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1957 Pescara Grand Prix

The 1957 Pescara Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race, held on 18 August 1957, at the Pescara Circuit near Pescara in Italy. It was race 7 of 8 in the 1957 World Championship of Drivers. The race, which was the only Formula One World Championship race at the track, was held at the longest ever circuit to stage a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix:[1] the track is 25.8 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 World Championship races had been held in the same country in the same year.

1957 Pescara Grand Prix
Circuit Pescara.svg
Race details
Date 18 August 1957
Official name XXV Circuito di Pescara
Location Pescara Circuit
Course Temporary racing facility
Course length 25.8 km (16.032 mi)
Distance 18 laps, 464.4 km (288.576 mi)
Pole position
Driver Maserati
Time 9:44.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Vanwall
Time 9:44.6
First Vanwall
Second Maserati
Third Maserati
Start of the Pescara Grand Prix

The event took place exceptionally due to the sudden cancellation of the Belgium and the Dutch Grand Prix. The temporary public road circuit used for this race was located near the town of Pescara. The Pescara circuit was renowned at the time as one of the most difficult and dangerous routes for motor racing; it became popular because of the automobile race Coppa Acerbo, held there since 1924.

The circuit was so dangerous 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.[citation needed] However, he was persuaded by Luigi Musso to enter a single Ferrari 801 as Musso wanted to secure the Italian drivers' championship[2] (he would then retire on lap 10 with a split oil tank).[2] Furthermore, approval to run at the circuit was reluctantly granted by ANAS after that eleven people remained killed in an accident during the Mille Miglia race just three months before.

The race drew a crowd in excess of 200,000 spectators.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 26   Stirling Moss Vanwall 18 2:59:22.7 2 91
2 2   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati 18 +3:13.9 1 6
3 6   Harry Schell Maserati 18 +6:46.8 5 4
4 14   Masten Gregory Maserati 18 +8:16.5 7 3
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 10   Paco Godia Maserati 9 Engine 12
Ret 20   Bruce Halford Maserati 9 Transmission 14
Ret 16   Jo Bonnier Maserati 7 Overheating 9
Ret 4   Jean Behra Maserati 3 Oil leak 4
Ret 22   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 3 Accident 15
Ret 28   Tony Brooks Vanwall 1 Engine 6
Ret 18   Horace Gould Maserati 0 Accident 11
Ret 12   Luigi Piotti Maserati 0 Engine 13
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap


  • 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. Also, Brabham's Cooper only had a 2-litre engine and Pescara was a "power" circuit.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Juan Manuel Fangio 40
  4 2   Stirling Moss 17
  1 3   Luigi Musso 16
  1 4   Mike Hawthorn 13
  1 5   Tony Brooks 10
  • Note: only the top five positions are included.


  1. ^ "Pescara Circuit". Circuits of the past. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b Jenkinson, Denis (April 1993). "A Famous Vanwall victory". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 31. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. ^ "1957 Pescara Grand Prix". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Pescara 1957 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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