1963 German Grand Prix
|6th of 10 races of the 1963 World Automobile Championship|
|Surname:||XXV German Grand Prix|
|Date:||4th August 1963|
|Place:||Nuerburg , Germany|
|Length:||342.15 km in 15 laps of 22.81 km
|Weather:||warm, dry, sunny|
|Driver:||Jim Clark||Lotus Climax|
|Time:||8: 45.8 min|
|Driver:||John Surtees (Round 9)||Ferrari|
|Time:||8: 47.0 min|
BRM continued to use the old BRM P57 for both drivers, Graham Hill and Richie Ginther . The new BRM P61 was also registered for Graham Hill, but it was not used. At Scuderia Ferrari , Willy Mairesse returned after his injury break and drove as the team's second driver alongside John Surtees . A serious accident in the course of the race led to another injury break, so that he did not contest for another year. He then remained active as a test driver for Ferrari, but no longer drove any more races in the context of the automobile world championship. He was registered for another Grand Prix in 1965 , but did not start. Lorenzo Bandini , who drove his last race for BRM and for Scuderia Centro Sud , replaced Mairesse at Ferrari from the 1963 Italian Grand Prix .
Before the German Grand Prix, the Solitude race took place near Stuttgart . After Jim Clark had retired while in the lead, Jack Brabham won the race on a Brabham, which was the car's first victory in a non-World Automobile Grand Prix.
In the teams with customer vehicles, there were other drivers who drove their last race. For Scirocco were Tony Settember and Ian Burgess reported. Burgess then ended his career. Bernard Collomb qualified one last time for a Grand Prix in a private Lotus 24 , Kurt Kuhnke missed the qualification in his last race on a Lotus 18 . At Ecurie Maarsbergen , Gerhard Mitter drove for a second time alongside Carel Godin de Beaufort and for the last time in the season as well as in a Porsche . The Tim Parnell team was registered with Tim Parnell and André Pilette , Parnell then ended his career in the automobile world championship, Pilette the season. With Joakim Bonnier and Graham Hill two former winners took part in the race, Ferrari had previously been successful six times, Lotus and BRM once each. In the drivers' championship, Clark was 22 points ahead of Ginther and 23 points over Graham Hill. Lotus led the constructors' standings , with a lead of 19 points over BRM and 21 points over Cooper . In both evaluations there were still theoretical chances for the title for everyone.
Clark dominated the practice session and took pole position for the fourth time in a row . He was almost a second faster than second-placed Surtees and more than seven seconds faster than third-placed Bandini. Bandini qualified with the customer vehicle ahead of the two BRM works drivers Graham Hill in fourth and Ginther in sixth. Bruce McLaren finished fifth, putting five different teams in the top five. If Brabham qualified for the first rows in the previous races, the car was not capable of winning the German Grand Prix. Jack Brabham was eighth in training behind Mairesse, team-mate Dan Gurney finished 13th on the grid. The first ten were completed by Jo Siffert and Tony Maggs . The vehicles from Lola Cars , Porsche and Scirocco took up places in the back field.
The starting field was limited to 22 cars. As a result, the four slowest drivers did not qualify for the race. These were Pilette, Ian Raby , Parnell and Kuhnke. These four drivers on Clark were more than a minute apart. Leaked oil on the track caused problems during the first practice session, Ireland went off the track, damaged the car slightly and was uninjured.
Clark won the start and took the lead over the two BRMs of Ginther and Graham Hill. The clutch on Brabham's car initially failed and it took more than eight minutes before he left. During the first lap, Clark ran into trouble with the engine of his Lotus, so Ginther overtook him and took the lead. But he suffered transmission problems, so that he lost several positions and fell back to fifth behind McLaren. Surtees then led the race and fought a duel with Clark. His team-mate Mairesse had a serious accident in the airfield section and narrowly missed the audience, but met a paramedic who was killed in the process. Mairesse broke an arm and was transported to the hospital. Another collision occurred on the first lap of the race between Bandini and Ireland. Both drivers retired but were uninjured. After Graham Hill retired with a gearbox failure, McLaren improved to third place. He also had a serious accident and was taken to hospital unconscious with a concussion and knee injuries. Carel Godin de Beaufort lost the left rear wheel of his Porsche between Adenauer Forst and Metzgesfeld. The rim had broken off all around the wheel nuts. De Beaufort managed to keep the car on the track and got out of it unharmed. Chris Amon also had an accident because the steering failed on his Lola and he hit several trees. He survived with minor knee injuries. On lap five, Settember also went off the track and survived the retirement without injuries.
At the front, Clark overtook Surtees, but only seven cylinders of his engine were working, so Surtees countered one lap later and then continuously expanded the lead over Clark. Third was Ginther, who, like Clark, was struggling with technical problems. Maggs was fourth until retired with an engine failure. Siffert took over this position, but retired due to a gearbox failure, but was still classified in ninth place. Gurney and Cabral had previously had transmission damage that led to the abandonment. After Beaufort parked his car on lap nine because of a lost wheel, only ten vehicles remained in the field.
Surtees increased the lead on Clark to more than a minute and won the race by a large margin. This was his first win in the automobile world championship and the prelude to a successful time at Ferrari, which brought him the driver’s world championship the following season. Ferrari last won a Grand Prix at the 1961 Italian Grand Prix and Surtees said after the race that he showed his team how to be successful again after they had a miserable season in 1962. In the following year, at the 1964 German Grand Prix , Surtees repeated this success. With the race win, he also broke the winning streak of Clark, who had previously won four grands prix in a row. Clark's second place was the only time in the automobile world championship that he occupied that position. He said after the Grand Prix that Surtees drove a fine race and that with a missing cylinder he was having trouble keeping the car in the race. Ginther was third in front of Mitter, Hall and Bonnier. It was Mitter's only point placement and the last for Hall. Brabham crossed the finish line in seventh ahead of Taylor, Siffert and Collomb.
