1957 Pescara Grand Prix

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Italy  1957 Pescara Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 8 in the 1957 Formula One season
Circuit Pescara.svg
Date 18 August 1957
Official name XXV Circuito di Pescara
Location Pescara Circuit
Course Temporary racing facility
25.8 km (16.032 mi)
Distance 18 laps, 464.4 km (288.576 mi)
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 9:44.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall
Time 9:44.6
Podium
First United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall
Second Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Third United States Harry Schell Maserati

The 1957 Pescara Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held on 18 August 1957, at the Pescara Circuit near Pescara in Italy. The race was the seventh, and penultimate round of the 1957 World Drivers' Championship. The race, which was the only Formula One World Championship race at the track, is best remembered for being held at the longest ever circuit to stage a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix. The track is 25 km/16 miles long and is now part of the SR16bis on the coast of Pescara. It was also the first of the two consecutive Italian races, and after the subsequent race at Monza was complete, it became the first time that two Formula One races had been held in the same country in the same year.

The temporary public road circuit used for this race was located near the picturesque town of Pescara. It was extremely dangerous; so much so that Enzo Ferrari, a man not known for compassion for his drivers, did not send his team to the race out of fear for his drivers' safety. The main straight at Pescara ran along a 500 foot high cliff. The total lack of safety on the circuit meant that if a driver were to go off the course there, they would most likely drive off the cliff into the Adriatic Sea.[1]

The race drew a crowd in excess of 200,000 spectators.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall 18 2:59:22.7 2 9
2 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 18 +3:13.9 1 6
3 6 United States Harry Schell Maserati 18 +6:46.8 5 4
4 14 United States Masten Gregory Maserati 18 +8:16.5 7 3
5 30 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 17 +1 lap 8 2
6 8 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 17 +1 lap 10
7 24 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 15 +3 laps 16
Ret 34 Italy Luigi Musso Ferrari 9 Oil leak 3
Ret 10 Spain Paco Godia Maserati 9 Engine 12
Ret 20 United Kingdom Bruce Halford Maserati 9 Transmission 14
Ret 16 Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 7 Overheating 9
Ret 4 France Jean Behra Maserati 3 Oil leak 4
Ret 22 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 3 Accident 15
Ret 28 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Vanwall 1 Engine 6
Ret 18 United Kingdom Horace Gould Maserati 0 Accident 11
Ret 12 Italy Luigi Piotti Maserati 0 Engine 13

Notes[edit]

  • This was a race where some drivers qualified 20 seconds ahead of others. The biggest difference was pole sitter Juan Manuel Fangio's time of 9:44.6 compared to Jack Brabham's time of 11:35.2, almost 2 minutes off Fangio's time. This was because many of the drivers on the grid had never driven at Pescara before.

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 40
1uparrow green.svg 4 2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 17
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Italy Luigi Musso 16
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 13
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 10
  • Note: only the top five positions are included.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six of the Best...F1 circuits". Patronise F1. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 


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