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1958 Monaco Grand Prix

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1958 Monaco Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 18 May 1958
Official name XVI Grand Prix Automobile
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.145 km (1.954 miles)
Distance 100 laps, 314.5 km (195.4 miles)
Pole position
Driver Vanwall
Time 1:39.8
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari
Time 1:40.6
First Cooper-Climax
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders
Lotus 12, chassis no 353, (pictured above in 2010) was driven by Graham Hill in his Grand Prix debut at Monaco in 1958
Lotus 12, chassis no 353, (pictured above in 2010) was driven by Graham Hill in his Grand Prix debut at Monaco in 1958

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 May 1958 at Monaco. It was race 2 of 11 in the 1958 World Championship of Drivers and race 2 of 10 in the 1958 International Cup for Formula One Manufacturers. The race was the 16th Monaco Grand Prix and was held over 100 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 314 kilometres.

The race was won by French driver Maurice Trintignant in the second and final Grand Prix victory of his long career. The win was the second consecutive victory for the privateer Rob Walker Racing Team. Trintignant took the teams newly acquired Cooper T45 to a twenty-second victory over Italian driver Luigi Musso driving a Ferrari 246 F1 with Musso's British teammate Peter Collins (Ferrari 246 F1) was third.

Trintignant's win put the superiority of front-engined cars in doubt. Musso's second place put him into a four-point championship lead over Moss and Trintignant.

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Race report

Vanwall and BRM returned after their Argentine absence and so Stirling Moss, Jean Behra and Harry Schell all went back to their regular drives. In Moss's place at the Rob Walker Racing Team with the new 2000 cc engined Cooper T45 was French driver Maurice Trintignant. The race winning Cooper T43 could not even qualify for the small 16-car Monaco grid, Ron Flockhart was first reserve for the race.

Missing from the field was the previous year's winner and reigning World Champion, Juan Manuel Fangio who did not have a full-season drive. Fangio himself was in America, preparing for an ultimately disappointing Indianapolis 500 campaign with the Dayton-Walther team. Future Formula One impresario Bernie Ecclestone entered two Connaught B-Types to be driven by Ken Kavanagh and Paul Emery. Neither could qualify complaining of handling problems so Bernie Ecclestone tested one of the cars to see if he could help identify the cause, but he couldn't. This has given rise to the widely circulated story that he attempted unsuccessfully to qualify. Also failing to make the grid were Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first female driver to enter a World Championship Grand Prix, and 58-year-old Louis Chiron in his final appearance at a Grand Prix. The Monaco local had won the Grand Prix 27 years earlier but Chiron and his Maserati 250F did not make it past qualifying.

Tony Brooks took pole position in his Vanwall VW 5 but Behra won the start. He led until his brakes failed in his BRM P25, and Mike Hawthorn swept by in the Ferrari 246 F1. Moss (Vanwall VW 5) had been duelling with him throughout the race until he retired on lap 38, and Hawthorn followed suit on lap 47 with a broken fuel pump. Graham Hill (Lotus 12) retired from fourth place in his first race on lap 69, after briefly leading. Vanwall pair Brooks and Stuart Lewis-Evans retired, leaving Trintignant to lead home the Ferraris by some 20 seconds giving Rob Walker his second race win of the year. Behind the Ferraris of Luigi Musso and Peter Collins was Jack Brabham in the factory Cooper T45, although three laps down and still looking a long way from becoming the next years champion. Schell in his BRM P25 was a further six laps behind Brabham picking up the final points after Wolfgang von Trips had an engine failure in the closing stages in his Ferrari 246 F1. The only other car still circulating was the second Lotus 12 of Cliff Allison, 13 laps behind Trintignant.

Trintignant's win disproved the belief that rear-engined Cooper victory achieved by Stirling Moss in Argentina was a one-off freak circumstance win, and the smaller British cars would be treated more seriously, although ultimately a Cooper would not win again until 1959. The Rob Walker Racing Teams pair of early 1958 victories would remain the best ever performance by a privateer team until the rise of Tyrrell Racing in the late 1960s.



Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 30 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Vanwall 1:39.8
2 6 France Jean Behra BRM 1:40.8 +1.0
3 16 Australia Jack Brabham CooperClimax 1:41.0 +1.2
4 18 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori CooperClimax 1:41.0 +1.2
5 20 France Maurice Trintignant CooperClimax 1:41.1 +1.3
6 38 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 1:41.5 +1.7
7 32 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 1:41.8 +2.0
8 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall 1:42.3 +2.5
9 36 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari 1:42.4 +2.6
10 34 Italy Luigi Musso Ferrari 1:42.6 +2.8
11 8 United States Harry Schell BRM 1:43.8 +4.0
12 40 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 1:44.3 +4.5
13 24 United Kingdom Cliff Allison LotusClimax 1:44.6 +4.8
14 46 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 1:44.7 +4.9
15 26 United Kingdom Graham Hill LotusClimax 1:45.0 +5.2
16 58 Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 1:45.0 +5.2
17 22 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart CooperClimax 1:45.9 +6.1
18 50 Australia Ken Kavanagh Maserati 1:49.0 +9.2
19 48 Italy Gerino Gerini Maserati 1:49.8 +10.0
20 12 United States Bruce Kessler ConnaughtAlta 1:50.5 +10.7
21 14 United Kingdom Paul Emery ConnaughtAlta 1:50.8 +11.0
22 44 Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati 1:50.8 +11.0
23 56 Monaco André Testut Maserati 1:51.4 +11.6
24 52 Italy Giulio Cabianca O.S.C.A. 1:52.0 +12.2
25 54 Italy Luigi Piotti O.S.C.A. 1:52.4 +12.6
26 42 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 1:54.0 +14.2
NC 12 United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone ConnaughtAlta No time
NC 50 Italy Luigi Taramazzo Maserati No time
NC 56 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati No time
NC 4 Spain Paco Godia Maserati No time


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 France Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 100 2:52:27.9 5 8
2 34 Italy Luigi Musso Ferrari 100 +20.2 secs 10 6
3 36 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari 100 +38.8 secs 9 4
4 16 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 97 +3 Laps 3 3
5 8 United States Harry Schell BRM 91 +9 Laps 12 2
6 24 United Kingdom Cliff Allison Lotus-Climax 87 +13 Laps 13
Ret 40 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 91 Engine 11
Ret 58 Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 71 Accident 16
Ret 26 United Kingdom Graham Hill Lotus-Climax 69 Halfshaft 15
Ret 18 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 56 Gearbox 4
Ret 38 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 47 Fuel pump 6 11
Ret 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall 38 Engine 8
Ret 6 France Jean Behra BRM 29 Brakes 2
Ret 46 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 28 Engine 14
Ret 30 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Vanwall 22 Engine 1
Ret 32 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 11 Overheating 7
DNQ 22 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart Cooper-Climax
DNQ 50 Australia Ken Kavanagh Maserati
DNQ 48 Italy Gerino Gerini Maserati
DNQ 12 United States Bruce Kessler Connaught-Alta
DNQ 14 United Kingdom Paul Emery Connaught-Alta
DNQ 44 Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati
DNQ 56 Monaco André Testut Maserati
DNQ 52 Italy Giulio Cabianca Osca
DNQ 54 Italy Luigi Piotti Osca
DNQ 42 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati
DNQ 10 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart BRM
DNQ 12 United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone Connaught-Alta
DNQ 50 Italy Luigi Taramazzo Maserati
DNQ 56 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati
DNQ 4 Spain Paco Godia Maserati
  • ^1 – 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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  2. ^ "1958 Monaco Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "1958 Monaco Grand Prix". Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Monaco 1958 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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