1957 Pescara Grand Prix
|Race 7 of 8 in the 1957 Formula One season|
|Date||18 August 1957|
|Official name||XXV Circuito di Pescara|
|Course||Temporary racing facility|
|Course length||25.8 km (16.032 mi)|
|Distance||18 laps, 464.4 km (288.576 mi)|
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.
The race drew a crowd in excess of 200,000 spectators.
|2||2||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati||18||+3:13.9||1||6|
|5||30||Stuart Lewis-Evans||Vanwall||17||+1 lap||8||2|
|6||8||Giorgio Scarlatti||Maserati||17||+1 lap||10|
|7||24||Jack Brabham||Cooper-Climax||15||+3 laps||16|
|Ret||34||Luigi Musso||Ferrari||9||Oil leak||3|
|Ret||4||Jean Behra||Maserati||3||Oil leak||4|
- 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
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||40|
- Note: only the top five positions are included.
1957 German Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1957 Italian Grand Prix
1956 Pescara Grand Prix
|Pescara Grand Prix||Next race:
1960 Pescara Grand Prix