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1956 Formula One season

1956 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Juan Manuel Fangio
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The 1956 Formula One season featured the seventh FIA World Championship of Drivers [1] as well as numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars. The championship series commenced on 22 January 1956 and ended on 2 September after eight races. Juan Manuel Fangio won his third consecutive title, the fourth of his career. Until the 2006 season this was the last season during which no British constructor won any championship race.

Season summary

Fangio joined Ferrari after Mercedes-Benz, with whom he had won the 1954 and 1955 titles, withdrew from the sport. Ferrari acquired the folded Lancia team's D50 cars and put together a strong team containing Fangio, Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Peter Collins. Fangio won the opening race after commandeering Musso's car after his own car had broken down. Collins and Fangio's team-mate at Mercedes, Stirling Moss – now driving for Maserati provided the biggest challenge to his title defence, each winning two races. In an open season the British Connaughts, Vanwalls and BRMs also showed some signs of promise.

Going into the final race of the season, Fangio had an eight-point lead over Collins and the consistent Jean Behra, driving for Maserati. The only way he could lose the title would be to score no points with Collins winning and setting fastest lap. (Because a driver could only count their best 5 scores, Behra could not win the title). Fangio retired, and with Musso unwilling to share his car with Fangio, Collins had a great chance of winning his first title. Collins, in a remarkable act of sportsmanship, instead chose to hand his car over to Fangio to allow the Argentine to finish second in the race and win his third title in a row.

Season review

The following races counted towards the 1956 World Championship of Drivers:

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 22 January 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Luigi Musso
23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio
23x15px Ferrari E Report
2 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 13 May 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Maserati P Report
3 23x15px Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May 23x15px Pat Flaherty 23x15px Paul Russo 23x15px Pat Flaherty 23x15px Watson-Offenhauser F Report
4 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 3 June 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Peter Collins 23x15px Ferrari E Report
5 23x15px French Grand Prix Reims 1 July 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Peter Collins 23x15px Ferrari E Report
6 23x15px British Grand Prix Silverstone 14 July 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Ferrari E Report
7 23x15px German Grand Prix Nürburgring 5 August 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Ferrari E Report
8 23x15px Italian Grand Prix Monza 2 September 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Maserati P Report

The Suez crisis was a contributing factor in Formula One in 1956. The Dutch and Spanish Grands Prix were affected by this crisis, and the oil prices were too high for the teams and drivers, so the two races that were originally supposed to be held at Zandvoort and Pedralbes were cancelled.[2]

Teams and drivers

File:J.M. Fangio 1957.jpg
Juan Manuel Fangio (in 1957) won his fourth Drivers' Championship, driving for Ferrari

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1956 FIA World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
23x15px Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px Stirling Moss 1–2, 4–8
23x15px Jean Behra 1–2, 4–8
23x15px Carlos Menditeguy 1
23x15px Luigi Piotti 1
23x15px Chico Landi 1
23x15px Gerino Gerini 1
23x15px José Froilán González 1
23x15px Cesare Perdisa 2, 4–7
23x15px Paco Godia 4–8
23x15px Piero Taruffi 5
23x15px Umberto Maglioli 7–8
23x15px Luigi Villoresi 8
23x15px Jo Bonnier 8
23x15px Owen Racing Organisation Maserati
BRM
250F
P25
Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6
BRM P25 2.5 L4
P


D

23x15px Mike Hawthorn 1–2, 6
23x15px Tony Brooks 2, 6
23x15px Ron Flockhart 6
23x15px Alberto Uria Maserati A6GCM Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px Alberto Uria 1
23x15px Óscar González 1
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D50
555
Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8
Ferrari 555 2.5 L4
E


