 Maserati L4 D United Kingdom Brian Naylor 5
United Kingdom Ace Garage Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 5
United Kingdom Equipe Alan Brown Cooper T45 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Mike Taylor 5
United Kingdom Peter Ashdown 5
United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Cooper T45 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Keith Greene 5
United Kingdom United Racing Stable Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Bill Moss 5
United Kingdom Reg Parnell Cooper T51
T45
Climax L4 D United Kingdom Henry Taylor 5
United Kingdom Tim Parnell 5
United Kingdom David Fry Fry F2 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Mike Parkes 5
United Kingdom Dennis Taylor Lotus 12 Climax L4 D United Kingdom Dennis Taylor 5
United Kingdom Dorchester Service Station Lotus 16 Climax L4 D United Kingdom David Piper 5
France Jean Behra Porsche Behra Porsche F4 D France Jean Behra 6
United States Leader Cards Inc. Kurtis Kraft Midget Offenhauser L4  ? United States Rodger Ward 9
Italy OSCA Automobili Cooper T43 OSCA L4 D Italy Alessandro de Tomaso 9
United States Camoradi International Tec-Mec F415 Maserati L6 D Brazil Fritz d'Orey 9
United Kingdom Mike Taylor Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United States George Constantine 9
United States Blanchard Automobile Co Porsche RSK Porsche F4  ? United States Harry Blanchard 9
United Kingdom Connaught Cars Connaught C Alta L4 D United States Bob Said 9
France Ecurie Bleue Cooper T51 Climax L4 D United States Harry Schell 9
Venezuela Ettore Chimeri Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D Venezuela Ettore Chimeri 9
United States Phil Cade Maserati 250F Maserati L6 D United States Phil Cade 9

1959 Constructors Championship final standings

Points awarded on an 8-6-4-3-2 basis for the first five finishers at each race. Points scored per race:

Pos. Manufacturer MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.[1]
1 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 8 6 4 8 3 8 8 8 40 (53)
2 Italy Ferrari 6 2 8 8 4 6 4 32 (38)
3 United Kingdom BRM 0 8 0 6 2 2 0 18
4 United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Aston Martin 0 0 0 0 0
Germany Porsche 0 0 DNS 0 0
Italy Maserati DNQ 0 0 WD WD 0 DNS 0
United Kingdom Cooper-Borgward 0 0
United Kingdom JBW-Maserati 0 0
United Kingdom Vanwall 0 0
United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 0
United Kingdom Cooper-OSCA 0 0
Italy Tec-Mec-Maserati 0 0
United Kingdom Connaught-Alta WD 0 0
United Kingdom Fry-Climax DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.

