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Stuart Lewis-Evans (born April 20, 1930 in Luton, Bedfordshire – died October 25, 1958 at the East Grinstead, Sussex) was a British automobile racing driver. He made his Formula One debut in 1957 and later gained a contract with Vanwall where he would remain until the end of his career.

He aided the Vanwall team in winning their first and only World Constructors' Championship title in 1958. He was killed in the final race of the 1958 Formula One Season at Morocco after suffering fatal burns from an accident.

Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

After leaving school in Bexleyheath Lewis-Evans served a three year apprenticeship at Vauxhall Motors. he began racing cars in 1951, proving that he had a lot of potential right from the start of his career. With much success throughout the year, he finished the year by winning the Open Challenge and the Junior Championship. He continued to race in minor Formula series until his debut in 1957.

1957Edit

Lewis-Evans made his Formula One debut in Monaco, racing an under-performing Connaught car. He finished three laps behind the leader to earn a fourth position in the race, being beaten by the better Maserati and Vanwall cars. This performance earned him a seat in the third Vanwall car, a position that he would fill of the remainder of his career.

After missing the 1957 Indianapolis 500, he went on to continue the season with the Vanwall team. He was able to earn another two points in the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix, but the rest of the season was filled with mechanical failures. Despite qualifying for pole position in the final race of the season at Italy, it was one of these unfortunate failures that forced him to retire midway through the race.

1958Edit

Vanwall had a much more successful season in 1958. Although he would not win any races like his teammates, Lewis-Evans claimed two podium finishes and another pole position, more than doubling his points from 1957. Vanwall would later earn their first and only World Constructors' Championship title (known then as the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers) at the end of the season, but not without a tragic loss.

DeathEdit

On lap 41 of the closing race in the 1958 season at Morocco, Lewis-Evans suffered a horrific accident. The engine of his Vanwall car seized and sent it into the barriers at a high speed. The car then caught fire with Lewis-Evans still inside. He had suffered serious burns and was flown in Tony Vanwall's private jet to a hospital in England. Members of Sir Archibald McIndoe’s East Grinstead specialist burns unit provided care for the injured driver, however, he died of his injuries six days after the accident. Lewis-Evans donated his eyes to the hospital's eye bank.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1957 Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta 5 12th Report
Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall
1958 Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall 11 9th Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 15
Starts 14
Pole Positions 2
Front Row Starts 2
Race Wins 0
Podiums 2
Fastest laps 0
Points 16
Laps Raced 585
Distance Raced 3786 km
Races Led 1
Laps Led 5
Distance Led 29 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1957 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Abruzzo bandiera Flag of Italy 5 12th
4th Ret 7th Ret 5th Ret
1958 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Morocco 11 9th
Ret Ret 3rd Ret 4th DNA 3rd Ret Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
[+] More Symbols

NotesEdit


V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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