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1957 Formula One season

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1957 Formula One season

The 1957 Formula One season was the eighth season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1957 World Championship of Drivers[1] which commenced on 13 January 1957 and ended on 8 September after eight races. Juan Manuel Fangio won his fourth consecutive title, his fifth in total, in his final Championship – a remarkable feat that would not be matched for nearly 50 years. The season also included numerous non-championship races for Formula One cars.


  • Season summary 1
  • Season review 2
  • Teams and drivers 3
  • 1957 World Championship of Drivers – final standings 4
  • Non-Championship race results 5
  • Notes and references 6
  • External links 7

Season summary

Fangio chose to switch teams again, joining Maserati before the start of the season. The decision to switch proved to be a masterstroke, with Ferrari's line-up of Peter Collins, Eugenio Castellotti and the returning Mike Hawthorn failing to win a race. Castellotti and Alfonso de Portago were killed during the season (neither in Formula One crashes), making this a truly disastrous year for Ferrari.

The man Fangio replaced at Maserati, Stirling Moss, moved to Vanwall, a team beginning to fulfill their promise. Between them Fangio and Moss won every Grand Prix of the season, Fangio taking four victories to Moss' three. Fangio's drive at the Nürburgring, where he overtook Collins and Hawthorn on the penultimate lap after a pit stop had put him nearly a minute behind, was a classic.

At the end of the year it was announced Fangio would not return for another season. Maserati also pulled out, citing financial reasons. This was also the final year in which points were awarded for shared drives.

Season review

The 1957 World Championship of Drivers comprised the following eight races.

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Report
1 Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 13 January Stirling Moss Stirling Moss Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
2 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 19 May Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
3 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May Pat O'Connor Jim Rathmann Sam Hanks Epperly-Offenhauser Report
4 French Grand Prix Rouen-Les-Essarts 7 July Juan Manuel Fangio Luigi Musso Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
5 British Grand Prix Aintree 20 July Stirling Moss Stirling Moss Tony Brooks
Stirling Moss
Vanwall Report
6 German Grand Prix Nürburgring 4 August Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
7 Pescara Grand Prix Pescara 18 August Juan Manuel Fangio Stirling Moss Stirling Moss Vanwall Report
8 Italian Grand Prix Monza 8 September Stuart Lewis-Evans Tony Brooks Stirling Moss Vanwall Report

All Grand Prix events were open to Formula One cars but the Indianapolis 500 was restricted to USAC National Championship cars. The ongoing Suez crisis, which affected oil tankers delivering oil to their respective countries, affected a number of countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain. These countries were to each have Grands Prix but they were all cancelled because of the very high oil prices in those countries.[2]

Teams and drivers

Juan Manuel Fangio won his 5th and final driver's championship, driving for the works Maserati team

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1957 World Championship of Drivers. The list does not include those who only contested the Indianapolis 500.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6
Maserati 250F1 2.5 V12
P Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–8
Stirling Moss 1
Jean Behra 1, 4–8
Carlos Menditeguy 1–2, 4–5
Giorgio Scarlatti 2, 6–8
Harry Schell 2, 4–8
Hans Herrmann 2
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 2.5 V8 E


Peter Collins 1–2, 4–6, 8
Luigi Musso 1, 4–8
Eugenio Castellotti 1
Mike Hawthorn 1–2, 4–6, 8
Wolfgang von Trips 1–2, 8
Cesare Perdisa 1
Alfonso de Portago 1
José Froilán González 1
Maurice Trintignant 2, 4–5
Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Harry Schell 1
Jo Bonnier 1, 7–8
Masten Gregory 2, 6–8
André Simon 2
Hans Herrmann 6
Ferrari 500 Ferrari 625 2.5 L4 Alejandro de Tomaso 1
Luigi Piotti Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Luigi Piotti 1–2, 7–8
Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 2.5 L4 D Ron Flockhart 2, 4
Roy Salvadori 2
Herbert MacKay-Fraser 4
Jack Fairman 5
Les Leston 5
Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta B Alta GP 2.5 L4 D Stuart Lewis-Evans 2
Ivor Bueb 2
Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 A


Jack Brabham 2, 4, 7
Les Leston 2
Mike MacDowel 4
Roy Salvadori 5, 7
T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Roy Salvadori 6
Vandervell Products Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 2.5 L4 P Stirling Moss 2, 5–8
Tony Brooks 2, 5–8
Stuart Lewis-Evans 4–8
Roy Salvadori 4
H.H. Gould Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D Horace Gould 2, 4–8
Jo Bonnier Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Jo Bonnier 5
Gilby Engineering Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D Ivor Bueb 5
R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 2.0 L4 D Jack Brabham 5
T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Jack Brabham 6
Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol T44 Bristol BS2 2.2 L6 D Bob Gerard 5
Bruce Halford Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 D Bruce Halford 6–8
Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 ? Umberto Maglioli 6
Edgar Barth 6
Ridgeway Management Cooper-Climax T43
Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Tony Marsh 6
Paul England 6
Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 1.5 F4 D Carel Godin de Beaufort 6
J.B. Naylor Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Brian Naylor 6
Dick Gibson Cooper-Climax T43 Climax FPF 1.5 L4 D Dick Gibson 6
Francesco Godia Sales Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Paco Godia 6–8
Ottorino Volonterio Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 P Ottorino Volonterio 8
André Simon 8
  • Pink background denotes F2 entrants to the German Grand Prix

