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British Grand Prix 1959

The 1959 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Aintree Circuit on 18 July 1959. It was race 5 of 9 in the 1959 World Championship of Drivers and race 4 of 8 in the 1959 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. It was the 14th British Grand Prix and the third to be held at the Aintree Motor Racing Circuit, a circuit mapped out in the grounds of the Aintree Racecourse horse racing venue. The race was held over 75 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 362 kilometres.

The race was won by Australian Jack Brabham taking his second Grand Prix victory in a works Cooper T51. Brabham dominated the race, leading all 75 laps to win by 22 seconds over British driver Stirling Moss driving a British Racing Partnership entered BRM P25. It was the first time a BRP entry finished in the top three. Brabham’s Cooper Car Company teammate, New Zealander Bruce McLaren finished in third place, just 0.2 seconds behind Moss, having lost second place late in the race. Harry Schell finished fourth for the Owen Racing Organisation BRM team a lap behind Brabham.

The British Grand Prix had the biggest entry of the season outside the Indianapolis 500 with 30 cars competing and 24 starting the race, all despite the absence of Ferrari. Strikes in Italy trapped the team at home, leaving the British teams to fight over the race. Ferrari’s new lead driver Tony Brooks was given a release and started the race in a Vanwall but was the first to retire with misfire after 13 laps having started in a lowly 17th after winning the French Grand Prix a few weeks earlier.

The win saw Brabham expand his points lead over Brooks to 13 points. Moss and McLaren moved into fourth place just half a point behind the absent Phil Hill.

On the last lap of this race, McLaren became the youngest driver to set a fastest lap in Formula One, aged 21 years and 322 days. It was another 44 years before Fernando Alonso relieved him of that achievement with fastest lap in the 2003 Canadian GP. He was a day younger aged 21 years and 321 days.

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1959 British Grand Prix
Race details
Date18 July 1959
Official name12th RAC British Grand Prix
LocationAintree Circuit, Liverpool, England
CoursePermanent road course
Course length4.828 km (3.000 mi)
Distance75 laps, 362.10 km (225.00 mi)
WeatherDry and sunny.
Pole position
  • Jack Brabham
Fastest lap
Drivers Stirling Moss (lap 69)BRM
Fastest lap Bruce McLaren (lap 75)Cooper-Climax
  • Jack Brabham
  • Stirling Moss
  • Bruce McLaren
Lap leaders



112 Jack BrabhamCooper-Climax1:58.0
22 Roy SalvadoriAston Martin1:58.0+0.0
38 Harry SchellBRM1:59.2+1.2
418 Maurice TrintignantCooper-Climax1:59.2+1.2
514 Masten GregoryCooper-Climax1:59.4+1.4
64 Carroll ShelbyAston Martin1:59.6+1.6
76 Stirling MossBRM1:59.6+1.6
816 Bruce McLarenCooper-Climax1:59.6+1.6
928 Graham HillLotus-Climax2:00.0+2.0
1010 Jo BonnierBRM2:00.0+2.0
1142 Ron FlockhartBRM2:00.2+2.2
1230 Alan StaceyLotus-Climax2:02.8+4.8
1322 Ian BurgessCooper-Maserati2:03.0+5.0
1436 Brian NaylorJBW-Maserati2:03.0+5.0
1538 Jack FairmanCooper-Climax2:04.2+6.2
1648 Chris BristowCooper-Borgward2:04.4+6.4
1720 Tony BrooksVanwall2:04.6+6.6
1846 Ivor BuebCooper-Borgward2:04.8+6.8
1924 Hans HerrmannCooper-Maserati2:05.6+7.6
2040 Fritz d’OreyMaserati2:05.6+7.6
2158 Henry TaylorCooper-Climax2:05.6+7.6
2264 David PiperLotus-Climax2:06.0+8.0
2352 Peter AshdownCooper-Climax2:06.2+8.2
2450 Mike TaylorCooper-Climax2:07.0+9.0
DNQ56 Bill MossCooper-Climax2:07.2+9.2
DNQ60 Mike ParkesFry-Climax2:07.6+9.6
DNQ44 Trevor TaylorCooper-Climax2:08.2+10.2
DNQ54 Keith GreeneCooper-Climax2:09.8+11.6
DNQ62 Dennis TaylorLotus-Climax
DNQ66 Tim ParnellCooper-Climax


112 Jack BrabhamCooper-Climax752:30:11.618
26 Stirling MossBRM75+ 22.276.5
316 Bruce McLarenCooper-Climax75+ 22.484.5
48 Harry SchellBRM74+ 1 Lap33
518 Maurice TrintignantCooper-Climax74+ 1 Lap42
62 Roy SalvadoriAston Martin74+ 1 Lap2
714 Masten GregoryCooper-Climax73+ 2 Laps5
830 Alan StaceyLotus-Climax71+ 4 Laps12
928 Graham HillLotus-Climax70+ 5 Laps9
1048 Chris BristowCooper-Borgward70+ 5 Laps16
1158 Henry TaylorCooper-Climax69+ 6 Laps21
1252 Peter AshdownCooper-Climax69+ 6 Laps23
1346 Ivor BuebCooper-Borgward69+ 6 Laps18
Ret4 Carroll ShelbyAston Martin69Ignition6
Ret40 Fritz d’OreyMaserati57Accident20
Ret42 Ron FlockhartBRM53Spun Off11
Ret38 Jack FairmanCooper-Climax39Gearbox15
Ret10 Jo BonnierBRM37Brakes10
Ret22 Ian BurgessCooper-Maserati31Transmission13
Ret24 Hans HerrmannCooper-Maserati21Gearbox19
Ret64 David PiperLotus-Climax19Overheating22
Ret36 Brian NaylorJBW-Maserati18Transmission14
Ret50 Mike TaylorCooper-Climax17Transmission24
Ret20 Tony BrooksVanwall13Ignition17
DNQ54 Keith GreeneCooper-Climax
DNQ56 Bill MossCooper-Climax
DNQ60 Mike ParkesFry-Climax
DNQ62 Dennis TaylorLotus-Climax
DNQ44 Trevor TaylorCooper-Climax
DNQ66 Tim ParnellCooper-Climax
Drivers’ Championship standings
1 Jack Brabham27
2 Tony Brooks14
3 Phil Hill9
124 Stirling Moss8.5
55 Bruce McLaren8.5
Constructors’ Championship standings
1 Cooper-Climax26
2 Ferrari16
3 BRM14
4 Lotus-Climax3

1 Jack Brabham27
2 Tony Brooks14
3 Phil Hill9
124 Stirling Moss8.5
55 Bruce McLaren8.5
1 Cooper-Climax26
2 Ferrari16
3 BRM14
4 Lotus-Climax3

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