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1959 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Robert F. Pauley.
Champion Constructor: Cooper Climax (GB,1,0)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,0,10)
Champion Driver: Jack Brabham (AU,1,1)
Putative Driver: Jack Brabham (AU)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model Dino 246, 2.42-liter, six-cylinder vee, light alloy engine, DOHC, three carburetors, four-speed, elliptical tube frame, double wishbone/De Dion axle independent suspension, 280 horsepower (Alfredo Ferrari, Vittorio Jano, Medardo Fantuzzi).

Ground-breaking Cooper with its T51 entry edges out Scuderia Ferrari in the season finale at Sebring in December for its maiden Formula 1 constructors' title in 1959, yet the close race falls in favor for Ferrari per the putative model as the racing house ascends as the all-time Grand Prix career leader with its tenth putative constructors' crown. Cooper pilot Jack Brabham must literally push his fuel-less entry across the finish line at Sebring to seal his first drivers' crown over Tony Brooks to becomes the first Australian driver to accomplish the feat. Defending constructors' champion British Vandervell Vanwall with no prior warning elects to withdraw from motorsport during the preseason. Owen driver Jo Bonnier wins at Zandvoort in May, providing his team owner and his native country with their respective first series victories. USA racing star Dan Gurney makes his F1 debut at Reims in July. F1 makes its inaugural visits to AVUS in August, Monsanto Park, Lisbon, Portugal in August, and Sebring in December. Departures: J. Michael Hawthorn, 29, b. Mexborough, England 1929, d. auto accident near London, England, January. Jean Behra, 38, b. Nice, France 1921, d. postrace German GP weekend, Berlin, August.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari87     Brabham J46
Cooper Climax (SC)79     Brooks T (SC)39
Walker Cooper Climax45     Moss S36
Owen BRM20     Hill P25
Wilke Watson Offenhauser12     Trintignant21
Hopkins Watson Offenhauser8     McLaren21
BRP BRM8     

Noteworthy 1959 Races

1959 XVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monte Carlo1959 1959 XVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a 2.5-liter British Cooper Climax T51 under upstart Aussie Jack Brabham (AU) in 2:55:51.3 (average 67.00 mph), under twenty-one seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Brabham moves out front on Lap 82 as the competition suffers a slew of mechanicals and 'Black Jack' comfortably wins for a maiden Formula 1 victory for himself and Australia. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1959 XXI Grosser Preis von Deutschland Berlin, East Germany1959 1959 XXI Grosser Preis von Deutschland At Berlin on the speedy banked Avus oval for the German Grand Prix (498 kilometers, series of heats) in August, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari under Tony Brooks (GB) notches a victory in 2:09:31.6, (record average 139.00 mph), under two seconds ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by rookie American driver Dan Gurney. Brooks wins both heats to take the aggregate victory as team orders do not permit Gurney to challenge Brooks for the flag. The race claims the life of reputed driver Jean Behra, who succumbs to his injuries six days after his Porsche soars out and over the Avus Circuit outer wall during a sportscar race held prior to the Grand Prix event. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1959 II United States Grand Prix Sebring, Florida1959 1959 II United States Grand Prix At Sebring for the maiden United States Grand Prix (351.5 kilometers) in December, a British Cooper Climax under Bruce McLaren (NZ) crosses first in 2:12:35.7 (average 98.87 mph), under a second (.60) ahead of Cooper entry. McLaren, the youngest driver to win an F1 contest to date, moves out front on the final circuit after race leader Jack Brabham in his Cooper exhausts his fuel supply just a half-mile from the finish. Brabham pushes his empty Cooper across the line for a fourth place finish, enough to outscore third-place Tony Brooks in his Ferrari in the points and capture his maiden F1 Drivers’ championship. Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward runs a midget entry with an American Offenhauser engine against the European competition to disappointing results. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.