1955 Monaco Grand Prix
|2||30||Eugenio Castellotti||Lancia||100||+20.2 secs||4||6|
|3||34||Jean Behra||Maserati||99||+1 Lap||5||2|
|4||42||Nino Farina||Ferrari||99||+1 Lap||14||3|
|5||28||Luigi Villoresi||Lancia||99||+1 Lap||7||2|
|6||32||Louis Chiron||Lancia||95||+5 Laps||19|
|7||10||Jacques Pollet||Gordini||91||+9 Laps||20|
|8||48||Piero Taruffi||Ferrari||86||+14 Laps||15|
|9||16||Stirling Moss||Mercedes||81||+19 Laps||3|
|Ret||40||Cesare Perdisa||Maserati||86||Spun Off||11|
|Ret||46||-48 Harry Schell||Ferrari||68||Engine||18|
|Ret||2||Juan Manuel Fangio||Mercedes||49||Transmission||1||1|
|Ret||14||Louis Rosier||Maserati||8||Fuel Leak||17|
|DNQ||4||Hans Herrmann||Mercedes||Driver Injured|
- Pole position: Juan Manuel Fangio - 1:41.1
- Fastest Lap: Juan Manuel Fangio - 1:42.4
- Lap Leaders: Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, and Maurice Trintignant
- Shared Drives:
- Mercedes driver Hans Herrmann injured himself in practice and was replaced by Andre Simon.
- Grand Prix debut for Cesare Perdisa. Only Grand Prix appearance for Ted Whiteaway.
- Last Grand Prix appearance for Alberto Ascari. He would be killed four days later testing a Ferrari sports car at Monza.
- First win for Maurice Trintignant. First podium and points for Eugenio Castellotti and Cesare Perdisa.
Summary & Trivia
The 1955 Monaco Grand Prix was a remarkable race in a season marked by tragedy.
- Juan Manuel Fangio broke the track record that had stood since 1937, when Rudolf Caracciola turned a lap in 1:46.5 in a 5.6-litre Mercedes W125, running the circuit in 1:41.1 on the first day of practice in his Mercedes W196.
- Alberto Ascari matched Fangio's time in his Lancia D50 during the Saturday practice, though the order had been set on the first day of practice in a singular exception to the policy of the time of all practice laps counting towards grid position.
- In practice, Mercedes youngster Hans Herrmann crashed into a harbour wall and suffered injuries that took him out for the rest of the season
- Ascari was driving the number 26 car, the same number that had been on the P2 Alfa Romeo his father, Antonio Ascari, had been driving when killed in the July 26, 1925 French Grand Prix. The superstitious Ascari was between Mercedes drivers Fangio and Stirling Moss in the numbers 2 and 6 respectively.
- Andre Simon had the first Mercedes to leave contention in the race, when engine failure took him out of the race. Of the Mercedes, Fangio left the race next with transmission problems on lap 50, leaving Stirling Moss in first and Ascari in second. Lap 80 saw Moss taken out by a minor problem in his car's sophisticated valve train, leaving Ascari in first. He never made it past the pits to see that, however: his Lancia didn't make the chicane (possibly losing traction on oil from Moss's engine failure) and he flipped over the barrier and in to the harbor. His Lancia was craned out of 25 feet of water while he spent the night in the hospital.
- Later events indicate that he probably should have kept his superstitions up and taken this as an omen, but his motivation wouldn't quit and four days later he was back in the cockpit at Monza, where he was killed in a bizarre accident while testing a Ferrari. On the 26th of the month. There are no definite explanations for either of Ascari's accidents, but the Monza incident was, apart from possible undetected brain injuries after the crash, probably caused by an improperly-sized tire -- 7.00x16 rather than 6.50x16 -- combined with an imperfect track surface.
- Mercedes also had not seen the last of their troubles -- after all three cars left contention with mechanical problems at Monaco, the worst accident in racing history involved a Mercedes
|Year of race||1955|
|Previous race in season||1955 Argentine Grand Prix|
|Next race in season||1955 Indianapolis 500|
|Previous year's race||1950 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Next year's race||1956 Monaco Grand Prix|