Formula One Legends: World Championship 1956

8 races have composed the 7th Formula One World Champion of history, in 1956.

Several changes happened over the winter, the main one has seen Mercedes withdrawing from racing competitions.

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

Fangio had to find a new seat and Ferrari has been more than happy to accommodate the flamboyant argentinian driver. Lancia team was purchased by the ‘’Cavallino Rampante’’ too and Ferrari was able to have a real dreat team of drivers, with Fangio, Musso, Castellotti and Collins.

The other Mercedes driver left without car was Moss, winner of a GP in 1955, and for Stirling opened the door of another Italian team, Maserati together with Jean Behra.

This championship will be nip&tuck till the last race of the season with Fangio, Collins and Behra. And here it has happened what only can happened in Formula One.

At the last race, in Monza, Fangio retired and since Musso didn’t want to share his car with Fangio the games for the argentinian seemed to be closed.

But Collins with an incredible act, which has no comparison in any other sport event, decided to share his car with Fangio, allowing him to arrive second behind Moss and  to win his third title in a row.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Argentina 22/01/1956 Luigi Musso Ferrari 98 3:00’03.7
Monaco 13/05/1956 Stirling Moss Maserati 100 3:00’32.9
Indianapolis 500 30/05/1956 Pat Flaherty Watson 200 3:53’28.84
Belgium 03/06/1956 Peter Collins Ferrari 36 2:40’00.3
France 01/07/1956 Peter Collins Ferrari 61 2:34’23.4
Great Britain 14/07/1956 Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 101 2:59’47.0
Germany 05/08/1956 Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 22 3:38’43.7
Italy 02/09/1956 Stirling Moss Maserati 50 2:23’413


Peter Collins

Peter Collins

Final Championship Classification

Pos. Driver Pts.
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 30 (33)
2 Stirling Moss 27 (28)
3 Peter Collins 25
4 Jean Behra 22
5 Pat Flaherty 8
6 Eugenio Castellotti 7.5
7 Sam Hanks 6
8 Paul Frère 6
9 Paco Godia 6
10 Jack Fairman 5

Collins with a remarkable act preferred to lose the Championship in order to be able to have the fairest competition possible.


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