1957 Formula One season

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1957
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1957 Formula One season was the eighth season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1957 World Championship of Drivers[1] which commenced on 13 January 1957 and ended on 8 September after eight races. Juan Manuel Fangio won his fourth consecutive title, his fifth in total, in his final Championship – a remarkable feat that would not be matched for nearly 50 years. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Season summary[edit]

Fangio chose to switch teams again, joining Maserati before the start of the season. The decision to switch proved to be a masterstroke, with Ferrari's line-up of Peter Collins, Eugenio Castellotti and the returning Mike Hawthorn failing to win a race. Castellotti and Alfonso de Portago were killed during the season (neither in Formula One crashes), making this a truly disastrous year for Ferrari.

The man Fangio replaced at Maserati, Stirling Moss, moved to Vanwall, a team beginning to fulfill their promise. Between them Fangio and Moss won every Grand Prix of the season, Fangio taking four victories to Moss' three. Fangio's drive at the Nürburgring, where he overtook Collins and Hawthorn on the penultimate lap after a pit stop had put him nearly a minute behind, was a classic.

At the end of the year it was announced Fangio would not return for another season. Maserati also pulled out, citing financial reasons. This was also the final year in which points were awarded for shared drives.

Season review[edit]

The 1957 World Championship of Drivers comprised the following eight races.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 13 January United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Stirling Moss Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
2 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 19 May Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
3 United States Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May United States Pat O'Connor United States Jim Rathmann United States Sam Hanks United States Epperly-Offenhauser Report
4 France French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts 7 July Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Luigi Musso Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
5 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Aintree 20 July United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Tony Brooks
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Vanwall Report
6 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 4 August Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
7 Italy Pescara Grand Prix Pescara 18 August Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall Report
8 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 8 September United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall Report

All Grand Prix events were open to Formula One cars but the Indianapolis 500 was restricted to USAC National Championship cars.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Juan Manuel Fangio won his 5th and final driver's championship, driving for the works Maserati team

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1957 World Championship of Drivers. The list does not include those who only contested the Indianapolis 500.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6
Maserati 250F1 2.5 V12
P Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–8
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1
France Jean Behra 1, 4–8
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 1–2, 4–5
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 2, 6–8
United States Harry Schell 2, 4–8
West Germany Hans Herrmann 2
Spain Paco Godia 6–7
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E


P

United Kingdom Peter Collins 1–2, 4–6, 8
Italy Luigi Musso 1, 4–8
Italy Eugenio Castellotti 1
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 1–2, 4–6, 8
West Germany Wolfgang von Trips 1–2, 8
Italy Cesare Perdisa 1
Spain Alfonso de Portago 1
Argentina José Froilán González 1
France Maurice Trintignant 2, 4–5
Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati
Ferrari
250F
500
Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6
Ferrari 625 2.5 L4
P United States Harry Schell 1
Sweden Jo Bonnier 1, 7–8
Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso 1
United States Masten Gregory 2, 6–8
France André Simon 2
West Germany Hans Herrmann 6
Italy Luigi Piotti Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Italy Luigi Piotti 1–2, 7–8
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 2.5 L4 D United Kingdom Ron Flockhart 2, 4
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 2
United States Herbert MacKay-Fraser 4
United Kingdom Jack Fairman 5
United Kingdom Les Leston 5
United Kingdom Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta B Alta GP 2.5 L4 D United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans 2
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 2
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 A


D

Australia Jack Brabham 2, 4
United Kingdom Les Leston 2
United Kingdom Mike MacDowel 4
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 5, 7
T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 6
United Kingdom Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P United Kingdom Stirling Moss 2, 5–8
United Kingdom Tony Brooks 2, 5–8
United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans 4–8
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 4
United Kingdom H.H. Gould Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D United Kingdom Horace Gould 2, 4–8
Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Sweden Jo Bonnier 5
United Kingdom Gilby Engineering Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 5
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 D Australia Jack Brabham 5, 7
T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Australia Jack Brabham 6
United Kingdom Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol T44 Bristol BS2 2.2 L6 D United Kingdom Bob Gerard 5
United Kingdom Bruce Halford Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D United Kingdom Bruce Halford 6–8
West Germany Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4  ? Italy Umberto Maglioli 6
West Germany Edgar Barth 6
United Kingdom Ridgeway Management Cooper-Climax T43
T41
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tony Marsh 6
Australia Paul England 6
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 6
United Kingdom J.B. Naylor Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Brian Naylor 6
United Kingdom Dick Gibson Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Dick Gibson 6
Spain Francesco Godia Sales Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Spain Paco Godia 8
Switzerland Ottorino Volonterio Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Switzerland Ottorino Volonterio 8
France André Simon 8
  • Pink background denotes F2 entrants to the German Grand Prix

1957 World Championship of Drivers – final standings[edit]

Championship points were awarded on an 8-6-4-3-2 basis for the first five placings in each race. An additional point was awarded for the fastest race lap.

Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
500
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
PES
Italy
ITA
Italy
Pts.
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1 1 1 Ret 1 2 (2) 40 (46)
2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8 Ret 1† / Ret† 5 1 1 25
3 Italy Luigi Musso Ret 2 2 4 Ret 8 16
4 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Ret Ret† / Ret 4 3 2 6 13
5 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 2 1† / Ret† 9 Ret 7 11
6 United States Masten Gregory 3 8 4 4 10
7 United States Harry Schell 4 Ret† / Ret 5 Ret 7 3 5† / Ret 10
8 United States Sam Hanks 1 8
9 United Kingdom Peter Collins 6† / Ret Ret 3 Ret / 4†‡ 3 Ret 8
10 United States Jim Rathmann 2 7
11 France Jean Behra 2 6 Ret 6 Ret Ret 6
12 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans 4 Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 5
13 France Maurice Trintignant 5 Ret 4† 5
14 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips 6† Ret† 3 4
15 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 3 Ret Ret Ret 4
16 United States Jimmy Bryan 3 4
17 United States Paul Russo 4 3
18 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori DNQ Ret 5 Ret 2
19 United States Andy Linden 5 2
20 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Ret† 10 6 5† 1
21 Spain Alfonso de Portago 5† 1
22 Argentina José Froilán González 5† 1
Australia Jack Brabham 6 7† / Ret Ret 7 0
United States Johnny Boyd 6 0
United Kingdom Bob Gerard 6 0
Italy Cesare Perdisa 6† 0
Sweden Joakim Bonnier 7 Ret Ret Ret 0
United States Marshall Teague 7 0
United Kingdom Mike MacDowel 7† 0
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb Ret 8 0
United States Pat O'Connor 8 0
Spain Paco Godia Ret Ret 9 0
Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso 9 0
United States Bob Veith 9 0
Italy Luigi Piotti 10 DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Horace Gould Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret 10 0
United States Gene Hartley 10 0
United Kingdom Bruce Halford 11 Ret Ret 0
United States Jack Turner 11 0
Switzerland Ottorino Volonterio 11† 0
France André Simon DNQ 11† 0
United States Johnny Thomson 12 0
United States Bob Christie 13 0
United States Chuck Weyant 14 0
United States Tony Bettenhausen 15 0
United States Johnnie Parsons 16 0
United States Don Freeland 17 0
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart Ret Ret 0
West Germany Hans Herrmann DNQ Ret 0
United States Les Leston DNQ Ret 0
Italy Eugenio Castellotti Ret 0
United States Jimmy Reece Ret 0
United States Don Edmunds Ret 0
United States Johnnie Tolan Ret 0
United States Al Herman Ret 0
United States Fred Agabashian Ret 0
United States Eddie Sachs Ret 0
United States Mike Magill Ret 0
United States Eddie Johnson Ret 0
United States Bill Cheesbourg Ret 0
United States Al Keller Ret 0
United States Jimmy Daywalt Ret 0
United States Ed Elisian Ret 0
United States Rodger Ward Ret 0
United States Troy Ruttman Ret 0
United States Eddie Russo Ret 0
United States Elmer George Ret 0
United States Herbert MacKay-Fraser Ret 0
United Kingdom Jack Fairman Ret 0
Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
500
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
PES
Italy
ITA
Italy
Pts.
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – point shared equally between drivers sharing fastest lap)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • ‡ Too few laps driven to receive points
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

The following Formula One races, also held in 1957, did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Argentina XI Gran Premio Ciudad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 27 January Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
Italy VII Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 7 April United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Lancia-Ferrari Report
France XVII Pau Grand Prix Pau 22 April France Jean Behra Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom V Glover Trophy Goodwood 22 April United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Connaught-Alta Report
Italy X Gran Premio di Napoli Posillipo 28 April United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Lancia-Ferrari Report
France XVII Grand Prix de la Marne Reims 14 July Italy Luigi Musso Italy Lancia-Ferrari Report
France V Grand Prix de Caen Caen 28 July France Jean Behra United Kingdom BRM Report
United Kingdom IX BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 14 September France Jean Behra United Kingdom BRM Report
Italy V Gran Premio di Modena Modena 22 September France Jean Behra Italy Maserati Report
Morocco VI Grand Prix de Maroc Ain-Diab 27 October France Jean Behra Italy Maserati Report

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 118–119

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