1958 British Grand Prix (partially found footage of Formula One World Championship race; 1958)

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Peter Collins claims his third and final Formula One victory.

Status: Partially Found

The 1958 British Grand Prix was the seventh race of the 1958 Formula One Season. Occurring on 19th July at the Silverstone Circuit, the race would ultimately be won by Ferrari's Peter Collins, marking his final victory in Formula One.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1958 British Grand Prix was the ninth running of the event within Formula One, with the race lasting 75 laps.[1][2][3] The 11th British Grand Prix overall, the event has remained an annual race on the Formula One calendar, primarily taking place at Silverstone, although Aintree and Brands Hatch have also hosted the event.[1]

Heading into the race, the Vanwalls appeared to be the most competitive in qualifying.[4][5] Its top driver Stirling Moss achieved pole position with a time of 1:39.4, setting a new lap record for Silverstone.[5][6][7][4][3] Moss was therefore confident he would hold the advantage over the Ferraris for the race, with him also considered the pre-race favourite.[5][6] BRM's Harry Schell surprised onlookers by qualifying in second, with Cooper-Climax's Roy Salvadori in third.[5][4][3] Collins meanwhile would start sixth out of 20 competitors.[5][4][3] It, along with other unremarkable performances, had made Ferrari concerning that Collins was losing his competitive edge.[7] Only with Luigi Musso's fatal accident at the 1958 French Grand Prix did Collins keep his top seat at the team.[7]

The Race[edit | edit source]

With the starting order decided, the 1958 British Grand Prix commenced on 19th July.[3] Salvadori headed into first, but was re-passed by Schell and Moss.[5] Collins, despite his low starting position, also made an exceptional start, taking the lead on the opening lap through Copse Corner.[5][4][7][6][3] Moss was now sandwiched between two Ferraris, with fellow title rival Mike Hawthorn seeking to make it a Ferrari 1-2.[4][5][6][7] The Brit nevertheless faced issues immediately when oil occasionally leaked from the left side of the Ferrari's bonnet.[4] Despite Moss' best efforts, he simply could not challenge Collins up in front, with Hawthorn also making things difficult.[4][6][5][7] It appeared Ferrari's plan was to force Moss to press-on and potential ruin the Vanwall's engine in an attempt to match Collins' pace.[5][6][4] On lap 26, the plan was successful when Moss retired following an engine failure, promoting Hawthorn to second and Salvadori to third.[5][6][4][7][3]

For the remaining laps, Ferrari generally controlled proceedings.[4][6][5][7][3] While Hawthorn again experienced oil issues that forced a re-fill, he nevertheless was well-ahead of Salvadori.[4][5][6] Collins faced little pressure, even from Hawthorn, and took what many considered to be an unexpected victory for Ferrari considering the British teams' growing dominance of the sport.[5][4][6][7][3] He gained eight points, while Hawthorn took seven after also posting the fastest lap.[4][6][5][3] Collins had led every lap, in what would be his third and final World Championship victory.[8][4][5] It was also the first instance of a British driver winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone following the Second World War.[5] Salvadori was engaged in a duel with Vanwall's Stuart Lewis-Evans, having just edged him out to finish third and fourth respectively.[4][5][7][3] Schell claimed the final points position with fifth.[3][4][5]

Hawthorn's result meant that he now took the lead in the Drivers' Championship, accumulating 30 points compared to Moss' 23.[9][4][5] In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari now led Vanwall 36 to 25.[9] For Collins, this would ultimately be his penultimate Grand Prix; on 3rd August 1958, he suffered a fatal accident at the German Grand Prix, aged 26.[10][6][5]

Availability[edit | edit source]

According to Issue 1,809 of Radio Times, the race received partial live coverage from the BBC.[11][12][13] This included 30 minutes dedicated to the start; 15 minutes for a progress report; and 25 minutes for the race's ending, for a total of 70 minutes of coverage.[11][12] The broadcast has yet to fully resurface, but some footage was shown on BBC 2 in 1987, featuring Collins winning the race. This indicates that the BBC possibly still has the full tape of the event. Outside of the BBC television broadcast, other footage from documentaries and newsreels is also publicly available.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Some of the original BBC footage that was re-broadcast in 1987.
Colour footage of the race.
Newsreel of the race.
Silent colour footage of the race.

Images[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The History Press detailing the history of the British Grand Prix. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  2. Ultimate Car Page listing all instances of the British Grand Prix. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Racing-Reference detailing the qualifying and race results of the event. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 Motor Sport providing a detailed race report. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 Concept Carz detailing the race and Ferrari's performance. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 ESPN summarising the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Grand Prix summarising the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  8. GP Racing Stats noting this was Collins' third and final Formula One victory. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  9. 9.0 9.1 Stats F1 detailing the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship standings following the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  10. Motorsport Memorial page for Peter Collins. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  11. 11.0 11.1 Issue 1,809 of Radio Times listing the BBC coverage of the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  12. 12.0 12.1 BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the BBC coverage of the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  13. List of Formula One television broadcasts noting BBC provided some live coverage. Retrieved 18th Aug '22