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1955 Monaco Grand Prix


Results from the 1955 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix held at Monaco on May 22, 1955


Classification

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 22px-Flag of France.png Maurice Trintignant Ferrari 100 2:58:10.2 9 8
2 30 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Castellotti Lancia 100 +20.2 secs 4 6
3 34 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Behra Maserati 99 +1 Lap 5 2
Shr 34 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Cesare Perdisa Maserati 2
4 42 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nino Farina Ferrari 99 +1 Lap 14 3
5 28 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Villoresi Lancia 99 +1 Lap 7 2
6 32 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Lancia 95 +5 Laps 19
7 10 22px-Flag of France.png Jacques Pollet Gordini 91 +9 Laps 20
8 48 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Piero Taruffi Ferrari 86 +14 Laps 15
Shr 48 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Paul Frère Ferrari
9 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stirling Moss Mercedes 81 +19 Laps 3
Ret 40 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Cesare Perdisa Maserati 86 Spun Off 11
Shr 40 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Behra Maserati
Ret 26 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari Lancia 80 Accident 2
Ret 46 22px-Flag of the United States.png-48 Harry Schell Ferrari 68 Engine 18
Ret 36 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Roberto Mieres Maserati 64 Transmission 6
Ret 12 22px-Flag of France.png Élie Bayol Gordini 63 Transmission 16
Ret 2 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes 49 Transmission 1 1
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Manzon Gordini 38 Gearbox 13
Ret 4 22px-Flag of France.png André Simon Mercedes 24 Engine 10
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn Vanwall 22 Throttle 12
Ret 14 22px-Flag of France.png Louis Rosier Maserati 8 Fuel Leak 17
Ret 38 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Musso Maserati 7 Transmission 8
DNQ 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lance Macklin Maserati
DNQ 24 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Ted Whiteaway HWM-Alta
DNQ 4 22px-Flag of Germany.png Hans Herrmann Mercedes Driver Injured


Notes


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


Monaco Grand Prix
Year of race 1955
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