P

23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–8
23x15px Eugenio Castellotti 1–2, 4–8
23x15px Luigi Musso 1–2, 7–8
23x15px Peter Collins 1–2, 4–8
23x15px Olivier Gendebien 1, 5
23x15px Paul Frère 4
23x15px André Pilette 4
23x15px Alfonso de Portago 5–8
23x15px Wolfgang von Trips 8
23x15px Equipe Gordini Gordini T16
T32
Gordini 23 2.5 L6
Gordini 25 2.5 L8
E 23x15px Robert Manzon 2, 5–8
23x15px André Pilette 2, 5, 7
23x15px Hermano da Silva Ramos 2, 5–6, 8
23x15px André Milhoux 7
23x15px André Simon 8
23x15px Ecurie Rosier Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px Louis Rosier 2, 4–7
23x15px Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 2 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P 23x15px Maurice Trintignant 2, 4, 6, 8
23x15px Harry Schell 2, 4–6, 8
23x15px Mike Hawthorn 5
23x15px Colin Chapman 5
23x15px José Froilán González 6
23x15px Piero Taruffi 8
23x15px Gould's Garage (Bristol)
23x15px H.H. Gould
Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D 23x15px Horace Gould 2, 4, 6–7
23x15px Giorgio Scarlatti Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 P 23x15px Giorgio Scarlatti 2
23x15px Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati
Ferrari
250F
500
Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6
Ferrari 500 2.0 L4
P 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 4
23x15px Harry Schell 7
23x15px Giorgio Scarlatti 7
23x16px Toulo de Graffenried 8
23x15px Piero Scotti Connaught-Alta B Alta GP 2.5 L4 P 23x15px Piero Scotti 4
23x15px Automobiles Bugatti Bugatti T251 Bugatti 2.5 L8 E 23x15px Maurice Trintignant 5
23x15px Luigi Piotti Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 5–7
23x15px Luigi Piotti 7–8
23x15px André Simon Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px André Simon 5
23x15px Scuderia Guastalla Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x15px Umberto Maglioli 6
23x15px Gerino Gerini 8
23x15px Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta B Alta GP 2.5 L4 P


A

23x15px Archie Scott-Brown 6, 8
23x15px Desmond Titterington 6
23x15px Jack Fairman 6, 8
23x15px Les Leston 8
23x15px Ron Flockhart 8
23x15px Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol T23 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 D 23x15px Bob Gerard 6
23x15px Gilby Engineering Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D 23x15px Roy Salvadori 6–8
23x15px Bruce Halford Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D 23x15px Bruce Halford 6–8
23x15px Jack Brabham Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D 23x15px Jack Brabham 6
23x15px Emeryson Cars Emeryson-Alta 56 Alta GP 2.5 L4 D 23x15px Paul Emery 6
23x16px Ottorino Volonterio Maserati A6GCM Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P 23x16px Ottorino Volonterio 7

The above list does not include competitors in the 1956 Indianapolis 500.

1956 Drivers Championship final standings

Championship points were awarded at each race on an 8–6–4–3–2 basis to the first five finishers, with an additional point awarded to the driver setting the fastest lap of the race. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps. Only the best five round results were counted.

