Stuart Lewis-Evans

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Stuart Lewis-Evans
Born(1930-04-20)20 April 1930
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Died25 October 1958(1958-10-25) (aged 28)
East Grinstead, Sussex, England
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Active years19571958
TeamsConnaught, Vanwall
Entries14
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums2
Career points16
Pole positions2
Fastest laps0
First entry1957 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1958 Moroccan Grand Prix

Stuart Nigel Lewis-Evans (20 April 1930 – 25 October 1958) was a British racing driver from England. He participated in 14 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 19 May 1957. He achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 16 championship points. He also achieved two pole positions.

Early life[edit]

Stuart Lewis-Evans was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, but largely grew up in Kent, where his father, Lewis "Pop" Lewis-Evans, owned and ran a garage business.[1] Pop Lewis-Evans had previously been a mechanic for the well-known racing driver Earl Howe, but had not previously raced himself.[1] On leaving school, Lewis-Evans was apprenticed for three years to Vauxhall Motors, back in Bedfordshire, before he was called up for National Service. During this time he served as a motorcycle despatch rider for the Royal Corps of Signals.[2]

Career[edit]

Lewis-Evans began racing in 1951 with a Cooper 500 Formula 3 car, encouraged by and sometimes racing against his father.[3] He achieved many wins and podia and continued to race in 500s until 1956.

In 1957, he won the 1957 Glover Trophy, run to Formula One rules at Goodwood. In his first championship Formula One race, the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis-Evans finished fourth in an inferior Connaught Type B, beaten only by multiple winners Fangio and Brooks, and Masten Gregory in one of the dominant Maserati 250F cars. This performance brought him to the attention of Tony Vandervell, owner of the rising Vanwall team, and by the next Grand Prix Lewis-Evans was driving the third Vanwall. The 1957 Vanwall was fast when its engine held together, but not always reliable. Lewis-Evans achieved his best finish for Vanwall when he was 2nd at the year's non-championship Moroccan Grand Prix. He took pole position at the final World Championship event, the Italian Grand Prix, but had to retire with engine problems.

The 1958 Formula One season would prove to be a much better year, at least initially, for the entire Vanwall team. Principal drivers Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks took three victories each, and Lewis-Evans added to the team's points haul with podium finishes in the Belgian and Portuguese events. He also took pole position at the Dutch Grand Prix, but failed to finish in the race. This was not his only retirement of the year – indeed his only other finish, although points-scoring, was a fourth place at the British Grand Prix.

Lewis-Evans crashed heavily at the dusty Ain-Diab circuit during the season-ending Moroccan Grand Prix. His Vanwall's engine seized and sent him lurching into barriers at high speed, and his car burst into flames. He was airlifted back to the UK, but died in hospital of his burns six days after the accident.[4] His death cast a pall over Vanwall's victory in the 1958 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, an achievement to which Lewis-Evans had contributed significantly. Vandervell never fully recovered from Lewis-Evans's death and withdrew from motorsport at the end of 1958.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key; Grands Prix in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1957 Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 ARG MON
4
12th 5
Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall Straight-4 500 FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
PES
5
ITA
Ret
1958 Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall Straight-4 ARG MON
Ret
NED
Ret
500 BEL
3
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
DNA
POR
3
ITA
Ret
MOR
Ret
9th 11

Non-Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
1956 Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 NZL BUE GLO SYR BAR INT NAP AIN VAN CAE SUS BRS
2
AUS
1957 Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 BUE SYR PAU GLV
1
NAP
Ret
Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall Straight-4 RMS
3
CAE INT MOD MOR
2
1958 Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 BUE GLV
5
SYR
British Racing Partnership Cooper T45 Climax Straight-4 AIN
5
INT
7
CAE
5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stuart Lewis-Evans". 500race.org. 500 Owners Association. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Looking Back on Stuart Lewis-Evans". Motor Sport. Vol. 60 no. 12. December 1984. pp. 1462–1464. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ The Radnorian
  4. ^ Motor Sport, December 1958, pp.821 & 824.

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Preceded by
Peter Collins
Formula One fatal accidents
19 October 1958 (Date of accident)
25 October 1958 (Date of death)
Succeeded by
Jerry Unser Jr.