1958 Formula One season

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1958 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Mike Hawthorn
International Cup Champion: Vanwall
Previous: 1957 Next: 1959

The 1958 Formula One season was the ninth season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1958 World Championship of Drivers [1] which commenced on 19 January 1958, and ended on 19 October after eleven races. This was the first Formula One season in which a Manufacturers title was awarded, the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers [2] being contested concurrently with the World Championship of Drivers. Englishman Mike Hawthorn won the Drivers' title after a close battle with compatriot Stirling Moss and Vanwall won the Manufacturers award from Ferrari.

The season was one of the most important and tragic seasons in Formula One's history. Four drivers died in four different races during this season. Italian Luigi Musso in his works Ferrari during the French Grand Prix at Reims; Musso's teammate, Englishman Peter Collins during the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Englishman Stuart Lewis-Evans in his Vanwall at the Moroccan Grand Prix in Casablanca, and in a non-Formula One regulated race, American Pat O'Connor at the Indianapolis 500. Hawthorn was killed in a road accident months after he won his only championship.

Season summary[edit]

Although the engine formula remained the same, minimum race lengths were reduced to 300 kilometres or two hours, and the use of commercial petrol became compulsory, in place of specialized alcohol-based racing fuels. The International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was awarded for the first time, but Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn won the driver's championship from Stirling Moss, despite the latter having won four of the ten grand prix to Hawthorn's one.

Rear-engined Cooper-Climaxes, entered by the private owner Rob Walker, won two early-season races, through Moss and Maurice Trintignant.

Following the Portuguese Grand Prix, Hawthorn faced a penalty but Moss sportingly spoke up for him, and the points that Hawthorn was able to keep, subsequently enabled him to edge ahead of Moss for the title.[3]

Moss' teammate at Vanwall, Tony Brooks also won three races, his success in the Italian race, overtaking Hawthorn after Moss had retired, ensured the title went to the final round in Morocco. Moss needed to win, with a fastest lap and Hawthorn third or lower to win the title. With Moss leading, Brooks and team-mate Stuart Lewis-Evans attempted to hold Hawthorn in third, however both their engines failed – Lewis-Evans' tragically resulting in severe burns from which he did not recover. Hawthorn finished second to win his first title by a single point. Vanwall won the inaugural Constructors' competition.

Hawthorn retired after winning the Championship, but died in a road accident in early 1959. His death compounded a tragic season for Formula One, with four drivers killed during the year. Luigi Musso died in the French Grand Prix, Peter Collins a month later in the German Grand Prix – just two weeks after winning his home race, Lewis-Evans died in hospital following his fire in Morocco and Pat O'Connor died at the Indianapolis 500 (which, at the time, was a round of the World Championship).

Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first woman to drive in a world championship event. Reigning five-time Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, the dominant driver of the 1950s and one of the greatest of all time, competed in only two races as a privateer, retiring after the French Grand Prix.

Season review[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 19 January Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax C Report
2 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 18 May United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn France Maurice Trintignant United Kingdom Cooper-Climax D Report
3 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 26 May United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall D Report
4 United States Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May United States Dick Rathmann United States Tony Bettenhausen United States Jimmy Bryan United States Epperly-Offenhauser F Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 15 June United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall D Report
6 France French Grand Prix Reims 6 July United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari E Report
7 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone 19 July United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Ferrari E Report
8 West Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring 3 August United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall D Report
9 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix Boavista 24 August United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall D Report
10 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza 7 September United Kingdom Stirling Moss United States Phil Hill United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall D Report
11 Morocco Moroccan Grand Prix Ain-Diab 19 October United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall D Report

Note: The Indianapolis 500, being run to rules other than Formula One, did not count towards the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1958 FIA World Championship.

