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The 1957 German Grand Prix (formally the XIX Großer Preis von Deutschland) was a Formula One World Championship race held on 4 August 1957 at the Nürburgring. Held over 22 laps of the 14-mile (23 km) long circuit, the race is considered to be host to one of the most impressive performances in F1 history as Juan Manuel Fangio fought from 48 seconds behind second to win the race. The race included Formula Two cars to increase the size of the field.

Fangio had taken pole position in his Maserati 250F, with Mike Hawthorn in the Ferrari 801 alongside. Jean Behra (Maserati) and Peter Collins (Ferrari) completed the four-car front row. Fangio's pole time of 9 minutes 25.6 seconds was 2.8 seconds ahead of Hawthorn.

Come the race, Ferrari planned to not pit while Fangio decided upon a one-stop strategy on softer tyres. This didn't stop Hawthorn getting off the grid in the lead, ahead of teammate Collins and Fangio. Fangio took the lead on lap three and pitted, as planned, on lap 12, with a 30-second lead. However, this pit stop was disastrous; the left rear wheel nut became lost underneath the car and once it was found, Hawthorn and Collins had long gone past. Fangio emerged in third place, nearly 50 seconds behind the Ferrari pair.

Fangio started by taking 15.5 seconds off Hawthorn on his first lap and 8.5 the next. Setting not just fastest laps quicker than his qualifying time, but nine lap records, seven in succession, Fangio drove the wheels off his Maserati in his chase. He caught with, and overtook, Collins early in the 21st lap and took the lead of Hawthorn later the same lap. Hawthorn challenged, but Fangio held firm to win the race, and his fifth World Championship title.

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.' It would turn out to be somewhat accurate statement, as it was his final World Championship victory, and he retired in 1958.

BackgroundEdit

The previous Championship race at Aintree saw reigning World Champion and current World Championship leader Juan Manuel Fangio retire, which in turn allowed the remainder of the of the field to cut his astonishing seventeen point lead in the title race, over Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hanks, to just twelve, with Ferrari's Luigi Musso now second. Tony Brooks, who shared victory at the British GP with Stirling Moss, resided in third place, with ten points.

A non-Championship race was held between the British and German races; the Caen Grand Prix, which was won by Frenchman Jean Behra in a BRM.

The majority of entrants were invited manufacturers; private entries were not invited. Due to the reduced field this made up, Formula Two drivers were invited to race alongside. These F2 fought for separate honours and would not be awarded World Championship points were they to finish in the top five or set the fastest lap.

Maserati took five drivers, including Fangio, Jean Behra and Harry Schell in the 1957 cars, Giorgio Scarlatti in a works 1956 car and Paco Godia in his own 1956 car. Carlos Menditeguy was also entered into the race, but his car was unavailable. Scuderia Centro Sud also entered a pair of Maseratis, to be driven by Masten Gregory and Hans Herrmann.

Ferrari entered four drivers, three going into the race. Luigi Musso, Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn were all to drive the Lancia-Ferrari 801. Maurice Trintignant was left without a drive, having been set to drive the new V6 F2 car, however, Enzo Ferrari felt no-one, let alone Trintignant, could do the car justice at the Nürburgring and thus the car did not arrive.

Representing Britain were the Vanwall team, with Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks and Stuart Lewis-Evans looking to make it consecutive World Championship wins. BRM received invites, but with Ron Flockhart injured, it was decided not to attend with two inexperienced drivers. These entries were filled by Bruce Halford and Horace Gould in Maserati 250Fs.

In the F2 category, Porsche entered three cars, Umberto Maglioli and Edgar Barth were in full works cars with Carel Godin de Beaufort in an Ecurie Maarsbergen entry. Cooper had two works entries, Roy Salvadori and Jack Brabham, the latter in a Rob Walker-owned car. The four remaining starting cars were also Coopers, two Ridgeway Managements entries for Tony Marsh and Paul England; and private entries each for both Brian Naylor and Dick Gibson. The two non-starting F2 racers were Trintignant and Lotus's Dennis Taylor.

As for the Nürburgring itself, a large portion of the track had been resurfaced, but the layout remained unchanged. It was expected for the lap record, of 9 minutes 41.6 seconds, to fall during the race, due to both the resurfacing and the general improvement in F1 cars.

Championship permutationsEdit

It was possible for Juan Manuel Fangio to seal the World Championship crown at the German GP, with two races to spare, as long as he held at least an eighteen-point lead following the race, given that no-one could match his win total.

