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1957 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Central Press.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Officine Maserati (IT,0,1)
Champion Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR,5,5)
Putative Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 250TF T2, 2.49-liter, twelve-cylinder vee, alloy engine, DOHC, six carburetors, five-speed, steel tubular space frame, double wishbone/De Dion axle independent suspension, 315 horsepower (Giulio Alfieri, Medardo Fantuzzi).

Officine Maserati with its 250F entry secures its maiden F1 putative constructors' title in 1957 as its 46-year old driver Juan Manuel Fangio picks up his boggling fourth consecutive and fifth overall WDC drivers' crown by a comfortable margin over Stirling Moss. John Cooper and Owen Maddock introduce the first rear-engine construction in Grand Prix history at Monaco in May. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Pescara, Italy in August. Financially struggling Officine Maserati, despite its 1957 constructors' championship, elects to withdraw from Formula 1 racing. Departures: Frederick Wharton, 40, b. Smethwick, England, d. Ardmore Circuit, Auckland, New Zealand, January. Eugenio Castellotti, 26, b. Lodi, Italy 1930, d. at test, Modena, Italy, May.

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.

Maserati89     Fangio68
Scuderia Ferrari59     Moss S40
Vandervell Vanwall48     Brooks T20
Scud. Centro Sud Maserati14     Musso19
Belond Salih Offenhauser12     Hawthorn17
Hopkins Epperly Offenhauser8     Hanks S12

Noteworthy 1957 Races

1957 XV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monte Carlo1957 1957 XV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (330 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Officine Maserati 250F under Juan Manuel Fangio (AR) in 3:10:12.8 (average 65.10 mph), over twenty-five seconds ahead of a Vanwall entry. Early in the contest, Stirling Moss crashes at the Tunnel exit and after barely escaping his drive, his disabled Maserati subsequently collects Peter Collins. Pursuing Fangio exits the Tunnel, deftly avoids the British pile-up ahead, and pilots away to become the only two-time winner in the principality. Third-place finisher Masten Gregory in his Maserati becomes the first American to earn a Formula 1 podium finish. The race also features the debut of a Cooper Climax T43 under Australian Jack Brabham, the first rear-engine construction in F1 history. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1957 X RAC British Grand Prix Liverpool, England1957 1957 X RAC British Grand Prix At Aintree for the RAC British Grand Prix (434.5 kilometers) in July, a British Vandervell Vanwall under Tony Brooks (GB) and Stirling Moss (GB) unexpectedly notches a victory in 3:06:37.8 (average 90.6 mph), over twenty-five seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Brooks-Moss moves out front after race leader Juan Manuel Fangio in his Maserati retires at the halfway point. Brooks and Moss become the first Britons to win a home race with an entry of British make. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1957 XIX Großer Preis von Deutschland Mayen, West Germany1957 1957 XIX Großer Preis von Deutschland At the Nürburgring for the German Grand Prix (502 kilometers) in August, an Italian Officine Maserati 250F under Juan Manuel Fangio (AR) bests the field in 3:30:38.3 (average 90.00 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. After a horrible first stop, Fangio with a tremendous rally cuts through the field and moves out front after passing race leader Mike Hawthorn in his Ferrari with two laps remaining to secure his fourth consecutive and fifth overall F1 drivers' title. Photo Credit: Tony Smythe/LAT Photographic Archive.