Starter Louis Chiron reportedly dropped his flag a few seconds earlier than expected during his five-second countdown causing the front row to hesitate. Willy Mairesse, however, shot through from the second row banging wheels with Clark and Hill as he squeezed through the gap and took the lead as they approached the Gasworks hairpin. Ultimately he took too much speed into the corner and got all crossed up under braking and McLaren and Hill went either side of him.
In the midfield, Trintignant and Ginther touched wheels as they approached the corner. Trintignant began spinning around and slammed the sea wall, while the out-of-control Ginther first collected the back of Gurney's Porsche, then Innes Ireland's UDT-Laystall Lotus and hit the haybales head on. Gurney's Porsche was not disturbed by the crash but retired immediately as the rear of the gearbox had been ripped off, while Ireland spun into the bales besides Ginther but continued the race. The rest of the field pushed and shoved their way round the corner, and Taylor's Lotus bent its nose cowling vertically upwards.
When the dust had settled Ginther's car was minus a rear wheel, hub carrier, brake and drive-shaft, the whole assembly unfortunately having flown over the bales and hit a marshal. Ginther walked back to the pits, taking the blame for the mix-up as he thought his throttle had stuck open, but it was more likely an impression gained by the cars in front of him stopping more abruptly than anticipated. As if all this was not enough, Mairesse spun at the Station Hairpin and there was some more bumping and boring, this time without any more breakages. There was a pretty mild old panic as the field came round the Tobacconist Corner, for the debris at the hairpin was still being sorted out.
The injured marshal was taken to the Princess Grace Polyclinic of Monaco. After being given first aid, he was transferred to the Saint Roch hospital in Nice where, in spite of a delicate operation, he succumbed nine days later, on Tuesday, 12 June 1962 morning. He was 52-year-old and worked as the assistant manager of the Monaco Bus Company depot.
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