As Autosport launches the latest episode in its Race of My Life podcast series, we take a look back at a race in which Phil Hill claimed the 1961 Formula 1 world championship – the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza
Race: 1961 Italian GP, Monza
Car: Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’
For the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari entered a very full team. Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther and I had the 120-degree engines, Giancarlo Baghetti and Ricardo Rodriguez the 65-degree ones – Rodriguez was having a try-out with the team.
He was pretty darn quick, too – second on the grid, next to von Trips. There was even a spare car for us.
The BRM V8 engine appeared for the first time too, and with it Graham Hill was quickest of the non-Ferraris, even beating Baghetti to fifth on the grid. Stirling Moss in the Rob Walker Lotus and Jack Brabham