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As in 1952, the 1953 Formula One season consisted of a small number of Formula One races, following the FIA's decision to once again run the World Drivers' Championship to Formula Two regulations rather than Formula One.

The 4th FIA World Drivers' Championship, which commenced on January 18, 1953, and ended on September 13 after nine races, was won by Alberto Ascari, driving for Scuderia Ferrari.

In addition to the Formula One races and the World Championship Formula Two races, numerous other Formula Two races, which did not count towards the Championship, were also held during the year.

World Championship season summaryEdit

Ferrari again dominated the championship, taking seven of the eight grands prix, although Fangio's Maserati challenge took him to second place in the championship and a win at Monza. Ascari stretched his unbeaten run to nine grand prix before Hawthorn broke the sequence at Reims.

Points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for fastest lap. Only the best four of nine scores counted towards the world championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps. In 1953, all World Championship events (except the Indianapolis 500) were run under Formula 2 regulations.

World Championship season reviewEdit

Rnd Race Date Location Winning driver Constructor Tyres Report
1 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix January 18 Autódromo 17
de Octubre
Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
2 United States Indianapolis 500 May 30 Indianapolis United States Bill Vukovich United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F Report
3 Netherlands Dutch Grand Prix June 7 Zandvoort Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
4 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix June 21 Spa-
Francorchamps
Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
5 France French Grand Prix July 5 Reims United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari P Report
6 United Kingdom British Grand Prix July 18 Silverstone Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
7 Germany German Grand Prix August 2 Nürburgring Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari P Report
8 Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix August 23 Bremgarten Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari P Report
9 Italy Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati P Report

1953 Drivers Championship final standingsEdit

Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
500
United States
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
SUI
Switzerland
ITA
Italy
Pts.
1 Italy Alberto Ascari 1* 1 1 4 1** 8† / Ret*† 1* Ret 34.5 (46.5)
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ret NC Ret / Ret† 2* 2 2 4† / Ret† 1* 28 (29.5)
3 Italy Nino Farina Ret 2 Ret 5 3 1 2 2 26 (32)
4 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 4 4 6 1 5 3 3 4 19 (27)
5 Italy Luigi Villoresi 2 Ret* 2 6 Ret 8† / Ret† 6 3 17
6 Argentina José Froilán González 3 3† Ret* 3 4** 13.5 (14.5)
7 United States Bill Vukovich 1* 9
8 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 5 4 7 Ret 5 Ret Ret 7
9 Italy Felice Bonetto Ret 3† Ret 6 4 4† / Ret† Ret 6.5
10 United States Art Cross 2 6
11 Argentina Onofre Marimón 3 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
12 France Maurice Trintignant 7† 6 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 4
13 United States Sam Hanks 3† 2
14 United States Duane Carter 3† 2
15 Argentina Óscar Alfredo Gálvez 5 2
16 United States Jack McGrath 5 2
17 Germany Hermann Lang 5 2
18 United States Fred Agabashian 4† 1.5
19 United States Paul Russo 4† 1.5
20 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 9 Ret 6 13 0
21 France Jean Behra 6 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 0
22 Argentina Roberto Mieres NC Ret 6 0
23 United States Jimmy Daywalt 6 0
24 United States Harry Schell 7† Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 9 0
25 France Louis Rosier 7 8 8 10 10 Ret 16 0
26 United Kingdom Ken Wharton Ret Ret 8 7 NC 0
27 Thailand Prince Bira Ret 7 Ret 11 0
28 Belgium Jacques Swaters 7 Ret 0
29 United States Jim Rathmann 7 0
30 Italy Sergio Mantovani 7† 0
31 Italy Luigi Musso 7† 0
32 United Kingdom Peter Collins 8 Ret 13 Ret 0
33 United Kingdom John Barber 8 0
34 United States Ernie McCoy 8 0
35 Switzerland Max de Terra 8 0
36 Italy Umberto Maglioli 8 0
37 United Kingdom Alan Brown 9 Ret Ret 12 0
38 United States Tony Bettenhausen 9 0
39 United States Fred Wacker 9 0
40 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 9 0
41 Germany Hans Herrmann 9 0
42 Switzerland Albert Scherrer 9 0
43 Monaco Louis Chiron 15 10 0
44 Belgium Paul Frère 10 Ret 0
45 United States Jimmy Davies 10 0
46 United States Duke Nalon 11 0
47 Belgium André Pilette 11 0
48 United Kingdom Bob Gerard 11 0
49 United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey 11 0
50 Belgium Johnny Claes NC Ret† 12 Ret Ret 0
51 United States Carl Scarborough 12 0
52 Germany Theo Helfrich 12 0
53 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Ret Ret 13 NC 0
54 United States Manny Ayulo 13 0
55 France Yves Giraud Cabantous 14 15 0
56 Germany Hans Stuck Ret 14 0
57 United States Jimmy Bryan 14 0
58 Germany Rudolf Krause 14 0
59 United States Bill Holland 15 0
60 Germany Ernst Klodwig 15 0
61 United States Rodger Ward 16 0
62 Germany Wolfgang Seidel 16 0
63 United States Walt Faulkner 17 0
United Kingdom Jack Fairman Ret NC 0
United Kingdom Lance Macklin Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
France Élie Bayol Ret Ret 0
Brazil Chico Landi Ret Ret 0
France Robert Manzon Ret 0
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Ret 0
Argentina Pablo Birger Ret 0
Argentina Adolfo Schwelm Cruz Ret 0
United States Marshall Teague Ret 0
United States Spider Webb Ret 0
United States Bob Sweikert Ret 0
United States Mike Nazaruk Ret 0
United States Pat Flaherty Ret 0
United States Jerry Hoyt Ret 0
United States Johnnie Parsons Ret 0
United States Don Freeland Ret 0
United States Gene Hartley Ret 0
United States Chuck Stevenson Ret 0
United States Cal Niday Ret 0
United States Bob Scott Ret 0
United States Andy Linden Ret 0
United States Johnny Thomson Ret 0
Belgium Georges Berger Ret 0
Belgium Arthur Legat Ret 0
United Kingdom Jimmy Stewart Ret 0
United Kingdom Tony Rolt Ret 0
United Kingdom Ian Stewart Ret 0
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton Ret 0
United Kingdom Tony Crook Ret 0
Argentina Edgar Barth Ret 0
Germany Oswald Karch Ret 0
Germany Willi Heeks Ret 0
Germany Theo Fitzau Ret 0
Germany Kurt Adolff Ret 0
Germany Günther Bechem Ret 0
Germany Ernst Loof Ret 0
Germany Erwin Bauer Ret 0
Switzerland Peter Hirt Ret 0
Italy Piero Carini Ret 0
United States John Fitch Ret 0
Pos. Driver ARG
Argentina
500
United States
NED
Netherlands
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
SUI
Switzerland
ITA
Italy
Pts.
  • * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • ** Multiple drivers set equal fastest lap times, thus sharing the 1 point.
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • ‡ Several cars were shared in this race. See the race page for details.
  • Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race resultsEdit

