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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 summary[]

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 review[]

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 standings[]

Pos. Driver Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Pts.
1st Italy Alberto Ascari 1stP 1stP 1st 4thP 1stP 8thP
Ret
1st RetP 34.5 (46.5)
2nd Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ret Ret RetP
Ret
2nd 2nd 2nd 4thP
Ret
1st 28 (29.5)
3rd Italy Nino Farina Ret 2nd Ret 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 26 (32)
4th United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn 4th 4th 6th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd 4th 19 (27)
5th Italy Luigi Villoresi 2nd Ret 2nd 6th Ret 8th
Ret
6th 3rd 17
6th Argentina José Froilán González 3rd 3rd Ret 3rd 4th 13.5 (14.5)
7th United States Bill Vukovich 1stP 9
7th Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 5th 4th 7th Ret 5th Ret Ret 7
9th Italy Felice Bonetto Ret 3rd Ret 6th 4th 4th
Ret
Ret 6.5
10th United States Art Cross 2nd 6
11th Argentina Onofre Marimón 3rd 9th Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
12th France Maurice Trintignant 7th 6th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 4
13th United States Sam Hanks 3rd 2
14th United States Duane Carter 3rd 2
15th Argentina Óscar Alfredo Gálvez 5th 2
16th United States Jack McGrath 5th 2
17th Germany Hermann Lang 5th 2
18th United States Fred Agabashian 4th 1.5
19th United States Paul Russo 4th 1.5
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 9th Ret 6th 13th 0
France Jean Behra 6th Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret 0
Argentina Roberto Mieres Ret Ret 6th 0
United States Jimmy Daywalt 6th 0
United States Harry Schell 7th Ret 7th Ret Ret Ret 9th 0
France Louis Rosier 7th 8th 8th 10th 10th Ret 16th 0
United Kingdom Ken Wharton Ret Ret 8th 7th NC 0
Thailand Birabongse Bhanudej Ret 7th Ret 11th 0
Belgium Jacques Swaters DNS 7th Ret 0
United States Jim Rathmann 7th 0
Italy Sergio Mantovani 7th 0
Italy Luigi Musso 7th 0
United Kingdom Peter Collins 8th Ret 13th Ret 0
United Kingdom John Barber 8th 0
United States Ernie McCoy 8th 0
Switzerland Max de Terra 8th 0
Italy Umberto Maglioli 8th 0
United Kingdom Alan Brown 9th Ret Ret 12th 0
United States Fred Wacker DNS 9th DNS 0
United States Tony Bettenhausen 9th 0
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 9th 0
Germany Hans Herrmann 9th 0
Switzerland Albert Scherrer 9th 0
Monaco Louis Chiron 15th DNS DNS 10th 0
Belgium Paul Frère 10th Ret 0
United States Jimmy Davies 10th 0
United States Duke Nalon 11th 0
Belgium André Pilette 11th 0
United Kingdom Bob Gerard 11th Ret 0
United Kingdom Rodney Nuckey 11th 0
Belgium Johnny Claes NC Ret 12th Ret Ret 0
United States Carl Scarborough 12th 0
Germany Theo Helfrich 12th 0
United Kingdom Kenneth McAlpine Ret Ret 13th NC 0
United States Manny Ayulo 13th 0
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 14th 15th 0
Germany Hans Stuck Ret 14th 0
United States Jimmy Bryan 14th 0
Germany Rudolf Krause 14th 0
United States Bill Holland 15th 0
Germany Ernst Klodwig 15th 0
United States Rodger Ward 16th 0
Germany Wolfgang Seidel 16th 0
United States Walt Faulkner 17th 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 DNS 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
Germany 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
Belgium Charles de Tornaco DNS 0
Germany Helmut Glöckler DNS 0
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols
  • Position shared between multiple drivers of the same car
  • Fastest lap earns 1 point
  • 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 results[]

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

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