1956 Monaco Grand Prix

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Date 13 May 1956
Location Monaco
Course 3.145km
Distance 100 laps, 314.500km
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole Juan Manuel Fangio, 1:44.0
Fastest Lap Juan Manuel Fangio, 1:44.4
Winner Stirling Moss, 3:00:32.9
2nd Place Collins / Fangio
3rd Place Jean Behra

The 1956 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 13 May 1956 at Monaco.

The Owen’s B.R.M. made their first appearance but after qualifying both cars were withdrawn due to engine valve problems. The other two non-starters were also teammates: the too slow Scarlatti and Chiron due to his engine blowing up in practice.

Moss, starting from the middle of the front row, took the lead at Gasworks on the first lap and led every lap. Fangio was not having a good day. He hit the straw bails on lap 2, causing Schell and Musso to retire when trying to avoid him, and on lap 32 he hit the harbour wall, bending a rear wheel. He turned the car over to Castellotti after the pit stop to fix the wheel. On lap 54 while second, Collins came in the pit and turned his car over to Fangio. He resumed in third and passed Behra for second on lap 70 but he was 47 seconds behind Moss. On lap 86 Perdisa’s brakes locked when being lapped by Moss, the resulting contact caused Moss’ bonnet to lift allowing Fangio to close the gap by two seconds each lap but Moss won with a 6 second cushion.


Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stirling Moss Maserati 100 3:00:32.9 2 8
2 26 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Peter Collins Ferrari 100 +6.1 sec 9 3
Shr 26 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 4
3 30 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Behra Maserati 99 +1 Lap 4 4
4 20 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari 99 +1 Lap 1
Shr 20 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 1.5
5 6 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Hernando da Silva Ramos Gordini 93 +7 Laps 14 2
6 4 22px-Flag of France.png Élie Bayol Gordini 88 +12 Laps 11
Shr 4 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png André Pilette Gordini
7 32 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Cesare Perdisa Maserati 86 +14 Laps 7
8 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Horace Gould Maserati 85 +15 Laps 16
Ret 2 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Manzon Gordini 90 Accident 12
Ret 8 22px-Flag of France.png Louis Rosier Maserati 72 Engine 15
Ret 20 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 14 Clutch 3
Ret 14 22px-Flag of France.png Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 13 Overheating 6
Ret 16 22px-Flag of the United States.png-48 Harry Schell Vanwall 2 Accident 5
Ret 24 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Musso Ferrari 2 Accident 8
DNQ 36 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giorgio Scarlatti Ferrari
WD 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn BRM Engine Valve
WD 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tony Brooks BRM Engine Valve
WD 34 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Louis Chiron Maserati Blown Engine


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