Formula One/Two races also held in 1953, which did not count towards the World Championship.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
Italy III Gran Premio
di Siracusa
Syracuse March 22 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati Report
France XIV Grand Prix de Pau Pau April 6 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom V Lavant Cup Goodwood April 6 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom II Aston Martin
Owners Club
F2 Race
Snetterton April 18 United Kingdom Eric Thompson United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
France III Grand Prix
de Bordeaux
Bordeaux May 3 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Report
Germany I Strassen-Rennen
Karl-Marx-Stadt
Karl-Marx-Stadt May 3 Germany Rudolf Krause Germany BMW-Reif Report
United Kingdom V BRDC International Trophy Silverstone May 9 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari Report
Finland XV Eläintarhanajot Eläintarharata May 10 United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey United Kingdom Cooper-Bristol Report
Italy VI Gran Premio
di Napoli
Posillipo May 10 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom VII Ulster Trophy Dundrod May 16 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom I Winfield JC
Formula 2 Race
Charterhall May 23 United Kingdom Ken Wharton United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Report
United Kingdom III Coronation Trophy Crystal Palace May 23 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
Belgium XXIII Grand Prix des Frontières Chimay May 24 France Maurice Trintignant France Gordini Report
United Kingdom I Snetterton Coronation Trophy Snetterton May 30 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
Germany XVII Internationales
ADAC Eifelrennen
Nürburgring May 31 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Italy Maserati Report
France XV Grand Prix de
l'Albigeois
Albi May 31 France Louis Rosier Italy Ferrari Report
France I Coupe de Printemps Montlhéry May 31 France Marcel Balsa Germany BMW Report
Germany I Paul Greifzu
Gedachtnisrennen
Dessau June 7 Germany Edgar Barth Germany EMW Report
United Kingdom II West Essex CC Race Snetterton June 27 United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
United Kingdom I Midlands MECC Race Silverstone June 27 United Kingdom Tony Crook United Kingdom Cooper-Alta Report
France III Grand Prix de
Rouen-les-Essarts
Rouen-les-Essarts June 28 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari Report
Germany IV Strassen-rennen
Halle-Saale-Schleife
Halle-Saale-Schleife July 5 Germany Edgar Barth Germany EMW Report
United Kingdom I Crystal Palace Trophy Crystal Palace July 11 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
Germany IX Internationales
Avusrennen
AVUS July 12 Belgium Jacques Swaters Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom II United States
Air Force Trophy
Snetterton July 25 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
France V Circuit du Lac Aix-les-Bains July 26 France Élie Bayol Italy OSCA Report
Germany I Dresden
Autobahn-spinne
Dresden-Hellerau July 26 Germany Edgar Barth Germany EMW Report
United Kingdom I Bristol MC & LCC Race Thruxton August 3 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
United Kingdom I Mid-Cheshire MC Race Oulton Park August 8 United Kingdom Tony Rolt United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
France III Grand Prix de
Sables d'Olonne
Les Sables-d'Olonne August 9 France Louis Rosier Italy Ferrari Report
United Kingdom II Newcastle Journal Trophy Charterhall August 15 United Kingdom Ken Wharton United Kingdom Cooper-Bristol Report
France V Circuit de Cadours Cadours August 30 France Maurice Trintignant France Gordini Report
Germany V Sachsenringrennen Sachsenring September 6 Germany Edgar Barth Germany EMW-BMW Report
United Kingdom I RedeX Trophy Snetterton September 12 United Kingdom Eric Thompson United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
Sweden III Skarpnäcksloppet Skarpnäck September 13 Sweden Erik Lundgren United States Ford Report
United Kingdom I London Trophy Crystal Palace September 19 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Cooper-Alta Report
Italy IV Gran Premio
di Modena
Modena September 20 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom VI Madgwick Cup Goodwood September 26 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Connaught-Lea-Francis Report
Germany II Bernau Autobahnschleife Bernau September 27 Germany Artur Rosenhammer Germany EMW Report
United Kingdom II Joe Fry Memorial Trophy Castle Combe October 3 United Kingdom Bob Gerard United Kingdom Cooper-Bristol Report
United Kingdom I Curtis Trophy Snetterton October 17 United Kingdom Bob Gerard United Kingdom Cooper-Bristol Report

NotesEdit

See AlsoEdit

V T E Formula One Seasons
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