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British Grand Prix 1955

The 1955 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Aintree on 16 July 1955. It was race 6 of 7 in the 1955 World Championship of Drivers. British driver Stirling Moss led a Mercedes 1–2–3–4 domination of the race, to win his first Formula One race narrowly ahead of his illustrious Argentine teammate Juan Manuel Fangio. Several people, including Moss, believed that the Argentine allowed his British protégé to claim his debut win in front of his home crowd. This was, however, at Moss’ inquiry, consistently denied by Fangio, who claimed that Moss “was simply faster that day.”

Subsequent to the race, the German, Swiss and Spanish Grands Prix were cancelled, in the wake of the Le Mans disaster. With only one Championship round therefore remaining (the Italian Grand Prix some 2 months later), Fangio’s points advantage over Moss was sufficient to secure his third World Drivers’ Championship.

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1955 British Grand Prix
Race details
Date16 July 1955
Official name8th RAC British Grand Prix
LocationAintree Circuit, Liverpool, England
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Distance90 laps, 434.52 km (270.00 mi)
WeatherHot, dry.
Attendance75,000-100,000
Pole position
Driver
  • Stirling Moss
Mercedes
Time2:00.4
Fastest lap
Driver Stirling MossMercedes
Time2:00.4
Podium
First
  • Stirling Moss
Mercedes
Second
  • Juan Manuel Fangio
Mercedes
Third
  • Karl Kling
Mercedes
Lap leaders

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
112 Stirling MossMercedes2:00.4
210 Juan Manuel FangioMercedes2:00.6+0.2
32 Jean BehraMaserati2:01.4+1.0
414 Karl KlingMercedes2:02.0+1.6
550 Piero TaruffiMercedes2:03.0+2.6
66 Roberto MieresMaserati2:03.2+2.8
730 Harry SchellVanwall2:03.8+3.4
88 André SimonMaserati2:04.0+3.6
94 Luigi MussoMaserati2:04.2+3.8
1016 Eugenio CastellottiFerrari2:05.0+4.6
1122 Robert ManzonGordini2:05.0+4.6
1216 Mike HawthornFerrari2:05.4+5.0
1318 Maurice TrintignantFerrari2:05.4+5.0
1436 Tony RoltConnaught-Alta2:06.6+6.2
1528 Ken WhartonVanwall2:08.4+8.0
1646 Lance MacklinMaserati2:08.4+8.0
1732 Kenneth McAlpineConnaught-Alta2:09.6+9.2
1824 Hermano da Silva RamosGordini2:10.6+10.2
1938 Leslie MarrConnaught-Alta2:11.6+11.2
2044 Roy SalvadoriMaserati2:11.6+11.2
2134 Jack FairmanConnaught-Alta2:11.6+11.2
2248 Horace GouldMaserati2:11.8+11.4
2326 Mike SparkenGordini2:12.6+12.2
2442 Peter CollinsMaserati2:13.4+13.0
2540 Jack BrabhamCooper-Bristol2:27.4+27.0
Source:

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
112 Stirling MossMercedes903:07:21.219
210 Juan Manuel FangioMercedes90+0.226
314 Karl KlingMercedes90+1:11.844
450 Piero TaruffiMercedes89+1 Lap53
54 Luigi MussoMaserati89+1 Lap92
616 Mike Hawthorn
Eugenio Castellotti
Ferrari87+3 Laps12
726 Mike SparkenGordini81+9 Laps23
846 Lance MacklinMaserati79+11 Laps16
928 Ken Wharton
Harry Schell
Vanwall72+18 Laps15
Ret18 Maurice TrintignantFerrari59Overheating13
Ret6 Roberto MieresMaserati47Engine6
Ret40 Jack BrabhamCooper-Bristol30Engine25
Ret32 Kenneth McAlpineConnaught-Alta30Oil Pressure17
Ret42 Peter CollinsMaserati28Clutch24
Ret24 Hermano da Silva RamosGordini26Oil Pressure18
Ret44 Roy SalvadoriMaserati23Gearbox20
Ret48 Horace GouldMaserati22Brakes22
Ret30 Harry SchellVanwall20Throttle7
Ret36 Tony Rolt
Peter Walker
Connaught-Alta19Transmission14
Ret38 Leslie MarrConnaught-Alta18Brakes19
Ret20 Eugenio CastellottiFerrari16Transmission10
Ret8 André SimonMaserati9Gearbox8
Ret2 Jean BehraMaserati9Oil Leak3
Ret22 Robert ManzonGordini4Transmission11
DNS34 Jack FairmanConnaught-AltaEngine21
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Championship standings after the race

PosDriverPoints
1 Juan Manuel Fangio33
2 Stirling Moss22
3 Maurice Trintignant11 1⁄3
4 Nino Farina10 1⁄3
5 Bob Sweikert8
Source:

References

Previous race:
1955 Dutch Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1955 season
Next race:
1955 Italian Grand Prix
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