1960

Rear engine appears, is it immediate revolution?

1960 will not be remembered as the most exciting season for Formula One: 2.5 engines were at their last season and the revolution in the point system didn’t bring that excitement that everyone expected.

It  was the last year where cars had a 2.5 liters and the first for many cars adopting a rear engine: Lotus, Porsche and BRM adopted it and at least for Lotus this choice seemed to pay out.

Aston Martin again didn’t succeed on showing high level performances and the same went for Ferrari, whose driver, Phil Hill, could only win the Italian GP, but mainly to do a British boycott, who were against the banked circuit of Monza, apparently to dangerous for them.

The Cooper of Brabham looked to be unreachable during many races, and the Australian brought home again the title, in front of Bruce McLaren and Stirling Moss.

This will be remembered as the last world championship won by a front engined car, which unfortunately also the last year with the magic Indianapolis 500, a race where physical and mental strength, together with a extra powerful engine were making the difference.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Argentina 07/02/1960 Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax 80 2:17’49.5
Monaco 29/05/1960 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 100 2:53’45.5
Indianapolis 500 30/05/1960 Jim Rathmann Watson 200 3:36.11.36
Netherlands 06/06/1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 75 2:01.47.2
Belgium 19/06/1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 36 2:21.37.3
France 03/07/1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 50 1:57’24.9
Great Britain 16/07/1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 77 2:04’24.3
Portugal 14/08/1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 55 2:19’00.03
Italy 04/09/1960 Phil Hill Ferrari 50 2:21’09.2
United States 20/11/1960 Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 75 2:28’52.2

Final Championship Results: – Drivers

  1. Jack Brabham               43
  2. Bruce McLaren            34 (37)
  3. Stirling Moss                 19
  4. Innes Ireland                18
  5. Phil Hill                            16
  6. Olivier Gendebien     10
  7. Wolfgang von               10
  8. Jim Rathmann              8
  9. Richie Ginther              8
  10. Jim Clark                         8

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