Practice: Event of the year; Fangio has signed no contract and after winning 5 times the World Championship, he retires at age 47 from F1 racing. The chicane has been modified again for safety reasons. Vanwall and BRM are getting stronger. The Walker Coopers are doing fine and the first Lotus, driven by an ex-mechanic, Graham Hill, appears in the Monaco curves.
Tony Brooks in the Vanwall takes the pole position with 1’39”8. 16 cars on the starting grid of which 3 mid-engine Cooper Climax 2 litres.
Maria Teresa De Filippis, a female driver from Napoli in a Maserati, did not qualify. Mike Hawthorne became World Champion with one point more than Stirling Moss. Vanwall entered three cars and lost three.
Fastest lap: Mike Hawthorn, Ferrari D246, 1’40.6”, 112.547km/h record
World Driver Championship
1958 GP Season
World Constructor Championship
Race Many British spectators had come to see the start led by Behra in a BRM P25 followed by Moss and Brooks. Trintignant in sixth position moves to 5th, while Brabham loses a stabilizer. Brooks falls back with misfiring spark plugs and Trintignant in second position followed by the Ferrari of Musso, Collins, von Trips, the Lotus of Hill, the Maserati of Bonnier and the Cooper of Brabham.
Behra attacking the chicane with 150 km/h discovers that his brakes are fading and hits the straw bales with the tail end of the car, he seeks the pits and stays put with brake trouble. Hawthorn, who was in first place get overtaken by Moss.
In lap 38 Moss, having given a terrible beating to his Vanwall, burns the valves and Hawthorn takes over with Trintignant in second place. Then Hawthorn in lap 48 blows the fuel pump, has to abandon and Trintignant in the tiny Cooper takes the checkered flag for the second time in Monaco.
Rob Walker head of the Cooper stable is a happy man. Mike Hawthorn recorded the fastest lap with 1’40”6 at 112,547 km/h. Only 6 cars finished the race. This was the first win for a British car, which they continued to do so for the next 16 years!