A marathon Grand Prix

21. Dec 2020 
by Pierre Van Vliet

At the end of the ’50s, the first rear-engined single seaters took the upper-hand on the front-engined ‘dinosaures’, as illustrated here at the 1959 Monaco Grand Prix where Jack Brabham (Cooper T51) won by 20 sec over Tony Brooks (Ferrari 246) at the end of a 100 lap race that lasted a little bit less than 3 hours at an average speed of 107 km/h.

The winner of the last edition Maurice Trintignant, finished third on a Rob Walker entered Cooper, but 2 full laps behind the first two, on what can genuinely be called an endurance race: only five drivers saw the checkered flag, with the fourth driver, Phil Hill (Ferrari), 3 laps behind the leader, and the fifth, Bruce McLaren (Cooper), crossing the finishing line 4 laps behind.

Source: DR

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