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

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Maurice Trintignant ahead of Vanwall's Stuart Lewis-Evans earlier in the race.

Status: Partially Found

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was the second race of the 1958 Formula One Season. Occurring on 18th May at the Circuit de Monaco, the race was ultimately won by Maurice Trintignant in a Cooper-Climax, capitalising when three other race leaders retired. The event also marked the debut of two-time champion Graham Hill.

Background[edit | edit source]

The 1958 Monaco Grand Prix was the fifth running of the event as part of Formula One following its debut on the calendar in 1950.[1] It was also the 16th in Grand Prix history.[2][1] Lasting 100 laps,[3] the Monaco Grand Prix remains an integral event of the Formula One calendar, including being prestigious enough to be classified as part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.[1][4]

Heading into the race, it appeared the BRMs were most competitive during qualifying, being lead by Jean Behra.[5] However, it was Vanwall's Tony Brooks that achieved pole position, surprising BRM posting a time of 1:39.8.[5][3] Behra lined up second, while Cooper were also satisfied with the performance of their top cars, with Jack Brabham qualifying third.[5][3] Further down the grid, future two-time champion Graham Hill made his debut for Lotus-Climax, posting a time worthy of 15th place after struggling with the Lotus' brakes.[5][3]

As with previous Monaco Grand Prix, only the 16 fastest cars were allowed to compete.[5][3] Whereas the majority of factory cars easily made it into the race, most independents were coming nowhere close, with the exception of Trintignant qualifying fifth for Rob Walker Racing.[6][5][3] Among the 14 drivers that failed to qualify included future Formula One Group Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone in a Connaught-Alta; Maserati's Maria Teresa de Filippis, who became the first woman to enter a Formula One World Championship event; and Maserati's Louis Chiron, who would have broken his record of being the oldest driver to compete in a Grand Prix that he set at the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix.[7][8][9][3][5]

The Race[edit | edit source]

With the starting order decided, the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix commenced on 18th May.[3] Cooper-Climax's Roy Salvadori, who qualified fourth, made a strong start that saw him briefly lead.[6][5] However, he went too fast heading into the Gasworks hairpin, allowing Behra to retake the lead on the opening lap.[5][6][3] Salvadori then lost three laps following a steering-arm issue.[5] Behra faced little competition from second place Brooks, the Frenchman maintaining a consistent gap ahead of the Brit.[5][7] Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn moved up the grid, including passing Stirling Moss' Vanwall for third.[6][5][7] Hawthorn then passed Brooks for second on lap 18, with Brooks forced to retire following a spark plug issue that affected his engine, leaving him unable to restart uphill.[5][6][3] Moss was now the only Vanwall driver on track, and began to close in on Hawthorn and Behra.[5] The latter then retired after 28 laps following a brakes issue, leaving Hawthorn in the lead.[5][6][7][3] He would only hold onto it for five laps before Moss passed him on lap 33.[5][6][3]

Moss only led until lap 38, when he too was forced to retire following an engine issue caused by a valve gear issue.[5][7][6][3] Hawthorn was now 30 seconds in front of second place Trintignant, the latter fending off the Ferraris of Luigi Musso, Peter Collins, and Wolfgang von Trips.[5][7][6] Suddenly, the lone Cooper driver was in first, as Hawthorn's Ferrari's fuel pump had snapped off its mounting on the engine.[5][6][7][3] Hill retired from his first event with a broken halfshaft, while Von Trips was eliminated after 91 laps following a failed engine.[5][3] While Musso managed to close the gap somewhat, Trintignant was given the instruction to press-on, which he did to control proceedings for the remaining 53 laps.[6][3][5][7] He therefore claimed victory and eight points in the Drivers' Championship.[5][7][6][3] This was his second Monaco win after 1955, with this also being the second-consecutive win for a rear engine car, suggesting a revolution was occurring.[6][7][5] Musso and Collins finished second and third respectively, with Brabham and BRM's Harry Schell claiming the final points positions in fourth and fifth respectively.[3][5] Hawthorn meanwhile scored a point for setting the fastest lap.[3] Following the first two races, Musso now led the Drivers' Championship with 12 points, four ahead of Moss and Trintignant.[10][5]

Availability[edit | edit source]

The race was reportedly televised by TMC, although it is unknown whether it provided live coverage or race highlights.[11] The broadcast has yet to publicly resurface, however, although some race footage can be found in newsreels and documentaries.

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Videos[edit | edit source]

Colour footage from a British documentary.
Colour Footage from another British documentary.
Silent British Pathé newsreel of the race.
Colour footage from a British documentary.
Silent colour footage of the event.
Movietone News newsreel of the race.


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