In the drivers' championship, Surtees improved to second place and was 20 points behind Clark. All drivers with at least six points still had theoretical chances for the title, but Clark would have been enough to win the next race to become world champion early. There was a similar situation in the constructors' championship. Ferrari improved to second place, the gap to the leading Lotus was 21 points. Lotus lacked another win to win the title in the next race.
- Graham Hill drove the BRM P57 with the number 1 in practice sessions and in the race.
- Innes Ireland drove the number 14 Lotus in practice sessions and in races.
- According to Eckhard Schimpf : Prinzenpark - car and motorcycle races of the post-war period , there were difficulties in adapting the Borgward engine to the Lotus, which is why Kuhnke drove at the Nürburgring in 1963 with the Climax engine that was originally installed in the car.
|1||Jim Clark||Lotus Climax||8: 45.8||156.17 km / h||1|
|2||John Surtees||Ferrari||8: 46.7||155.91 km / h||2|
|3||Lorenzo Bandini||BRM||8: 54.3||153.69 km / h||3|
|4th||Graham Hill||BRM||8: 57.2||152.86 km / h||4th|
|5||Bruce McLaren||Cooper-Climax||8: 57.3||152.83 km / h||5|
|6th||Richie Ginther||BRM||9: 02.8||151.28 km / h||6th|
|7th||Willy Mairesse||Ferrari||9: 03.5||151.09 km / h||7th|
|8th||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Climax||9: 04.2||150.89 km / h||8th|
|9||Jo Siffert||Lotus BRM||9: 11.1||149.00 km / h||9|
|10||Tony Maggs||Cooper-Climax||9: 11.6||148.87 km / h||10|
|11||Innes Ireland||Lotus BRM||9: 14.6||148.06 km / h||11|
|12||Jo Bonnier||Cooper-Climax||9: 16.0||147.69 km / h||12|
|13||Dan Gurney||Brabham-Climax||9: 17.2||147.37 km / h||13|
|14th||Chris Amon||Lola-Climax||9: 20.1||146.61 km / h||14th|
|15th||Gerhard Mitter||Porsche||9: 20.9||146.40 km / h||15th|
|16||Jim Hall||Lotus BRM||9: 22.7||145.93 km / h||16|
|17th||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||9: 25.1||145.31 km / h||17th|
|18th||Trevor Taylor||Lotus Climax||9: 33.8||143.11 km / h||18th|
|19th||Ian Burgess||Scirocco BRM||9: 52.2||138.66 km / h||19th|
|20th||Mário de Araújo Cabral||Cooper-Climax||9: 53.1||138.45 km / h||20th|
|21st||Bernard Collomb||Lotus Climax||10: 01.0||136.63 km / h||21st|
|22nd||Tony Settember||Scirocco BRM||10: 02.0||136.41 km / h||22nd|
|DNQ||André Pilette||Lotus Climax||10: 20.0||132.45 km / h||-|
|DNQ||Ian Raby||Gilby-BRM||10: 44.7||127.37 km / h||-|
|DNQ||Tim Parnell||Lotus Climax||11: 07.2||123.08 km / h||-|
|DNQ||Kurt Kuhnke||Lotus Borgward||11: 23.5||120.14 km / h||-|
|Item||driver||constructor||Round||Stops||time||begin||Fastest lap||Failure reason|
|1||John Surtees||Ferrari||15th||0||2: 13: 06.8||2||9: 47.0|
|2||Jim Clark||Lotus Climax||15th||0||+1: 17.5||1|
|3||Richie Ginther||BRM||15th||0||+ 2: 44.9||6th|
|4th||Gerhard Mitter||Porsche||15th||0||+ 8: 11.5||15th|
|5||Jim Hall||Lotus BRM||14th||0||+ 1 lap||16|
|6th||Jo Bonnier||Cooper-Climax||14th||0||+ 1 lap||12|
|7th||Jack Brabham||Brabham-Climax||14th||0||+ 1 lap||8th|
|8th||Trevor Taylor||Lotus Climax||14th||0||+ 1 lap||18th|
|9||Jo Siffert||Lotus Climax||10||0||+ 5 rounds||9|
|10||Bernard Collomb||Lotus Climax||10||0||+ 5 rounds||21st|
|-||Carel Godin de Beaufort||Porsche||9||0||DNF||17th||lost wheel|
|-||Tony Maggs||Cooper-Climax||7th||0||DNF||10||Engine failure|
|-||Mário de Araújo Cabral||Cooper-Climax||7th||0||DNF||20th||transmission|
|-||Tony Settember||Scirocco BRM||5||0||DNF||22nd||accident|
|-||Ian Burgess||Scirocco BRM||5||0||DNF||19th||Steering lever|
|-||Chris Amon||Lola-Climax||2||0||DNF||14th||Steering failure / accident|
|-||Innes Ireland||Lotus BRM||1||0||DNF||11||Collision with Bandini|
|-||Lorenzo Bandini||BRM||0||0||DNF||3||Collision with Ireland|
World Cup stands after the race
The first six of the race got 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 points. Only the six best results from ten races counted. In the constructors' championship, only the points of the best placed driver on a team counted.
- Results at motorsportarchiv.de ( page no longer available , search in web archives )
- Photos at f1-facts.com
- Grand Prix Results: German GP, 1963 at grandprix.com
- Formula 1 Grand Prix of Germany Nürburgring 1963 at youtube.com
- When Surtees won the 1963 German GP at motorsportmagazine.com
- Surtees takes first win on four wheels at espnf1.com