Jim Clark celebrates his maiden world championship win at the 1962 Belgian Grand Prix

1962 Belgian Grand Prix

The wonderful 14.1-kilometre circuit that runs between Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot, in the hills near Spa, needs little introduction to followers of Grand Prix racing, and this year everyone was looking forward to the Belgian GP with keen anticipation as it was to be the first time that the new British Grand Prix V8 engines could be wound up to full song in top gear and kept there for a considerable time.

On paper the grid was to consist of sixteen invited drivers and those others who would qualify from the remainder of the entry. As it turned out a number of people did not arrive so there was no need for any qualifying, among those who did not appear being the two works Porsches, internal strife at the factory still holding up their active racing programme, the two private BRM owners, Lewis and Marsh, did not come, and Bowmaker entered only one Lola.

The Scuderia Ferrari were out in force, having four 120-degree engined cars for Hill, Mairesse, Baghetti and Rodriguez, it being Bandini’s turn to sit in the pits and watch. Three of the cars had new front wishbones with easily adjustable base pivots, and all had the wider rear wishbones, while only Rodriguez was using a rear roll-bar. They were virtually as last year, the new chassis with forward-mounted gearbox not being used, nor was there any sign of the new “4-valve” cylinder heads.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Spa-Francorchamps

Country

Belgium

Location

Francorchamps, Wallonia

Type

Temporary road course

Length

8.761 (Miles)

Record

Henri Pescarolo (Matra-Simca MS670), 3m13.4, 163.080 mph, Sports Cars, 1973

3,255

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