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1963 Formula One season
Drivers' Champion: Jim Clark
International Cup Champion: Lotus-Climax
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The 1963 Formula One season was the 17th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 14th FIA World Championship of Drivers,[1] the sixth International Cup for F1 Manufacturers [2] and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship commenced on 26 May 1963, and ended on 28 December after ten races.

Season summary

Jim Clark won his first championship with seven wins to two by Graham Hill and one by John Surtees in a revised Ferrari. This record number of wins in a season was not equalled until Alain Prost won seven races in 1984 driving a McLaren MP4/2, and it was not beaten until 1988 when Ayrton Senna won eight races in the McLaren MP4/4 (his teammate Prost again won seven races in 1988). However, unlike 1963 which only consisted of ten races, both the 1984 and 1988 seasons consisted of 16 races giving Clark a better winning ratio (70%) than either Prost (43.75%) or Senna (50%).

The ATS venture, founded by ex-Ferrari workers, was a failure which damaged Phil Hill's Grand Prix career. It was unrelated to the late 1970s German operation which was marginally more successful.

1963 Formula One season Season summary articles: 12

Championship calendar

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 26 May Jim Clark John Surtees Graham Hill BRM D Report
2 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 9 June Graham Hill Jim Clark Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
3 Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 23 June Jim Clark Jim Clark Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
4 French Grand Prix Reims 30 June Jim Clark Jim Clark Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
5 British Grand Prix Silverstone 20 July Jim Clark John Surtees Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
6 German Grand Prix Nürburgring 4 August Jim Clark John Surtees John Surtees Ferrari D Report
7 Italian Grand Prix Monza 8 September John Surtees Jim Clark Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
8 United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 6 October Graham Hill Jim Clark Graham Hill BRM D Report
9 Mexican Grand Prix Magdalena Mixhuca 27 October Jim Clark Jim Clark Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report
10 South African Grand Prix Prince George 28 December Jim Clark Dan Gurney Jim Clark Lotus-Climax D Report

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1963 FIA World Championship.

Scot Jim Clark (pictured in 1966) won his 1st driver's championship, driving for Lotus
Graham Hill placed second in the championship driving for BRM

