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1953 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Klemantaski Collection.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,0,6)
Champion Driver: Alberto Ascari (IT,2,2)
Putative Driver: Alberto Ascari (IT)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 500 F2, 1.99-liter, four-cylinder inline, light alloy engine, SOHC, duel carburetors, four-speed, steel tubular chassis, independent suspension, 175 horsepower (Aurelio Lampredi).

The FIA elects again to run the 1953 F1 Drivers Championship under Formula 2 specifications. Scuderia Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari snares his second consecutive drivers' title. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Autódromo Juan Y Oscar Gálvez at Buenos Aires in January. Departures: Thirteen spectators due to Giuseppe Farina shunt, GP Argentina, Buenos Aires, January.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari163     Ascari Al69
Maserati70     Farina43
Keck Kurtis Offenhauser12     Fangio41
C Smith Kurtis Offenhauser8     Hawthorn34
Gordini7     Villoresi23
De Graffenried Maserati7     Gonzalez13

Noteworthy 1953 Races

1953 XL Grand Prix de l'ACF Gueux, France1953 1953 XL Grand Prix de l'ACF At Reims for the French Grand Prix (501 kilometers) in July, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 500 under Mike Hawthorn (GB) takes the flag in 2:44:18.6 (average 82.57 mph), just five meters ahead of a Maserati driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. Hawthorn and Fangio dice for the lead after the midway point for the distance before Hawthorn prevails on the final corner for victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1953 XXIV Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1953 1953 XXIV Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (504 kilometers) in September, an Italian Officine Maserati A6 SSG under Juan Manuel Fangio (AR) notches a victory in 2:49:45.9 (average 110.00 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Alberto Ascari. Fangio and Ascari dice over the distance, and Fangio finally moves to the front after Ascari spins and collides with Onofre Marimon on the final circuit. The resulting pile-up leads to a dangerous setting as the pursuant entries dash for the finish. Mercurial Scuderia founder Enzo Ferrari expresses bitter disappointment over losing at his home circuit and threatens to shut down his werks house for good. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.