1959 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
500
United States
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.[1]
1 Australia Jack Brabham 1 2 3 1 Ret Ret 3 4 31 (34)
2 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 2 Ret 1 Ret 1 9 Ret 3 27
3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Ret Ret DSQ 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 25.5
4 United States Phil Hill 4 6 2 3 Ret 2 Ret 20
5 France Maurice Trintignant 3 8 11 5 4 4 9 2 19
6 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 5 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 16.5
7 United States Dan Gurney Ret 2 3 4 13
8 Sweden Joakim Bonnier Ret 1 Ret Ret 5 Ret 8 10
9 United States Masten Gregory Ret 3 Ret 7 Ret 2 10
10 United States Rodger Ward 1 Ret 8
11 United States Jim Rathmann 2 6
12 United States Johnny Thomson 3 5
13 United States Harry Schell Ret Ret 7 4 7 5 7 Ret 5
14 United Kingdom Innes Ireland 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 5
15 Belgium Olivier Gendebien 4 6 3
16 United States Tony Bettenhausen 4 3
17 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 2
18 France Jean Behra Ret 5 Ret 2
19 United States Paul Goldsmith 5 2
20 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 6 Ret Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 0
21 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart Ret 6 Ret 7 13 0
22 United Kingdom Ian Burgess Ret Ret 6 14 0
23 Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ret 6 0
24 United States Johnny Boyd 6 0
25 United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
26 United States Duane Carter 7 0
27 United States Harry Blanchard 7 0
28 United States Carroll Shelby Ret Ret 8 10 0
29 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti DNQ 8 12 0
30 United Kingdom Alan Stacey 8 Ret 0
31 United States Eddie Johnson 8 0
32 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 10 9 0
33 United States Paul Russo 9 0
34 Brazil Fritz d'Orey 10 Ret Ret 0
35 United States A. J. Foyt 10 0
36 United Kingdom Chris Bristow 10 0
37 Portugal Mario de Araujo Cabral 10 0
38 United Kingdom Colin Davis Ret 11 0
39 United States Gene Hartley 11 0
40 United Kingdom Henry Taylor 11 0
41 United States Bob Veith 12 0
42 United Kingdom Peter Ashdown 12 0
43 United States Al Herman 13 0
44 United Kingdom Ivor Bueb DNQ 13 0
45 United States Jimmy Daywalt 14 0
46 United States Chuck Arnold 15 0
47 Italy Giulio Cabianca 15 0
48 United States Jim McWithey 16 0
Germany Hans Herrmann Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jack Fairman Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Bruce Halford Ret 0
United States Eddie Sachs Ret 0
United States Al Keller Ret 0
United States Dick Rathmann Ret 0
United States Bill Cheesbourg Ret 0
United States Don Freeland Ret 0
United States Ray Crawford Ret 0
United States Don Branson Ret 0
United States Bob Christie Ret 0
United States Bobby Grim Ret 0
United States Jack Turner Ret 0
United States Jud Larson Ret 0
United States Jimmy Bryan Ret 0
United States Red Amick Ret 0
United States Len Sutton Ret 0
United States Pat Flaherty Ret 0
United States Mike Magill Ret 0
United States Chuck Weyant Ret 0
United Kingdom Brian Naylor Ret 0
United Kingdom David Piper Ret 0
United Kingdom Mike Taylor Ret 0
Argentina Alessandro de Tomaso Ret 0
United States George Constantine Ret 0
United States Bob Said Ret 0
Belgium Alain de Changy DNQ 0
Belgium Lucien Bianchi DNQ 0
Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis DNQ 0
United States Pete Lovely DNQ 0
France Jean Lucienbonnet DNQ 0
Monaco André Testut DNQ 0
United Kingdom Bill Moss DNQ 0
United Kingdom Keith Greene DNQ 0
United Kingdom Mike Parkes DNQ 0
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor DNQ 0
United Kingdom Dennis Taylor DNQ 0
United Kingdom Tim Parnell DNQ 0
Uruguay Azdrubal Fontes DNS 0
United States Phil Cade DNS 0
Pos. Driver MON
Monaco
500
United States
NED
Netherlands
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)

Non-Championship race results

Other Formula One races also held in 1959, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom VII Glover Trophy Goodwood March 30 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom XIV BARC Aintree 200 Aintree April 18 France Jean Behra Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom XI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone May 2 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom VI International Gold Cup Oulton Park September 26 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom IV Silver City Trophy Snetterton October 10 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart United Kingdom BRM Report

Notes

  1. ^ a b Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
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Simple English

The 1959 Formula One season was the 9th of the championship. The champion was Jack Brabham in a close battle.