To win, Fangio needed to score six or more points than Luigi Musso and three or more points than Tony Brooks. Given that 27 points remained available going into the race and that Fangio had 25, the title was still technically available for any driver to win.

Entry ListEdit

Notes:

  • Drivers in italics did not compete in the race.
  • Drivers in pink are Formula Two entries.
No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
2 France Jean Behra Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
3 United States Harry Schell Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
4 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
5 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
6 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 V8 2.5 E
7 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 V8 2.5 E
8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 V8 2.5 E
9 France Maurice Trintignant Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 801 Ferrari DS50 V8 2.5 E
10 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vandervell Products Ltd Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 Straight-4 2.5 P
11 United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vandervell Products Ltd Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 Straight-4 2.5 P
12 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Vandervell Products Ltd Vanwall VW 5 Vanwall 254 Straight-4 2.5 P
14 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM P25 Straight-4 2.5 D
15 United Kingdom Bruce Halford United Kingdom Private entry Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 D
16 United States Masten Gregory Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
17 West Germany Hans Herrmann Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
18 Spain Paco Godia Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
19 United Kingdom Horace Gould United Kingdom H. H. Gould Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 L6 2.5 P
20 Italy Umberto Maglioli West Germany Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5  ?
21 West Germany Edgar Barth West Germany Dr Ing F. Porsche KG Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5  ?
22 France Maurice Trintignant Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari D156 Ferrari 156 Dino V6 1.5 E
23 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T43 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
24 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper Car Company Cooper T43 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
25 United Kingdom Tony Marsh United Kingdom Ridgeway Management Cooper T43 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
26 Australia Paul England United Kingdom Ridgeway Management Cooper T41 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
27 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche RS550 Porsche 547/3 F4 1.5 D
28 United Kingdom Brian Naylor United Kingdom Private entry Cooper T43 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
29 United Kingdom Dick Gibson United Kingdom Private entry Cooper T43 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D
30 United Kingdom Dennis Taylor United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 12 Climax FPF L4 1.5 D

Practice OverviewEdit

Friday PracticeEdit

Saturday PracticeEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Avg speed Grid
1 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati 9:25.6 145.184 km/h 1
2 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari 9:28.4 + 2.8 s 144.469 km/h 2
3 2 France Jean Behra Italy Maserati 9:30.5 + 4.9 s 143.937 km/h 3
4 7 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Ferrari 9:34.7 + 9.1 s 142.885 km/h 4
5 11 United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall 9:36.1 + 10.5 s 142.538 km/h 5
6 3 United States Harry Schell Italy Maserati 9:39.2 + 13.6 s 141.775 km/h 6
7 10 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall 9:41.2 + 15.6 s 141.287 km/h 7
8 6 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Ferrari 9:43.1 + 17.5 s 140.827 km/h 8
9 12 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Vanwall 9:45.0 + 19.4 s 140.369 km/h 9
10 16 United States Masten Gregory Italy Maserati 9:51.5 + 25.9 s 138.827 km/h 10
11 17 West Germany Hans Herrmann Italy Maserati 10:00.0 + 34.4 s 136.860 km/h 11
12 21 West Germany Edgar Barth West Germany Porsche 10:02.2 + 36.6 s 136.360 km/h 12
13 4 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Italy Maserati 10:04.9 + 39.3 s 135.751 km/h 13
14 23 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 10:06.0 + 40.4 s 135.505 km/h 14
15 20 Italy Umberto Maglioli West Germany Porsche 10:08.9 + 43.3 s 134.860 km/h 15
16 15 United Kingdom Bruce Halford Italy Maserati 10:14.5 + 48.9 s 133.631 km/h 16
17 28 United Kingdom Brian Naylor United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 10:15:0 + 49.4 s 133.522 km/h 17
18 24 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 10:18.8 + 53.2 s 132.702 km/h 18
19 19 United Kingdom Horace Gould Italy Maserati 10:20.8 + 55.2 s 132.274 km/h 19
20 27 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort West Germany Porsche 10:25.9 + 1 m 00.3 s 131.197 km/h 20
21 18 Spain Paco Godia Italy Maserati 10:32.3 + 1 m 06.7 s 129.869 km/h 21
22 25 United Kingdom Tony Marsh United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 10:48.2 + 1 m 22.6 s 126.683 km/h 22
23 26 Australia Paul England United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 11:08.4 + 1 m 42.8 s 122.855 km/h 23
24 29 United Kingdom Dick Gibson United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 11:46.4 + 2 m 20.8 s 116.246 km/h 24

GridEdit

Note: F2 drivers highlighted in pink.

