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

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Tony Brooks during the race.

Status: Partially Found

The 1958 Italian Grand Prix was the tenth race of the 1958 Formula One Season. Occurring on 7th September at the Monza Circuit, the race would ultimately be won by Vanwall's Tony Brooks, preventing Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn from claiming the Drivers' Championship at the event.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1958 Italian Grand Prix was the eighth running of the event as part of the Formula One calendar, with the race lasting 70 laps.[1] The 28th edition in Grand Prix history,[2] the Italian Grand Prix has been held at Monza for all bar one instance in 1980 since Formula One's inception in 1950,[3] and has garnered a reputation for being the "home" Grand Prix of Ferrari.[4]

Heading into the race, Hawthorn led Vanwall's Stirling Moss in the Drivers' Championship, accumulating 36 points to Moss' 32.[5] He would become champion if he won the Italian Grand Prix and Moss failed to score.[6][7] Ferrari itself was greatly affected by the deaths of two of its drivers that season, Luigi Musso and Peter Collins passing away following accidents at the French and German Grand Prix respectively.[6] Therefore, it decided to place Formula 2 driver Phil Hill in one of its now-available top seats.[8][6][7]

It was Vanwall that initially proved more competitive for the event, however, with Moss achieving pole position with a time of 1:40.5.[7][1][8] Indeed, his only issue during qualifying was damaging an engine after missing a gear change.[7] Directly behind him was teammate Brooks, with Hawthorn lining up third.[1][8][7] Hill's first time qualifying for Ferrari ended with him placing seventh, surprising even Enzo Ferrari with his performance.[7][8][1] Maria Teresa de Filippis, who became the first woman to race in a World Championship event after qualifying for the 1958 Belgian and Portuguese events, entered a private Maserati for the race, where she would start 21st and last.[7][1][8]

The Race[edit | edit source]

With the starting order decided, the 1958 Italian Grand Prix commenced on 7th September.[1] Hawthorn made a slow start, whereas Vanwall's Stuart Lewis-Evans, who qualified fourth, jumping into the lead.[7] But it was Hill who made the best start, quickly passing all two Vanwalls into on the first corner, and then Moss later on the opening lap.[7][8][6][1] Further back, Ferrari's Wolfgang von Trips slammed into the rear wheel of Harry Schell's BRM, which caused the Ferrari to catch air and throw von Trips free from the vehicle.[7][8][6][1] Von Trips suffered a broken leg, but ultimately made a full recovery from his injuries.[7][8] Hill led from Moss and Lewis-Evans, with Hawthorn passing Brooks for fourth.[7][8] Hawthorn would make another two places by lap four; a lap later, he passed Hill for the lead, with the latter forced to pit due to a left-rear tyre tread falling off.[7][8][1] Now, the battle for the lead heated up for five drivers, with Hawthorn leading the Vanwalls and BRM's Jean Behra, Moss and Hawthorn swapping the lead on a few occasions before Moss moved by on lap 10.[7][8][1]

Brooks dropped out of contention after noticing oil spray from his car's rear.[7][8] The issue was deemed not serious and causing by a drive shaft's rubber gaiter splitting, enabling Brooks to resume.[7] On lap 15, Hawthorn re-passed Moss, with Behra moving into second.[7][8] The latter was re-overtaken by Moss and Lewis-Evans, only for Moss to retire on lap 18 following a gearbox failure.[7][6][8][1] By lap 20, Hawthorn now led Lewis-Evans and Behra by seven seconds.[7][1] Both drivers also experienced mechanical issues, with Lewis-Evans noting problems on lap 22, and Behra suffering front brake issues on lap 29 that forced a stoppage in the pits.[7] This allowed Hill to move up to third, with Brooks now fifth after making a gamble to not change tyres so as to challenge Hawthorn and prevent him from claiming the title.[7][6] Lewis-Evans then retired on lap 31 following water system issues, promoting Hill to second with Maserati's Masten Gregory third.[7][1][8] He would then briefly move into the lead when Hawthorn changed rear tyres, while Brooks closed-in on the Ferrari pair.[7][8][1] Brooks would overtake Hill for third following the latter's pit stop, closing-in on the leading pair as Hawthorn faced challenges from Gregory.[7][8][1]

Despite Gregory's best efforts over nine laps, he did not overtake the Ferrari, and was forced to pit for new tyres.[7] Brooks was now second, and was just eight seconds behind the Ferrari.[7][6] Hawthorn's concerns were greatly raised when his car's engine suffered issues, enabling Brooks to move into the lead on lap 61.[6][7][8][1] With Hawthorn forced to nurse his Ferrari, it enabled Brooks to claim victory and eight points in the Drivers' Championship.[7][6][8][1] Hawthorn successfully nursed his car over ten laps to finish second, with Hill finishing third and claiming another point by setting the fastest lap.[7][6][8][1] While denied the Championship at the event, Hawthorn now just needed a point in the finale at the Morocco Grand Prix to claim the title, whereas Vanwall led Ferrari 46 to 40 in the Constructors' Championship.[9][6] Meanwhile, Carroll Shelby substituted for Gregory and finished fourth, but shared drives no longer awarded points.[1][7] Cooper-Climax's Roy Salvadori claimed the final points position of fifth.[1][7]

Availability[edit | edit source]

According to Issue of Radio Times, the BBC provided highlights on the race on 10th September as part of Sportsview, with Moss being the segment's reporter.[10][11][12] It is unclear how long the report lasted in the 30-minute episode, as it also covered a boxing match between Randolph Turpin and Yolande Pompey, as well as swimming at the European Championships.[10][11] The broadcast has yet to publicly resurface however, although footage from an Italian newsreel is publicly available.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Italian newsreel of the race.

Images[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Racing-Reference detailing the qualifying and race results of the event. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  2. Ultimate Car Page listing all instances of the Italian Grand Prix. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  3. F1 Experiences detailing facts regarding the Italian Grand Prix. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  4. Scuderia Ferrari Club detailing how Monza is considered the home of Ferrari. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  5. Stats F1 detailing the Drivers' Championship standings heading into the Italian Grand Prix. 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. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 7.21 7.22 7.23 7.24 7.25 7.26 7.27 7.28 7.29 7.30 Motor Sport providing a detailed race report. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 Grand Prix summarising the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  9. Stats F1 detailing the Drivers' and Constructors' Championship standings following the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  10. 10.0 10.1 BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues detailing the BBC coverage of the race. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  11. 11.0 11.1 Issue 1,817 of Radio Times listing the BBC coverage. Retrieved 18th Aug '22
  12. List of Formula One television broadcasts noting BBC provided race highlights. Retrieved 18th Aug '22