Season review

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Monaco Grand Prix May 10 Monaco Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
2 Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis Rodger Ward Watson-Offenhauser Report
3 Dutch Grand Prix May 31 Zandvoort Joakim Bonnier BRM Report
4 French Grand Prix July 5 Reims Tony Brooks Ferrari Report
5 British Grand Prix July 18 Aintree Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Report
6 German Grand Prix August 2 AVUS Tony Brooks Ferrari Report
7 Portuguese Grand Prix August 23 Monsanto Park Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax Report
8 Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax Report
9 United States Grand Prix December 12 Sebring Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Report

1959 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos. Driver MON
500
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
Pts.[1]
1 Jack Brabham 1* 2 3 1 Ret Ret 3 4 31 (34)
2 Tony Brooks 2 Ret 1 Ret 1* 9 Ret 3 27
3 Stirling Moss Ret Ret* DSQ* 2* Ret 1* 1 Ret 25.5
4 Phil Hill 4 6 2 3 Ret 2* Ret 20
5 Maurice Trintignant 3 8 11 5 4 4 9 2* 19
6 Bruce McLaren 5 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 1 16.5
7 Dan Gurney Ret 2 3 4 13
8 Joakim Bonnier Ret 1 Ret Ret 5 Ret 8 10
9 Masten Gregory Ret 3 Ret 7 Ret 2 10
10 Rodger Ward 1 Ret 8
11 Jim Rathmann 2 6
12 Johnny Thomson 3* 5
13 Harry Schell Ret Ret 7 4 7 5 7 Ret 5
14 Innes Ireland 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 5
15 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Olivier Gendebien 4 6 3
16 Tony Bettenhausen 4 3
17 Cliff Allison Ret 9 Ret 5 Ret 2
18 Jean Behra Ret 5 Ret 2
19 Paul Goldsmith 5 2
20 Roy Salvadori 6 Ret Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 0
21 Ron Flockhart Ret 6 Ret 7 13 0
22 Ian Burgess Ret Ret 6 14 0
23 Wolfgang von Trips Ret 6 0
24 Johnny Boyd 6 0
25 Graham Hill Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 0
26 Duane Carter 7 0
27 Harry Blanchard 7 0
28 Carroll Shelby Ret Ret 8 10 0
29 Giorgio Scarlatti DNQ 8 12 0
30 Alan Stacey 8 Ret 0
31 Eddie Johnson 8 0
32 Carel Godin de Beaufort 10 9 0
33 Paul Russo 9 0
34 Fritz d'Orey 10 Ret Ret 0
35 A. J. Foyt 10 0
36 Chris Bristow 10 0
37 Mario de Araujo Cabral 10 0
38 Colin Davis Ret 11 0
39 Gene Hartley 11 0
40 Henry Taylor 11 0
41 Bob Veith 12 0
42 Peter Ashdown 12 0
43 Al Herman 13 0
44 Ivor Bueb DNQ 13 0
45 Jimmy Daywalt 14 0
46 Chuck Arnold 15 0
47 Giulio Cabianca 15 0
48 Jim McWithey 16 0
Hans Herrmann Ret Ret 0
Jack Fairman Ret Ret 0
Bruce Halford Ret 0
Eddie Sachs Ret 0
Al Keller Ret 0
Dick Rathmann Ret 0
Bill Cheesbourg Ret 0
Don Freeland Ret 0
Ray Crawford Ret 0
Don Branson Ret 0
Bob Christie Ret 0
Bobby Grim Ret 0
Jack Turner Ret 0
Jud Larson Ret 0
Jimmy Bryan Ret 0
Red Amick Ret 0
Len Sutton Ret 0
Pat Flaherty Ret 0
Mike Magill Ret 0
Chuck Weyant Ret 0
Brian Naylor Ret 0
David Piper Ret 0
Mike Taylor Ret 0
Alessandro de Tomaso Ret 0
George Constantine Ret 0
Bob Said Ret 0
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Alain de Changy DNQ 0
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lucien Bianchi DNQ 0
Maria Teresa de Filippis DNQ 0
Pete Lovely DNQ 0
Jean Lucienbonnet DNQ 0
Andre Testut DNQ 0
Bill Moss DNQ 0
Keith Greene DNQ 0
Mike Parkes DNQ 0
Trevor Taylor DNQ 0
Dennis Taylor DNQ 0
Tim Parnell DNQ 0
Azdrubal Fontes DNS 0
Phil Cade DNS 0
Pos. Driver MON
500
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

References

  1. Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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