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1956 Monaco Grand Prix

1956 Monaco Grand Prix
Circuit de Monaco 1950.png
Race details
Date 13 May 1956
Official name XIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street Circuit
Course length 3.145 km (1.954 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 314.500 km (195.421 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:44.0
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ferrari
Time 1:44.4
First Maserati
Second Ferrari
Third Maserati

The 1956 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 13 May 1956 at Monaco. It was race 2 of 8 in the 1956 World Championship of Drivers.

The Owen's B.R.M. made their first appearance but after qualifying both cars were withdrawn due to engine valve problems. The other two non-starters were also teammates: the too slow Scarlatti and Chiron due to his engine blowing up in practice.

Moss, starting from the middle of the front row, took the lead at Gasworks on the first lap and led every lap. Fangio was not having a good day. He hit the straw bales on lap 2, causing Schell and Musso to retire when trying to avoid him, and on lap 32 he hit the harbour wall, bending a rear wheel. He turned the car over to Castellotti after the pit stop to fix the wheel. On lap 54 while second, Collins came in the pit and turned his car over to Fangio. He resumed in third and passed Behra for second on lap 70 but he was 47 seconds behind Moss. On lap 86 Perdisa's brakes locked when being lapped by Moss, the resulting contact caused Moss's bonnet to lift allowing Fangio to close the gap by two seconds each lap but Moss won with a 6-second cushion.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Maserati 100 3:00:32.9 2 8
2 26 United Kingdom Peter Collins
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari 100 +6.1 sec 9 3
3 30 France Jean Behra Maserati 99 +1 Lap 4 4
4 20 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
Ferrari 94 +6 Laps 1 02
5 6 Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos Gordini 93 +7 Laps 14 2
6 4 France Élie Bayol
Belgium André Pilette
Gordini 88 +12 Laps 11
7 32 Italy Cesare Perdisa Maserati 86 +14 Laps 7
8 18 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 85 +15 Laps 16
Ret 2 France Robert Manzon Gordini 90 Accident 12
Ret 8 France Louis Rosier Maserati 72 Engine 15
Ret 22 Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ferrari 14 Clutch 3
Ret 14 France Maurice Trintignant Vanwall 13 Overheating 6
Ret 16 United States Harry Schell Vanwall 2 Accident 5
Ret 24 Italy Luigi Musso Ferrari 2 Accident 8
DNQ 36 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Ferrari
WD 10 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn BRM Engine Valve
WD 12 United Kingdom Tony Brooks BRM Engine Valve
WD 34 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati Blown Engine
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap
  • ^2 – Fangio scored no points for fourth place as he had already scored points for finishing second


Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 France Jean Behra 10
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
1uparrow green.svg 7 3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 Italy Luigi Musso 4
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


  1. ^ "1956 Monaco Grand Prix". Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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