1963

The 13th season of the Formula One championship started on May 20th and ended just before end of 1962 on December 29th after nice races.

1962 will not be remembered as the year of Ferrari: the italian team wasn’t able to keep the pace of the british teams and this lead to internal issue and rivalry.

1962 saw the end of the career of one of the greatest drivers of any time, Stirling Moss, who crashed at the beginning of the season and stopped to race just before the championship was starting.

BRM instead had in the 1962 the confirmation of its value, which thanks to an unpredictable Graham Hill was able to challenge the impressively powerful Lotus 25 driven by Jim Clark. Cooper again ready to battle, but also Porsche didn’t sit and look, but pushed hard to keep the pace of the british teams.

One revelation of the year has been for sure Brabham, who emerged as constructor and was able to make its first point during the season.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Monaco 26/05/1963 Graham Hill BRM 100 2:41’49.7
Belgium 09/06/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 32 2:27’47.6
Netherlands 23/06/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 80 2:08’13.7
France 30/06/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 53 2:10’54.3
Great Britain 20/07/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 82 2:14’09.6
Germany 04/08/1963 John Surtees Ferrari 15 2:13’06.8
Italy 08/09/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 86 2:24’19.6
United States 06/10/1963 Graham Hill BRM 110 2:19’22.1
Mexico 27/10/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 65 2:09’52.1
South Africa 28/12/1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 85 2:10’36.9

The championship went to Graham Hill on BRM, in front of Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren. John Surtees was 4th in the overall championship and Gurney fifth.

 Final Championship Standing

1              Graham Hill           42
2              Jim Clark                30
3              Bruce McLaren   27
4              John Surtees              19
5              Dan Gurney                15
6              Phil Hill                        14
7              Tony Maggs                13
8              Richie Ginther           10
9              Jack Brabham              9
10           Trevor Taylor              6

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