1959 United States Grand Prix

The 1959 United States Grand Prix was Round 9 of the 1959 Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held at Sebring in Florida, USA on Sunday, 12 December 1959. Stirling Moss started on pole position in a Cooper Climax and Bruce McLaren was the race winner in the Cooper Climax. The result of this Grand Prix sealed the outcome of the 1959 Drivers’ Championship and Jack Brabham won the title for the first time.

During an interview with Beyond The Grid – The F1® Podcast released on 28 August 2019, Tony Brooks reminisced about the incident with team-mate Wolfgang von Trips in this race that almost certainly cost him the 1959 drivers’ title.

1959 United States Grand Prix Race Results
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredTimeGapIntervalBest LapLapPoints
19Bruce McLarenNew ZealandCooper ClimaxDunlop422:12:35.7002:12:35.700--8
26Maurice TrintignantFranceCooper ClimaxDunlop42+0.6002:12:36.300+0.600+0.6003:05.000397
32Tony BrooksGreat BritainFerrariDunlop42+180.9002:15:36.600+3:00.900+3:00.3004
48Jack BrabhamAustraliaCooper ClimaxDunlop42+297.3002:17:33.000+4:57.300+1:56.4003
510Innes IrelandGreat BritainLotus Climax39+3 laps3 laps3 laps2
64Wolfgang von TripsGermanyFerrariDunlop38+4 laps4 laps1 lap
717Harry BlanchardUnited StatesPorsche38+4 laps4 laps
DNF3Cliff AllisonGreat BritainFerrariDunlop23DNF
DNF12Roy SalvadoriGreat BritainCooper Maserati23DNF
DNF1Rodger WardUnited StatesKurtis Kraft Offenhauser20DNF
DNF14Alessandro de TomasoArgentinaCooper Osca13DNF
DNF5Phil HillUnited StatesFerrariDunlop8DNF
DNF15Fritz d'OreyBrazilTec-Mec Maserati6DNF
DNF7Stirling MossGreat BritainCooper ClimaxDunlop5DNF
DNF19Harry SchellUnited StatesCooper Climax5DNF
DNF16George ConstantineUnited StatesCooper Climax5DNF
DNF11Alan StaceyGreat BritainLotus Climax2DNF
DNF18Bob SaidUnited StatesConnaught AltaDNF
DNS22Phil CadeUnited StatesMaseratiDNS