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Dutch Newsreel on the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix.
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Brabham Racing Organisation Lotus-Climax 25 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Jack Brabham 1
Brabham-Climax BT7
BT3
2–10
Dan Gurney All
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P57
P61
BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Richie Ginther All
Graham Hill All
Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T66 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Bruce McLaren All
Tony Maggs All
Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 25 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Jim Clark All
Trevor Taylor 1–6, 8–10
Peter Arundell 4
Mike Spence 7
Pedro Rodríguez 8–9
R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax T60
T66
Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Jo Bonnier All
British Racing Partnership Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Jim Hall 1–9
Innes Ireland 1, 6
BRP-BRM Mk 1 2–5, 7
Reg Parnell Racing
R.H.H. Parnell
Lola-Climax Mk4A Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Chris Amon 1–7
Maurice Trintignant 1
Lucien Bianchi 2
Mike Hailwood 7
Masten Gregory 8–9
Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 Maurice Trintignant 4
Mike Hailwood 5
Lotus-BRM BRM P56 1.5 V8 Masten Gregory 5
Rodger Ward 8
Hap Sharp 8–9
Chris Amon 9
Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 156 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D Willy Mairesse 1–2, 6
John Surtees All
Ludovico Scarfiotti 3–4
Lorenzo Bandini 7–10
Bernard Collomb Lotus-Climax 24 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Bernard Collomb 1, 6
Siffert Racing Team Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Jo Siffert 1–9
Scirocco Powell Racing Cars Scirocco-BRM SP BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Tony Settember 2, 4–7
Ian Burgess 5–6
Automobili Turismo e Sport ATS 100 ATS 100 1.5 V8 D Phil Hill 2–3, 7–9
Giancarlo Baghetti 2–3, 7–9
Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Carel Godin de Beaufort 2–3, 5–10
Gerhard Mitter 3, 6
Ecurie Filipinetti Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Phil Hill 4
Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Lorenzo Bandini 4–6
Maurice Trintignant 7
Moisés Solana 9
Cooper-Climax T60 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 Mário de Araújo Cabral 6–7
Cooper-Maserati T53 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 Ernesto Brambilla 7
Tim Parnell Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Masten Gregory 4, 7
Lola-Climax Mk4 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 John Campbell-Jones 5
Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 André Pilette 6
Tim Parnell 6
DW Racing Enterprises Lola-Climax Mk4 Climax FWMV 1.5 V8 D Bob Anderson 5, 7
Ian Raby Racing Gilby-BRM 62 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Ian Raby 5–7
Kurt Kuhnke Lotus-Borgward 18 Borgward 1500 RS 1.5 L4 D Kurt Kuhnke 6
Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-Ferrari F1 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 D Roberto Lippi 7
André Pilette Lotus-Climax 18/21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D André Pilette 7
Canadian Stebro Racing Stebro-Ford Mk IV Ford 109E 1.5 L4 D Peter Broeker 8
Frank Dochnal Cooper-Climax T51 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Frank Dochnal 9
Lawson Organisation Lotus-Climax 21 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Ernie Pieterse 10
Selby Auto Spares Lotus-BRM 24 BRM P56 1.5 V8 D Paddy Driver 10
Otelle Nucci LDS-Alfa Romeo Mk 1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D Doug Serrurier 10
Alfa Romeo Special Peter de Klerk 10
John Love Cooper-Climax T55 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D John Love 10
Sam Tingle LDS-Alfa Romeo Mk 1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 L4 D Sam Tingle 10
Ted Lanfear Lotus-Ford 22 Ford 109E 1.5 L4 D Brausch Niemann 10
David Prophet Brabham-Ford BT6 Ford 109E 1.5 L4 D David Prophet 10
Scuderia Lupini Cooper-Maserati T51 Maserati 6-1500 1.5 L4 D Trevor Blokdyk 10

1963 Formula One season Championship calendar articles: 118

1963 Drivers' Championship – final standings

Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis at each round, with only the best six round results retained.

Pos. Driver MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
Pts.[3]
1 Jim Clark 8 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 (3) 1 (1) 54 (73)
2 Graham Hill 1 Ret Ret 3‡ 3 Ret 16 1 4 3 29
= Richie Ginther 2 4 (5) Ret (4) 3 2 2 3 Ret 29 (34)
4 John Surtees 4 Ret 3 Ret 2 1 Ret 9 DSQ Ret 22
5 Dan Gurney Ret 3 2 5 Ret Ret 14 Ret 6 2 19
6 Bruce McLaren 3 2 Ret 12 Ret Ret 3 11 Ret 4 17
7 Jack Brabham 9 Ret Ret 4 Ret 7 5 4 2 13 14
8 Tony Maggs 5 7 Ret 2 9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 7 9
9 Innes Ireland Ret Ret 4 9 Ret Ret 4 6
= Lorenzo Bandini 10 5 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 6
= Jo Bonnier 7 5 11 NC Ret 6 7 8 5 6 6
12 Gerhard Mitter Ret 4 3
= Jim Hall Ret Ret 8 11 6 5 8 10 8 3
14 Carel Godin de Beaufort 6 9 10 Ret DNQ 6 10 10 2
15 Jo Siffert Ret Ret 7 6 Ret 9 Ret Ret 9 1
= Trevor Taylor 6 Ret 10 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret 8 1
= Ludovico Scarfiotti 6 DNS 1
Chris Amon DNS Ret Ret 7 7 Ret DNS Ret 0
Hap Sharp Ret 7 0
Peter Broeker 7 0
Maurice Trintignant Ret 8 9 0
Mike Hailwood 8 10 0
Tony Settember 8 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
John Love 9 0
Bernard Collomb DNQ 10 0
Phil Hill Ret Ret NC 11 Ret Ret 0
Masten Gregory Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 0
Moisés Solana 11 0
Doug Serrurier 11 0
Bob Anderson 12 12 0
Trevor Blokdyk 12 0
John Campbell-Jones 13 0
Mike Spence 13 0
Brausch Niemann 14 0
Giancarlo Baghetti Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 0
Willy Mairesse Ret Ret Ret 0
Ian Burgess Ret Ret 0
Pedro Rodriguez Ret Ret 0
Ian Raby Ret DNQ DNQ 0
Lucien Bianchi Ret 0
Mário de Araújo Cabral Ret DNS 0
Rodger Ward Ret 0
Peter de Klerk Ret 0
Sam Tingle Ret 0
Ernie Pieterse Ret 0
David Prophet Ret 0
André Pilette DNQ DNQ 0
Tim Parnell DNQ 0
Kurt Kuhnke DNQ 0
Roberto Lippi DNQ 0
Ernesto Brambilla DNQ 0
Frank Dochnal DNQ 0
Paddy Driver DNS 0
Pos. Driver MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
Pts.[3]
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap
  • Italics indicate fastest lap
  • Bold indicates pole position

