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The 1957 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 4 August 1957 at Nürburgring. It was race 6 of 8 in the 1957 World Championship of Drivers. The 22 lap race was won by Juan Manuel Fangio, and is often cited as one of the greatest victories in racing history. It was Fangio's fourth victory out of the seven races in the season contested by Formula 1 cars - excluding the Indianapolis 500, in which only US drivers competed, using USAC Championship cars. Furthermore, due to the number of points he had accumulated in the season (34 to Luigi Musso's 16), his victory at the Nürburgring mathematically clinched Fangio's fifth World Championship title with two races to go. The race was also notable for being Fangio's 24th and last victory in F1; his career still stands as having the highest win percentage ever, with 46.15% of his 52 race entries being wins.

1957 German Grand Prix
Nürburgring layout
Nürburgring layout
Race details
Date 4 August 1957
Official name XIX Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, West Germany
Course Permanent road course
Course length 22.810 km (14.173 mi)
Distance 22 laps, 501.820 km (311.806 mi)
Pole position
Driver Maserati
Time 9:25.6
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati
Time 9:17.4
First Maserati
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari


Fangio had taken notice of the tyre and fuel-level selection of the Ferrari drivers, and realized they were probably going to run the entire race without a pit stop. Fangio decided he would use softer tyres, and only a half tank of fuel. This would allow the car to take corners faster, but also require a pit stop. Fangio took his pit stop on lap 13, in first place, and 30 seconds ahead of Hawthorn and Collins.

Fangio chases down Collins

The pit stop was a disaster; the mechanic removing the rear left wheel let the wheel nut roll under the car without noticing, and finding it took nearly half a minute. Fangio left the pit lane in third place, and 48 seconds behind Collins who was in second place. But in his Maserati 250F he began to mount a charge. Over the next 10 laps, Fangio broke and rebroke the lap record 9 times (7 of the records were in successive laps) and he took 15.5 seconds off Hawthorn's lead in the first lap, then another 8.5 seconds in the next lap. Early in the 21st lap, Fangio went on the inside of the left corner at the ESSO Terrasse taking second place from Collins. Late in the 21st lap, during a left corner, Fangio cut past Hawthorn on the inside of the corner, with only his right tyres on the track and his left tyres on the grass. This probably took place at the left-right combination before the Breidsheid bridge, as Fangio said it was at a 90º left followed by an also tight right just before Breidsheid and Hawthorn recollected being overtaken at a right turning bend. Fangio probably overtook Hawthorn in the left turn and then closed the door going to the right turn, thus boxing Hawthorn in. Fangio maintained his lead, but not easily, as Hawthorn fought back, nearly overtaking Fangio at a few corners, but to no avail, and Fangio won the race.

After the race, Fangio commented, "I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don't think I will ever be able to do it again". Later on, Fangio was also quoted as saying: "Nürburgring was my favourite track. I fell totally in love with it and I believe that on that day in 1957 I finally managed to master it. It was as if I had screwed all the secrets out of it and got to know it once and for all. . . For two days I couldn't sleep, still making those leaps in the dark on those curves where I had never before had the courage to push things so far."[1]

To increase participation, the organizers opened the field to Formula 2 cars. The two races were run at the same time but the Formula 2 entries (shown in yellow) were not eligible for World Championship points and some sources do not consider these starts in career stats.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 22 3:30:38.3 1 91
2 8   Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 22 +3.6 secs 2 6
3 7   Peter Collins Ferrari 22 +35.6 secs 4 4
4 6   Luigi Musso Ferrari 22 +3:37.6 8 3
5 10   Stirling Moss Vanwall 22 +4:37.2 7 2
6 2   Jean Behra Maserati 22 +4:38.5 3
7 3   Harry Schell Maserati 22 +6:47.5 6
8 16   Masten Gregory Maserati 21 +1 Lap 10
9 11   Tony Brooks Vanwall 21 +1 Lap 5
10 4   Giorgio Scarlatti Maserati 21 +1 Lap 13
11 15   Bruce Halford Maserati 21 +1 Lap 16
12 21   Edgar Barth Porsche 21 +1 Lap 12
13 28   Brian Naylor Cooper-Climax 20 +2 Laps 17
14 27   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 20 +2 Laps 20
15 25   Tony Marsh Cooper-Climax 17 +5 Laps 22
Ret 17   Hans Herrmann Maserati 14 Chassis 11
Ret 20   Umberto Maglioli Porsche 13 Engine 15
Ret 23   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 11 Suspension 14
Ret 18   Paco Godia Maserati 11 Steering 21
Ret 12   Stuart Lewis-Evans Vanwall 10 Gearbox 9
Ret 24   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 6 Transmission 18
Ret 26   Paul England Cooper-Climax 4 Distributor 23
Ret 29   Dick Gibson Cooper-Climax 3 Steering 24
Ret 19   Horace Gould Maserati 1 Axle 19
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 34
  2   Luigi Musso 16
  3 3   Mike Hawthorn 13
  1 4   Tony Brooks 10
  1 5   Sam Hanks 8
Source: [3]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included.


  1. ^ Manishin, Glenn B. "The Early Years". Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  2. ^ "1957 German Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Germany 1957 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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