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1960 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: Cooper Climax (GB,2,1)
Putative Constructor: Cooper Climax (GB)
Champion Driver: Jack Brabham (AU,2,2)
Putative Driver: Jack Brabham (AU)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model T53, 2.49-liter, four-cylinder inline, aluminum engine, DOHC, dual carburetors, five-speed, Girling disc brakes, steel spaceframe, double wishbone independent suspension, 245 horsepower (John Cooper, Owen Maddock, Walter Hassan, Harry Mundy).

Cooper ascends as the all-time Formula 1 career championship leader with its second consecutive ICM constructors' title in 1960 as driver Jack Brabham wins five consecutive races on his way to his second consecutive drivers' title. Future F1 champion John Surtees makes his debut at Monaco in May. Future F1 champion Jim Clark makes his debut at Zandvoort in June. Phil Hill of Ferrari becomes the first American to win an F1 event in the modern era at Monza in September. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Riverside, California in November. American sportscar pioneering legend Jim Hall makes his debut at Riverside in November. Departures: Henry Schell, 38, b. Paris, France 1921, d. at practice, BRDC International Trophy, Silverstone, England, May.

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.

Cooper Climax112     Brabham J66
Scuderia Ferrari53     McLaren49
Lotus Climax41     Moss S31
Walker Cooper/Lotus Climax32     Ireland23
BRP Cooper Climax24     Hill P22
Rich Lacy Watson Offenhauser12     Gendebien13

Noteworthy 1960 Races

1960 XVIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monte Carlo1960 1960 XVIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, a British Walker Lotus Mk 18 Climax under Stirling Moss (GB) takes race honors in heavy rains in 2:53:45.5 (average 67.10 mph), under fifty-three seconds ahead of a Cooper entry. Moss overcomes the rain and a fouled spark plug to move out front and pass Jo Bonnier in his B.R.M. on Lap 67 to earn Lotus its maiden F1 victory and his second cross at Monte Carlo. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1960 XXI Grote Prijs Van Belgie Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium1960 1960 XXI Grote Prijs Van Belgie At Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgium Grand Prix (507.5 kilometers) in June, a British Cooper T53 Climax under Jack Brabham (AU) takes the flag in 2:21:37.3 (average 134.00 mph), under sixty-four seconds ahead of a companion Cooper entry. Brabham leads wire-to-wire for victory, yet the race, one of the grimmest in Formula 1 history, claims the lives of Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey, who perish in separate shunts on Laps 25 and 26, respectively, at treacherous Eau Rouge. Lotus driver Stirling Moss survives a horrific shunt during a practice session that sidelines him for months. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: www.brdc.co.uk/.
1960 XIII RAC British Grand Prix Silverstone, England1960 1960 XIII RAC British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (225.5 miles) in July, a British Cooper T53 Climax under Jack Brabham (AU) bests the field in 2:04:24.6 (average 108.69 mph), under fifty seconds ahead of a Lotus entry. Upstart Graham Hill in his B.R.M. raises brows around the circuit and racing world after his hard charge to the front result in a pass of Brabham for the lead on Lap 55 before the Briton suffers brake failure at Copse with only five laps remaining, gifting the triumph to Brabham, his fourth consecutive F1 victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1960 XXXI Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1960 1960 XXXI Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (500 kilometers) in September, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 246 F1 under Phil Hill (US) wins in 2:21:09.2 (average 132.07 mph), under two and a half minutes ahead of a companion Ferrari entry. The British contingent of F1 constructors refuses to attend the Monza meeting out of concerns for track safety after race organizers, seeking to assist Ferrari, combine the road course and banked oval sections to encourage higher race speeds. Ferrari puts on a command performance before the tifosi and sweep the podium as Hill becomes the first American to win a modern-era Formula 1 contest in the last front-engine entry to perform the same. Photo Credit: Getty Images.