Mike Hawthorn won the Formula One Championship for Drivers, driving a Ferrari
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Argentina Scuderia Sud Americana Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 1
Australia Ken Kavanagh Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P France Jean Behra 1
Italy Luigi Taramazzo 2
Australia Ken Kavanagh 2, 5
Sweden Jo Bonnier Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P United States Harry Schell 1
Sweden Jo Bonnier 2–3, 5, 7, 9
United States Phil Hill 6
Italy Giulio Cabianca 10
West Germany Hans Herrmann 10–11
Spain Francesco Godia Sales Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Spain Paco Godia 1–2, 5–6
United Kingdom H.H. Gould Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D United Kingdom Horace Gould 1–3
United States Masten Gregory 3
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax T43
T45
Climax FPF 2.0 L4 C
D
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1
France Maurice Trintignant 2–3, 7–11
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart 2
T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D France François Picard 11
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 246 Ferrari 143 2.4 V6 E Italy Luigi Musso 1–3, 5–6
United Kingdom Peter Collins 1–3, 5–8
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 1–3, 5–11
West Germany Wolfgang von Trips 2, 6–10
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 5, 10–11
United States Phil Hill 10–11
156 Ferrari D156 1.5 V6 E United States Phil Hill 8
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 2.5 L4 D France Jean Behra 2–3, 5–11
United States Harry Schell 2–3, 5–11
France Maurice Trintignant 6
Sweden Jo Bonnier 10–11
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart 11
United Kingdom Bernie C. Ecclestone Connaught-Alta B Alta GP 2.5 L4 A United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone 2
United States Bruce Kessler 2
United Kingdom Paul Emery 2
United Kingdom Jack Fairman 7
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 7
United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T45
T44
Climax FPF 2.0 L4 D Australia Jack Brabham 2–3, 5–7, 9–10
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 2–3, 5–11
United Kingdom Ian Burgess 7
United Kingdom Jack Fairman 11
T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D New Zealand Bruce McLaren 8, 11
Australia Jack Brabham 8, 11
United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 12
16
Climax FPF 2.0 L4
Climax FPF 2.2 L4
D United Kingdom Cliff Allison 2–3, 5–8, 10–11
United Kingdom Graham Hill 2–3, 5–7, 9–11
United Kingdom Alan Stacey 7
16 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Graham Hill 8
United Kingdom Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 D United Kingdom Stirling Moss 2–3, 5–11
United Kingdom Tony Brooks 2–3, 5–11
United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans 2–3, 5–7, 9–11
Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis 2, 5, 10
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Italy Giorgio Scarlatti 2–3
Sweden Jo Bonnier 6
Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Italy Gerino Gerini 2, 6–7, 10–11
France Maurice Trintignant 5
United States Masten Gregory 5
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel 5, 11
United States Carroll Shelby 6–7, 10
United States Troy Ruttman 6, 8
Sweden Jo Bonnier 8
West Germany Hans Herrmann 8
United Kingdom Cliff Allison 9
Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis 9
Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D West Germany Wolfgang Seidel 8
Italy OSCA Automobili OSCA F2 OSCA 372 1.5 L4 P Italy Giulio Cabianca 2
Italy Luigi Piotti 2
Monaco André Testut Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Monaco André Testut 2
Monaco Louis Chiron 2
Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RSK Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 3
RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 8
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 6
United Kingdom Dick Gibson Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Dick Gibson 8
West Germany Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RSK Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4  ? West Germany Edgar Barth 8
United Kingdom High Efficiency Motors Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Ian Burgess 8
Belgium Ecurie Eperon d'Or Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Belgium Christian Goethals 8
United Kingdom Ecurie Demi Litre Lotus-Climax 12 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 8
United Kingdom J.B. Naylor Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Brian Naylor 8
United Kingdom Tony Marsh Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tony Marsh 8
United States Temple Buell Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P United States Carroll Shelby 9–10
United States Masten Gregory 10–11
Morocco André Guelfi Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Morocco André Guelfi 11
United Kingdom British Racing Partnership Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D United Kingdom Tom Bridger 11
France Robert La Caze Cooper-Climax T45 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D France Robert La Caze 11
  • Pink background denotes F2 entrants to the German and Moroccan Grands Prix

1958 World Championship of Drivers – final standings[edit]

Points were awarded on an 8-6-4-3-2 basis to the first five finishers at each race. An additional point was awarded to the driver setting the fastest race lap. The best six results from the eleven races were retained.

Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
500
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
MOR
Morocco
Pts.[4]
1 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn (3) (Ret) (5) 2 1 2 Ret 2 2 2 42 (49)
2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1 Ret 1 Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 41
3 United Kingdom Tony Brooks Ret Ret 1 Ret 7 1 Ret 1 Ret 24
4 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Ret 4 8 11 3 2 9 5 7 15
5 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 1 Ret 14
6 United States Harry Schell 6 5 2 5 Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret 5 14
7 France Maurice Trintignant 1 9 7 Ret 8 3 8 Ret Ret 12
8 Italy Luigi Musso 2 2 7 Ret Ret 12
9 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans Ret Ret 3 Ret 4 3 Ret Ret 11
10 United States Phil Hill 7 9 3 3 9
11 France Jean Behra 5 Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 9
12 West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Ret 3 Ret 4 5 Ret 9
13 United States Jimmy Bryan 1 8
14 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 4 4 7
15 United States George Amick 2 6
16 United States Johnny Boyd 3 4
17 United States Tony Bettenhausen 4 4
18 Australia Jack Brabham 4 8 Ret 6 6 Ret 7 Ret 11 3
19 United Kingdom Cliff Allison 6 6 4 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 10 3
20 Sweden Joakim Bonnier Ret 10 9 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3
21 United States Jim Rathmann 5 2
22 New Zealand Bruce McLaren 5 13 2
United States Masten Gregory Ret Ret 4~ 6 0
United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 16 0
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 6 Ret Ret 0
United States Jimmy Reece 6 0
United States Don Freeland 7 0
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 7 0
Italy Maria Teresa de Filippis DNQ 10 Ret Ret 0
Spain Paco Godia 8 DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Jack Fairman Ret 8 0
United States Jud Larson 8 0
United States Carroll Shelby Ret 9 Ret 4~ /
Ret
0
West Germany Hans Herrmann Ret Ret 9 0
Italy Gerino Gerini DNQ 9 Ret Ret 12 0
Italy Giulio Cabianca DNQ Ret 0
United Kingdom Horace Gould 9 DNQ 0
United States Eddie Johnson 9 0
United States Troy Ruttman 10 DNS 0
United States Bill Cheesbourg 10 0
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort 11 Ret 0
United States Al Keller 11 0
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Ian Burgess Ret 7 0
United States Johnnie Parsons 12 0
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb Ret 11 0
United States Johnnie Tolan 13 0
United States Bob Christie Ret 0
France Robert La Caze 14 0
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel Ret Ret Ret 0
United States Dempsey Wilson Ret 0
France André Guelfi 15 0
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart DNQ Ret 0
United States A. J. Foyt Ret 0
United States Paul Russo Ret 0
United States Shorty Templeman Ret 0
United States Rodger Ward Ret 0
United States Billy Garrett Ret 0
United States Eddie Sachs Ret 0
United States Johnny Thomson Ret 0
United States Chuck Weyant Ret 0
United States Jack Turner Ret 0
United States Bob Veith Ret 0
United States Dick Rathmann Ret 0
United States Ed Elisian Ret 0
United States Pat O'Connor Ret 0
United States Paul Goldsmith Ret 0
United States Jerry Unser Ret 0
United States Len Sutton Ret 0
United States Art Bisch Ret 0
United Kingdom Alan Stacey Ret 0
Belgium Christian Goethals Ret 0
United Kingdom Dick Gibson Ret 0
United Kingdom Brian Naylor Ret 0
France François Picard Ret 0
United Kingdom Tom Bridger Ret 0
United States Mike Magill DSQ 0
Australia Ken Kavanagh DNQ DNS 0
United States Bruce Kessler DNQ 0
United Kingdom Paul Emery DNQ 0
Monaco André Testut DNQ 0
Italy Luigi Piotti DNQ 0
United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone DNQ DNQ* 0
Italy Luigi Taramazzo DNQ 0
Monaco Louis Chiron DNQ 0
Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
500
United States
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
MOR
Morocco
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
  • ~ No points awarded for shared drive
  • Ecclestone (DNQ) - handed car to Fairman at British GP

1958 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standings[edit]

The 1958 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was contested over the same series of races as the World Championship of Drivers, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500 which counted only towards the drivers title. Points were awarded on an 8-6-4-3-2 basis to the first five finishers at each race. However a manufacturer only received points for its highest placed car and only the best six results from the ten races were retained.

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
MOR
Morocco
Pts.[4]
1 United Kingdom Vanwall Ret 1 1 (2) (4) 1 1 1 1 48 (57)
2 Italy Ferrari 2 2 (5) 2 1 1 (4) 2 (2) (2) 40 (57)
3 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 1 1 4 8 6 3 2 7 5 7 31
4 United Kingdom BRM 5 2 5 Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret 4 18
5 Italy Maserati 4 Ret 10 7 4 9 Ret Ret 4† 6 6
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Climax 6 6 4 Ret Ret 10 Ret 6 10 3
West Germany Porsche 11 0
United Kingdom Connaught-Alta DNQ Ret 0
Italy OSCA WD DNQ 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
Argentina
MON
Monaco
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
West Germany
POR
Portugal
ITA
Italy
MOR
Morocco
Pts.
  • Bold results counted to championship totals.

Non-Championship race results[edit]

Other Formula One races also held in 1958, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
United Kingdom VI Glover Trophy Goodwood 7 April United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari Report
Italy VIII Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 13 April Italy Luigi Musso Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom XIII BARC Aintree 200 Aintree 19 April United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom X BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 3 May United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Ferrari Report
France VI Grand Prix de Caen Caen 20 July United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, Grey section, page 118
  2. ^ FIA Yearbook, 1974, Grey section, page 120
  3. ^ "DRIVERS: SIR STIRLING MOSS". grandprix.com. Inside F1. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Only the best 6 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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