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1956 Formula One season

1956 Formula One season

The 1956 Formula One season featured the seventh FIA World Championship of Drivers as well as numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars. The championship series commenced on January 22, 1956 and ended on September 2 after eight races.

Season summary

Mercedes had withdrawn, so Fangio joined Ferrari team, which had been given the Lancia D50 cars when that team withdrew for financial reasons. The main challenge to Fangio came from Moss at Maserati, and from his team mate Collins, although the British Connaughts, Vanwalls and BRMs showed some signs of promise. Moss and Collins each won two races, but Fangio's shared victory with Musso in Argentina made all the difference.

Season review

Round Race Date Location Winning driver(s) Constructor Report
1 Argentine Grand Prix January 22 Oscar Gálvez Luigi Musso / Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
2 Monaco Grand Prix May 13 Monaco Stirling Moss Maserati Report
3 Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis Pat Flaherty Watson-Offenhauser Report
4 Belgian Grand Prix June 3 Spa-Francorchamps Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
5 French Grand Prix July 1 Reims Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
6 British Grand Prix July 14 Silverstone Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
7 German Grand Prix August 5 Nürburgring Juan Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Report
8 Italian Grand Prix September 2 Monza Stirling Moss Maserati Report

1956 Drivers Championship final standings

Championship points were awarded at each round 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. Only the best five round results were counted.

Pos. Driver ARG
MON
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
Pts.
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 1*† / Ret 2*† / 4† Ret 4* 1 1* 2† / 8† 30 (33)
2 Stirling Moss Ret 1 3*† / Ret 5† / Ret Ret* 2 1* 27 (28)
3 Peter Collins Ret 2† 1 1 2† / Ret Ret† / Ret 2† 25
4 Jean Behra 2 3 7 3 3 3 Ret† / Ret 22
5 Pat Flaherty 1 8
6 Eugenio Castellotti Ret 4† / Ret Ret 2 10† Ret† / Ret 8† / Ret 7.5
7 Sam Hanks 2 6
8 Paul Frère 2 6
9 Paco Godia Ret 7 8 4 4 6
10 Jack Fairman 4 5 5
11 Luigi Musso 1† Ret Ret† Ret 4
12 Mike Hawthorn 3 10† Ret 4
13 Ron Flockhart Ret 3 4
14 Don Freeland 3 4
15 Alfonso de Portago Ret 2† / 10† Ret† Ret 3
16 Cesare Perdisa 7 3† 5† 7 Ret 3
17 Harry Schell Ret 4 10† / Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
18 Johnnie Parsons 4 3
19 Louis Rosier Ret 8 6 Ret 5 2
20 Luigi Villoresi 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret† 2
21 Hernando da Silva Ramos 5 8 Ret Ret 2
22 Horace Gould 8 Ret 5 Ret 2
23 Olivier Gendebien 5 Ret 2
24 Dick Rathmann 5 2
25 Gerino Gerini 4† 10 1.5
26 Chico Landi 4† 1.5
27 Paul Russo Ret* 1
28 Andre Pilette 6† 6 11 Ret 0
29 Luigi Piotti Ret 6 0
30 Bob Sweikert 6 0
31 Oscar Gonzalez 6† 0
32 Alberto Uria 6† 0
33 Elie Bayol 6† 0
34 Bob Veith 7 0
35 Toulo de Graffenried 7 0
36 Rodger Ward 8 0
37 Robert Manzon Ret 9 9 Ret Ret 0
38 André Simon Ret 9 0
39 Jimmy Reece 9 0
40 Cliff Griffith 10 0
41 Roy Salvadori Ret Ret 11 0
42 Gene Hartley 11 0
43 Bob Gerard 11 0
44 Fred Agabashian 12 0
45 Bob Christie 13 0
46 Al Keller 14 0
47 Eddie Johnson 15 0
48 Billy Garrett 16 0
49 Duke Dinsmore 17 0
50 Pat O'Connor 18 0
51 Jimmy Bryan 19 0
Ottorino Volonterio NC 0
Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Umberto Maglioli Ret Ret Ret† 0
Bruce Halford Ret DSQ Ret 0
José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
Piero Taruffi Ret Ret 0
Giorgio Scarlatti DNQ Ret 0
Carlos Menditeguy Ret 0
Jim Rathmann Ret 0
Johnnie Tolan Ret 0
Tony Bettenhausen Ret 0
Jimmy Daywalt Ret 0
Jack Turner Ret 0
Keith Andrews Ret 0
Andy Linden Ret 0
Al Herman Ret 0
Ray Crawford Ret 0
Johnny Boyd Ret 0
Troy Ruttman Ret 0
Johnny Thomson Ret 0
Piero Scotti Ret 0
Desmond Titterington Ret 0
Tony Brooks Ret 0
Archie Scott-Brown Ret 0
Paul Emery Ret 0
Jack Brabham Ret 0
Andre Milhoux Ret 0
Les Leston Ret 0
Ed Elisian Ret† 0
Eddie Russo Ret† 0
Joakim Bonnier Ret† 0
Colin Chapman DNS 0
Pos. Driver ARG
MON
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
Pts.

  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • † 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

Other Formula One races also held in 1956, which did not count towards the World Championship.

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

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