1957 World Championship of Drivers – final standings

Championship points were awarded on an 8–6–4–3–2 basis for the first five placings in each race. An additional point was awarded for the fastest race lap.

Pos. Driver ARG
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 1 1 1 Ret 1 2 (2) 40 (46)
2 Stirling Moss 8 Ret 1† / Ret† 5 1 1 25
3 Luigi Musso Ret 2 2 4 Ret 8 16
4 Mike Hawthorn Ret Ret† / Ret 4 3 2 6 13
5 Tony Brooks 2 1† / Ret† 9 Ret 7 11
6 Masten Gregory 3 8 4 4 10
7 Harry Schell 4 Ret† / Ret 5 Ret 7 3 5† / Ret 10
8 Sam Hanks 1 8
9 Peter Collins 6† / Ret Ret 3 Ret / 4†‡ 3 Ret 8
10 Jim Rathmann 2 7
11 Jean Behra 2 6 Ret 6 Ret Ret 6
12 Stuart Lewis-Evans 4 Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 5
13 Maurice Trintignant 5 Ret 4† 5
14 Wolfgang von Trips 6† Ret† 3 4
15 Carlos Menditeguy 3 Ret Ret Ret 4
16 Jimmy Bryan 3 4
17 Paul Russo 4 3
18 Roy Salvadori DNQ Ret 5 Ret 2
19 Andy Linden 5 2
20 Giorgio Scarlatti Ret† 10 6 5† 1
21 Alfonso de Portago 5† 1
22 José Froilán González 5† 1
Jack Brabham 6 7† / Ret Ret 7 0
Johnny Boyd 6 0
Bob Gerard 6 0
Cesare Perdisa 6† 0
Joakim Bonnier 7 Ret Ret Ret 0
Marshall Teague 7 0
Mike MacDowel 7† 0
Ivor Bueb Ret 8 0
Pat O'Connor 8 0
Paco Godia Ret Ret 9 0
Alejandro de Tomaso 9 0
Bob Veith 9 0
Luigi Piotti 10 DNQ Ret Ret 0
Horace Gould Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret 10 0
Gene Hartley 10 0
Bruce Halford 11 Ret Ret 0
Jack Turner 11 0
Ottorino Volonterio 11† 0
André Simon DNQ 11† 0
Johnny Thomson 12 0
Bob Christie 13 0
Chuck Weyant 14 0
Tony Bettenhausen 15 0
Johnnie Parsons 16 0
Don Freeland 17 0
Ron Flockhart Ret Ret 0
Hans Herrmann DNQ Ret 0
Les Leston DNQ Ret 0
Eugenio Castellotti Ret 0
Jimmy Reece Ret 0
Don Edmunds Ret 0
Johnnie Tolan Ret 0
Al Herman Ret 0
Fred Agabashian Ret 0
Eddie Sachs Ret 0
Mike Magill Ret 0
Eddie Johnson Ret 0
Bill Cheesbourg Ret 0
Al Keller Ret 0
Jimmy Daywalt Ret 0
Ed Elisian Ret 0
Rodger Ward Ret 0
Troy Ruttman Ret 0
Eddie Russo Ret 0
Elmer George Ret 0
Herbert MacKay-Fraser Ret 0
Jack Fairman Ret 0
Pos. Driver ARG
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)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – point shared equally between drivers sharing fastest lap)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • ‡ Too few laps driven to receive points
  • Only the best 5 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

The following Formula One races, also held in 1957, did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
VII Gran Premio di Siracusa Syracuse 7 April Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
XVII Pau Grand Prix Pau 22 April Jean Behra Maserati Report
V Glover Trophy Goodwood 22 April Stuart Lewis-Evans Connaught-Alta Report
X Gran Premio di Napoli Posillipo 28 April Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Report
II Grand Prix de Reims Reims 14 July Luigi Musso Lancia-Ferrari Report
V Grand Prix de Caen Caen 28 July Jean Behra BRM Report
IX BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 14 September Jean Behra BRM Report
V Gran Premio di Modena Modena 22 September Jean Behra Maserati Report
VI Grand Prix de Maroc Ain-Diab 27 October Jean Behra Maserati Report

Notes and references

  1. ^ 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 118–119
  2. ^

External links

  • 1957 World Championship images at
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