- Dutch Grand Prix
- Von Trips takes maiden win as Ferrari dominate
May 22, 1961: The German Count Wolfgang "Taffy" von Trips won his first grand prix at the seaside circuit of Zandvoort, as Ferrari dominated with their V6 shark-nose cars.
- Monaco Grand Prix
- Moss withstands Ferrari pressure with supreme display
May 14, 1961: Stirling Moss turned in what was considered to be one of the greatest drives of his career to win the season-opening Monaco Grand Prix in an ageing Lotus, holding off a trio of far superior Ferraris.