Pos. Driver ARG
23x15px
MON
23x15px
500
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
Pts.
1 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 1† / Ret 2† / 4† Ret 4 1 1 (2)† / 8† 30 (33)
2 23x15px Stirling Moss Ret 1 3† / Ret 5† / Ret (Ret) 2 1 27 (28)
3 23x15px Peter Collins Ret 2† 1 1 2† / Ret Ret† / Ret 2† 25
4 23x15px Jean Behra 2 3 7 3 3 3 Ret† / Ret 22
5 23x15px Pat Flaherty 1 8
6 23x15px Eugenio Castellotti Ret 4† / Ret Ret 2 10† Ret† / Ret 8† / Ret 7.5
7 23x15px Sam Hanks 2 6
8 23x15px Paul Frère 2 6
9 23x15px Paco Godia Ret 7 8 4 4 6
10 23x15px Jack Fairman 4 5 5
11 23x15px Luigi Musso 1† Ret Ret† Ret 4
12 23x15px Mike Hawthorn 3 10† Ret 4
13 23x15px Ron Flockhart Ret 3 4
14 23x15px Don Freeland 3 4
15 23x15px Alfonso de Portago Ret 2† / 10† Ret† Ret 3
16 23x15px Cesare Perdisa 7 3† 5† 7 Ret 3
17 23x15px Harry Schell Ret 4 10† / Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
18 23x15px Johnnie Parsons 4 3
19 23x15px Louis Rosier Ret 8 6 Ret 5 2
20 23x15px Luigi Villoresi 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret† 2
21 23x15px Hermano da Silva Ramos 5 8 Ret Ret 2
22 23x15px Horace Gould 8 Ret 5 Ret 2
23 23x15px Olivier Gendebien 5 Ret 2
24 23x15px Dick Rathmann 5 2
25 23x15px Gerino Gerini 4† 10 1.5
26 23x15px Chico Landi 4† 1.5
27 23x15px Paul Russo Ret 1
23x15px André Pilette 6† 6 11 Ret 0
23x15px Luigi Piotti Ret 6 0
23x15px Bob Sweikert 6 0
23x15px Oscar Gonzalez 6† 0
23x15px Alberto Uria 6† 0
23x15px Élie Bayol 6† 0
23x15px Bob Veith 7 0
23x16px Toulo de Graffenried 7 0
23x15px Rodger Ward 8 0
23x15px Robert Manzon Ret 9 9 Ret Ret 0
23x15px André Simon Ret 9 0
23x15px Jimmy Reece 9 0
23x15px Cliff Griffith 10 0
23x15px Roy Salvadori Ret Ret 11 0
23x15px Gene Hartley 11 0
23x15px Bob Gerard 11 0
23x15px Fred Agabashian 12 0
23x15px Bob Christie 13 0
23x15px Al Keller 14 0
23x15px Eddie Johnson 15 0
23x15px Billy Garrett 16 0
23x15px Duke Dinsmore 17 0
23x15px Pat O'Connor 18 0
23x15px Jimmy Bryan 19 0
23x16px Ottorino Volonterio NC 0
23x15px Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Umberto Maglioli Ret Ret Ret† 0
23x15px Bruce Halford Ret DSQ Ret 0
23x15px José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
23x15px Piero Taruffi Ret Ret 0
23x15px Giorgio Scarlatti DNQ Ret 0
23x15px Carlos Menditeguy Ret 0
23x15px Jim Rathmann Ret 0
23x15px Johnnie Tolan Ret 0
23x15px Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
23x15px Jimmy Daywalt Ret 0
23x15px Jack Turner Ret 0
23x15px Keith Andrews Ret 0
23x15px Andy Linden Ret 0
23x15px Al Herman Ret 0
23x15px Ray Crawford Ret 0
23x15px Johnny Boyd Ret 0
23x15px Troy Ruttman Ret 0
23x15px Johnny Thomson Ret 0
23x15px Piero Scotti Ret 0
23x15px Desmond Titterington Ret 0
23x15px Tony Brooks Ret 0
23x15px Archie Scott-Brown Ret 0
23x15px Paul Emery Ret 0
23x15px Jack Brabham Ret 0
23x15px Andre Milhoux Ret 0
23x15px Les Leston Ret 0
23x15px Ed Elisian Ret† 0
23x15px Eddie Russo Ret† 0
23x15px Joakim Bonnier Ret† 0
23x15px Colin Chapman DNS 0
Pos. Driver ARG
23x15px
MON
23x15px
500
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – point shared equally between drivers sharing fastest lap)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

The following non-championship races for Formula One cars were also held in 1956:

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
23x15px IV Glover Trophy Goodwood 2 April 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Maserati Report
23x15px VI Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 15 April 23x15px Juan Manuel Fangio 23x15px Lancia-Ferrari Report
23x15px XI BARC Aintree 200 Aintree 21 April 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Maserati Report
23x15px VII BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 5 May 23x15px Stirling Moss 23x15px Vanwall Report
23x15px IX Gran Premio di Napoli Posillipo 6 May 23x15px Robert Manzon 23x15px Gordini Report
23x15px I Aintree 100 Aintree 24 June 23x15px Horace Gould 23x15px Maserati Report
23x15px I Vanwall Trophy Snetterton 22 July 23x15px Roy Salvadori 23x15px Maserati Report
23x15px IV Grand Prix de Caen Caen 26 August 23x15px Harry Schell 23x15px Maserati Report
23x15px II Sussex Trophy Goodwood 8 September 23x15px Roy Salvadori 23x15px Cooper-Climax Report
23x15px I BRSCC Formula 1 Race Brands Hatch 14 October 23x15px Archie Scott Brown 23x15px Connaught-Alta Report

Notes and references

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, page 119
  2. ^ forums.autosport.com/topic/63822-grand-prix-cancelled/

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