1957 Formula One season
|1957 FIA Formula One
|Drivers' Champion: Juan Manuel Fangio|
The 1957 Formula One season was the eighth season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1957 World Championship of Drivers 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.
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.
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
|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.
Teams and drivers
- 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.
- 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
- 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 118–119