‡ No points awarded as Hill's car was pushed at the start line.[4]

1963 Formula One season 1963 Drivers' Championship – final standings articles: 14

1963 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standings

Lotus-Climax won the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers with the Lotus 25
BRM placed second
Ferrari placed third

Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis at each round with only the best six round results retained. Only the best placed car from each manufacturer at each round was eligible to score points.

Pos. Manufacturer MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
Pts.[3]
1 Lotus-Climax (6) 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 (3) 1 (1) 54 (74)
2 BRM 1 (4) (5) 3‡ 3 3 2 1 3 (3) 36 (45)
3 Brabham-Climax Ret 3 2 4 Ret 7 (5) 4 2 2 28 (30)
4 Ferrari 4 Ret 3 Ret 2 1 Ret 5 Ret 5 26
5 Cooper-Climax 3 2 11 2 9 (6) 3 8 5 4 25 (26)
6 BRP-BRM Ret 4 9 Ret 4 WD WD 6
7 Porsche 6 9 10 4 DNQ 6 10 10 5
8 Lotus-BRM Ret Ret 7 6 6 5 8 10 7 DNS 4
Lola-Climax Ret Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 10 Ret Ret 0
Stebro-Ford 7 0
Scirocco-BRM WD 8 WD Ret Ret Ret DNQ 0
ATS WD Ret Ret WD WD WD 11 Ret Ret 0
LDS-Alfa Romeo 11 0
Cooper-Maserati DNQ 12 0
Lotus-Ford 14 0
Gilby-BRM Ret DNQ DNQ 0
Alfa Romeo Ret 0
Lotus-Borgward DNQ 0
De Tomaso-Ferrari DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
USA
MEX
RSA
Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

‡ No points awarded as Hill's car was pushed at the start line.[4]

1963 Formula One season 1963 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standings articles: 2

Non-championship race results

Other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship, were also held in 1963.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
IV Lombank Trophy Snetterton 30 March Graham Hill BRM Report
XXIII Pau Grand Prix Pau 15 April Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
XI Glover Trophy Goodwood 15 April Innes Ireland Lotus-BRM Report
IV Gran Premio Citta di Imola Imola 21 April Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
XIV Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 25 April Jo Siffert Lotus-BRM Report
XIX BARC Aintree 200 Aintree 27 April Graham Hill BRM Report
XVI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 11 May Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
XV Gran Premio di Roma Vallelunga 19 May Bob Anderson Lola-Climax Report
III Solituderennen Solitudering 28 July Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Report
XII Kanonloppet Karlskoga 11 August Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
III Mediterranean Grand Prix Enna Pergusa 18 August John Surtees Ferrari Report
I Austrian Grand Prix Zeltweg 1 September Jack Brabham Brabham-Climax Report
X International Gold Cup Oulton Park 21 September Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Report
Rand Grand Prix Kyalami 14 December John Surtees Ferrari Report

1963 Formula One season Non-championship race results articles: 44