Formula One Legends: World Championship 1958

It’s the ninth season of Formula one, but is the first which has a manufacturers title, with the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

The engines used the previous year remained the same, but the overall length of the race was shorten to a minimum of 300km per race or two hours. Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first woman to drive in a world championship event.

Missing Fangio and his Maserati the title was a challenge in between Hawthorn and his fellow british Stirling Moss.

Several new drivers showed their talent, to begin with Tony Brooks who won few races.

The final title went to Mike Hawthorn on Ferrari, but the Italian team didn’t achieve to beat Vanwall in the Constructor championship.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Argentina 19/01/1958 Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax 80 2:19’33.7
Monaco 18/05/1958 Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Climax 100 2:52’27.9
Netherlands 26/05/1958 Stirling Moss Vanwall 75 2:04’49.2
Indianapolis 500 30/05/1958 Jimmy Bryan Epperly 200 3:44’13.80
Belgium 15/06/1958 Tony Brooks Vanwall 24 1:37’06.3
France 06/07/1958 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari 50 2:03’21.3
Great Britain 19/07/1958 Peter Collins Ferrari 75 2:09’04.2
Germany 03/08/1958 Tony Brooks Vanwall 15 2:21’15.0
Portugal 24/08/1958 Stirling Moss Vanwall 50 2:11’27.80
Italy 07/09/1958 Tony Brooks Vanwall 70 2:03’47.8
Morocco 19/10/1958 Stirling Moss Vanwall 53 2:09’15.1

Final Championship Classification

Pos. Driver Pts.
1 Mike Hawthorn 42 (49)
2 Stirling Moss 41
3 Tony Brooks 24
4 Roy Salvadori 15
5 Peter Collins 14
6 Harry Schell 14
7 Maurice Trintignant 12
8 Luigi Musso 12
9 Stuart Lewis-Evans 11
10 Phil Hill 9

Unfortunately also this year will be remembered for the tragic incidents which in different situation killed 4 drivers: Musso, Collins, Lewis-Evans and Pat O’Connor will be always remembered among the legends of this sport.

Also Hawthorn who retired after the championship had an accident, on the road in early 1959 and died.


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