Pos Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
______________ 2 Juan Manuel Fangio
______________ 3 Mike Hawthorn
4 Jean Behra
Peter Collins
______________
______________ 5
______________ 6 Tony Brooks
7 Harry Schell
Stirling Moss
______________
______________ 8
______________ 9 Luigi Musso
______________ 10 Stuart Lewis-Evans
11 Masten Gregory
Hans Herrmann
______________
______________ 12
______________ 13 Edgar Barth
14 Giorgio Scarlatti
Roy Salvadori
______________
______________ 15
______________ 16 Umberto Maglioli
______________ 17 Bruce Halford
18 Brian Naylor
Jack Brabham
______________
______________ 19
______________ 20 Horace Gould
21 Carel Godin de Beaufort
Paco Godia
______________
______________ 22
______________ 23 Tony Marsh
______________ 24 Paul England
25 Dick Gibson

RaceEdit

Pre-raceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Note: F2 drivers highlighted in pink.

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati 22 3 h 30 m 38.3 s 1 9
2 8 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn Italy Ferrari 22 + 3.6 s 2 6
3 7 United Kingdom Peter Collins Italy Ferrari 22 + 35.6 s 4 4
4 6 Italy Luigi Musso Italy Ferrari 22 + 3 m 37.6 s 8 3
5 10 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Vanwall 22 + 4 m 37.2 s 7 2
6 2 France Jean Behra Italy Maserati 22 + 4 m 38.5 s 3
7 3 United States Harry Schell Italy Maserati 22 + 6 m 47.5 s 6
8 16 United States Masten Gregory Italy Maserati 21 + 1 lap 10
9 11 United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall 21 + 1 lap 5
10 4 Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Italy Maserati 21 + 1 lap 13
11 15 United Kingdom Bruce Halford Italy Maserati 21 + 1 lap 16
12 21 West Germany Edgar Barth West Germany Porsche 21 + 1 lap 12
13 28 United Kingdom Brian Naylor United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 20 + 2 laps 17
14 27 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort West Germany Porsche 20 + 2 laps 20
NC 25 United Kingdom Tony Marsh United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 17 + 5 laps 22
Ret 17 West Germany Hans Herrmann Italy Maserati 14 Chassis 11
Ret 20 Italy Umberto Maglioli West Germany Porsche 13 Engine 15
Ret 23 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 11 Suspension 14
Ret 18 Spain Paco Godia Italy Maserati 11 Steering 21
Ret 12 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans United Kingdom Vanwall 10 Gearbox 9
Ret 24 Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 6 Transmission 18
Ret 26 Australia Paul England United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 4 Distributor 23
Ret 29 United Kingdom Paul Gibson United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 3 Steering 24
Ret 19 United Kingdom Horace Gould Italy Maserati 1 Axle 19
DNA 5 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy Italy Maserati Car unavailable
DNA 9/22 France Maurice Trintignant Italy Ferrari Car unavailable
DNA 14 United Kingdom Ron Flockhart United Kingdom BRM Driver injured
DNA 30 United Kingdom Dennis Taylor United Kingdom Lotus-Climax Driver elsewhere

Fastest lapsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap Avg Speed Race
1 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati 20 9:17.4 147.32 km/h 1
2 23 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori United Kingdom Cooper-Climax 9 10:03.8 + 46.4 s 136.00 km/h Ret

Laps in the leadEdit

StintsEdit

TotalsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 34
2 Italy Luigi Musso 16
3 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 13 ▲3
4 United Kingdom Tony Brooks 10 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Stirling Moss 8 ▲2
6 United States Sam Hanks 8 ▼2
7 United Kingdom Peter Collins 8 ▲4
8 United States Jim Rathmann 7 ▼3
9 France Jean Behra 6 ▼1
10 United States Harry Schell 5 ▼1
11 France Maurice Trintignant 5 ▼1
12 United States Masten Gregory 4 ▲1
13 Argentina Carlos Menditeguy 4 ▼1
14 United States Jimmy Bryan 4
15 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans 3
16 United States Paul Russo 3
17 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori 2
18 United States Andy Linden 2
19 Spain Alfonso de Portago 1
20 Argentina José Froilán González 1

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