22nd January 2018

MONACO GRAND PRIX

FANGIO BENEFITS FROM MOSS MISFORTUNE

After five non-championship F.1 races, the World Championship series resumed down by the Mediterranean in the lovely principality of Monaco. Needless to say, the teams were out in force for this one and 21 cars and drivers were on hand to fight for the 16 places that were available for the 105 lap race.

The race was missing one of its stars because Jean Behra had been injured in a road accident so the team drafted in Giorgio Scarlatti and Hans Herrmann, the original idea being that whoever was quicker in practice would get to race. In the end, they found a car for both drivers and the two joined Juan Fangio, Harry Schell and Carlos Menditeguy, making a five car Maserati squad. Ranged against the cars from Modena were those from Maranello. Four cars appeared in Monaco but there was no sign of Luigi Musso. Hawthorn and Collins were there, as usual, with blue and green noses respectively, while Maurice Trintignant drove a car with a white nose which carried a narrow blue band, acknowledging his Frenchness. Wolfgang von Trips was drafted into the team and his car was plain red.

Also present with Maseratis were Masten Gregory with Centro-Sud car, Andre Simon, Luigi Piotti and Horace Gould. The remaining eight cars were all green! Vanwall had their two cars for Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks; B.R.M. brought two for Roy Salvadori and Ron Flockhart; Connaughts were entered for Stuart Lewis-Evans and Ivor Bueb and two little Coopers turned up, one for regular team driver Jack Brabham while Les Leston attempted to qualify the other car.

Practice was its usual hectic affair with the quicker men striving for the front end of the grid while the also-rans were trying not to be among the five that never made it. In the end, neither Connaught qualified, nor did Leston and they were joined in the did not qualify list by Piotti and Gould in their Maseratis. At the front the battle was ferocious between the two British drivers in their Ferraris, Moss in the Vanwall and Fangio. It was obvious that none of the four was going to run away with the Grand Prix.

However, as the race settled down it was Moss with the dark green Vanwall who seemed to be able to stay ahead of the battling trio of red cars and as the laps ticked by, a rare British victory seemed more than possible. Alas, after looking so secure and comfortable disaster struck the leader. As he came down the slope from the tunnel on his 84th lap the steering of Stirling's car broke and he sailed straight on up the escape road at the chicane. There was nothing to be done and the hugely disappointed driver climbed out to begin the short walk back to the pits. By this time Fangio had asserted a small degree of superiority over the Ferraris and although they kept the pressure on, the Old Man was able to complete the last laps with just enough in hand to register a somewhat forunate victory.

Of the rest, Harry Schell had been steady and 4th place was his reward with Roy Salvadori getting a splendid 5th for B.R.M. Three others made it to the finish - Trintignant, Brabham and Menditeguy. Tony Brooks was still unhappy with his Vanwall and retired around half distance, while the rest of the field suffered one mechanical failure or another. Happily, there were no accidents this time.

HERE IS THE RESULT OF THE THE 105 LAP RACE,

   1.
32
J. FANGIO MASERATI 250.F
3.07.06'46
   2.
28
M. HAWTHORN FERRARI 801
3.07.13'07
   3.
26
P. COLLINS FERRARI 801
3.07.17'20
   4.
38
H. SCHELL MASERATI 250.F
104 laps
   5.
8
R. SALVADORI B.R.M. Type25
103 laps
   6.
30
M. TRINTIGNANT FERRARI 801
102 laps
   7.
14
J. BRABHAM COOPER CLIMAX T.43
102 laps
   8.
36
C. MENDITEGUY MASERATI 250.F
102 laps
Fastest lap:   S. MOSS, VANWALL VW.3,   on lap 81,   1.42'35

Retired:
4
A. SIMON MASERATI 250.F
90 laps
18
S. MOSS VANWALL VW.3
83 laps
6
R. FLOCKHART B.R.M. Type 25
79 laps
24
W. von TRIPS FERRARI 801
73 laps
34
G. SCARLATTI MASERATI 250.F
64 laps
20
T. BROOKS VANWALL VW.7
48 laps
40
H. HERRMANN MASERATI 250.F
13 laps
2
M. GREGORY MASERATI 250.F
3 laps

Did not qualify:
12
I. BUEB CONNAUGHT B-type
42
L. PIOTTI MASERATI 250.F
10
S. LEWIS-EVANS CONNAUGHT B-type
22
H. GOULD MASERATI 250.F
16
L. LESTON COOPER CLIMAX T.43

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