1958 Formula One season

1958 Formula One Season

1958 Formula One season

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The 1958 Formula One season was the ninth season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1958 World Championship of Drivers being contested concurrently with the World Championship of Drivers. Englishman Mike Hawthorn won the Drivers title after a close battle with compatriot Stirling Moss and Vanwall won the Manufacturers award from Ferrari.

The season was one of the most important and tragic seasons in Formula One's history. Four drivers died in four different races during this season.

Season summary

Although the engine formula remained the same, minimum race lengths were reduced to 300 kilometres or two hours, and the use of commercial petrol became compulsory, in place of specialized alcohol-based racing fuels. The International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was awarded for the first time, but Ferrari's Mike Hawthorn won the driver's championship from Stirling Moss, despite the latter having won four of the ten grand prix to Hawthorn's one.

Rear-engined Cooper-Climaxes, entered by the private owner Rob Walker, shocked the establishment by winning two early-season races: Moss, driving for Walker in Argentina because Vanwall had not...
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