Pescara Circuit

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Pescara Circuit
Circuit Pescara.svg
Location Pescara, Italy
Major events Formula One
Pescara Grand Prix
Coppa Acerbo
Targa Abruzzo
Length 25.8 km (16.032 mi)
Lap record 9:44.6 (United Kingdom Stirling Moss, Vanwall, 1957)

The Pescara Circuit was a 16.032 miles (25.8 km) road race course near Pescara, Italy.

The track boasted two long straights between villages, as well as demanding corners in the seaside town. The roads were both narrow and bumpy, and the staggering 16-mile (26 km) length was the longest of any open-wheel championship event. Like many long circuits (such as the original Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps circuits) Pescara was extremely dangerous.

The first race took place in 1924 and non-Championship Formula One races followed in the early 1950s, before the circuit was eventually included in the official Formula One World Championship in 1957. The Pescara Grand Prix drew in excess of 200,000 spectators, and remains the longest circuit in terms of lap distance ever to stage a Formula One Grand Prix. But the circuit was feared even by Enzo Ferrari- who did not send his cars to this race out of fear for his drivers' safety.[1]

It was the first F1 circuit with an artificial chicane, built in 1934 on the start-finish straight to reduce speed in the pits.

The track's last race was a four hour World Sportscar Championship race in 1961, won by Lorenzo Bandini and Giorgio Scarlatti. After that race the circuit was permanently retired as a racing venue as it was impossible for the organizers to guarantee the safety of drivers and spectators.


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

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Coordinates: 42°28′30″N 14°9′3″E / 42.47500°N 14.15083°E / 42.47500; 14.15083