It was 1959 when the Cooper Car Company built its T51, the first rear-engine Formula 1 that managed to establish itself in both the manufacturers and drivers championship thanks to the Australian runner Jack Brabham.

The result was again obtained also in the 1960 season with the new T53, and this made Carlo Chiti, responsible for the design of the Ferrari Formula 1 cars, very thoughtful.

He knew well that it was necessary to develop a new rear-powered car to remain competitive and for this reason he put pressure on Enzo Ferrari to approve the development.

In the end, Drake gave his assent and even managed to get a Cooper chassis thanks to Guglielmo Dei, manager of the Scuderia Centro Sud who lent it to him so that the Ferrari technicians could examine it.

The new 156 F1 was thus developed, which was based on a tubular steel frame and was equipped with a 185 hp Dino V6 1.5 engine powered by 3 Webwe 42DCN carburettors and managed by a five-speed manual gearbox.

Entrusted to the drivers Phill Hill, Wolfgang von Trips and Richie Ginther, the car proved to be extremely performing, conquering not only the constructors title but also the drivers trophy.

In fact, Hill managed to conquer the championship reserved for runners by obtaining two third places in West Germany and Montecarlo, two second places in Great Britain and the Netherlands and two wins, one in Belgium and one in the tragic Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

In fact, that day Jim Clark and von Trips appeared paired at the entrance of the parabolic during the second lap and the English driver, trying to brake at the limit, skidded and buffered von Trips' car which, after a spin, left the track flying against the protective nets behind which many spectators were crowded.

The impact was devastating and in addition to the German driver, 14 people lost their lives overwhelmed by the carcass of the 156 F1 now out of control.

In 1962 the car was again deployed in the world championship, but there were no significant results due to the abandonment of most of the technical staff by the Scuderia Ferrari, an event that prevented the proper development of the car.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BELGIUM GP

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITALIAN GP

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Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation

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