Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1961 - Jim Clark racing his Lotus-Climax 21 at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix in Monza
Jim Clark (GBR) in his Lotus-Climax 21 at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza in 1961. Unfortunately later in the race, Jim Clark was involved in one of the worst accidents in the history of Formula 1 racing when Wolfgang von Trips (GER) in his Ferrari collided with Jim Clark's Lotus-Climax 21. Trips' car became airborne and crashed into a side barrier, fatally throwing von Trips out of the car and killing fifteen spectators and von Trips, who had qualified in pole position. Fastest lap was achieved by GianCarlo Baghetti of Italy. The american Phil Hill (USA) went on to win the race in his Ferrari 156.
The 1961 Formula One season was the 12th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and the 1961 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which were contested concurrently from 14 May to 8 October over an eight race series. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.
Phil Hill of Ferrari won his only Drivers' Championship during 1961 after his team mate and rival Wolfgang von Trips was killed at the Italian Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the season. Ferrari won its first F1 manufacturers' title.