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1950 FIA Formula One

World Championship season

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1949 1951
Races 7
Drivers 81
Teams 14
Tyre Suppliers P

D E

Drivers' Champion
Nino Farina 1950
Italy Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo) - 30 points

The 1950 Formula One season included the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on May 13, 1950, and ended on September 3 after 7 races. The championship consisted of six Formula One races in Europe plus the Indianapolis 500, which was run to AAA regulations.

Giuseppe Farina won the championship with thirty points. Numerous other Formula One races, which did not count towards the Championship, were also held during the year.


Season previewEdit

1950 was the inaugural season for the Formula One Drivers' World Championship, to a formula which specified engine capacity of 1.5 litres supercharged or 4.5 litres unsupercharged. Many of the drivers and cars had raced before the Second World War and had lots of expereince. The championship consisted of six Grand Prix races, held in Europe and open to Formula One cars, plus the Indianapolis 500, which was run to AAA National Championship regulations. Although the Indianapolis 500 was included in the championship series until 1960, it attracted very little European participation and, conversely, very few American Indianapolis drivers entered any grands prix.

Championship points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for the fastest lap. Only the best four of seven scores counted towards the World Championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of how many laps each driver drove.

Teams and driversEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1950 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158/50 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–7
Italy Giuseppe Farina 1–2, 4–7
Italy Luigi Fagioli 1–2, 4–7
United Kingdom Reg Parnell 1
Italy Consalvo Sanesi 7
Italy Piero Taruffi 7
Italy Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom David Murray 1, 7
United Kingdom David Hampshire 1, 6
United Kingdom Reg Parnell 6
United Kingdom T.A.S.O. Mathieson ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Leslie Johnson 1
United Kingdom Peter Walker ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Peter Walker 1
United Kingdom Tony Rolt 1
United Kingdom Joe Fry Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom Joe Fry 1
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 1
United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA B
A
ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Bob Gerard 1–2
France Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1, 4–6
France Louis Rosier 1, 4–6
France Philippe Étancelin 1, 5
France Eugène Martin 1, 4
France Pierre Levegh 5–6
France Raymond Sommer 6
Belgium Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Belgium Johnny Claes 1–2, 4–7
Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Monaco Louis Chiron 1–2, 4, 6–7
Italy Franco Rol 2, 6–7
Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 1–2, 4, 7
Thailand B. Bira 1–2, 4, 7
Ireland Joe Kelly Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Ireland Joe Kelly 1
United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley 1, 5
Argentina Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48
4CL
Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Argentina José Froilán González 2, 6
Argentina Alfredo Pián 2
Italy Nello Pagani 4
Switzerland Toni Branca 4
United States Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper-JAP T12 JAP 1.1 V2 D United States Harry Schell 2
France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E France Robert Manzon 2, 6–7
France Maurice Trintignant 2, 7
France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Philippe Étancelin 2, 4, 6–7
France Eugène Chaboud 6
France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Louis Rosier 2, 7
France Henri Louveau 7
United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D United Kingdom Cuth Harrison 1-2, 7
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s D United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 2, 6–7
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
275
375
Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s
Ferrari 275 3.3 V12
Ferrari 375 4.5 V12
P Italy Luigi Villoresi 2, 4–5
Italy Alberto Ascari 2, 4–5, 7
France Raymond Sommer 2, 4
Italy Dorino Serafini 7
125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 4
Italy Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT/50 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Italy Felice Bonetto 4
Milano-Speluzzi 1 Speluzzi 1.5 L4s 7
Maserati-Milano 4CLT/50 Milano 1.5 L4s 6
Italy Franco Comotti 7
United States Ecurie Bleue Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D United States Harry Schell 4
France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Raymond Sommer 5, 7
France Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Eugène Chaboud 5
Switzerland Antonio Branca Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Switzerland Toni Branca 5
France Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Charles Pozzi 6
France Louis Rosier 6
Italy Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar 166S Jaguar XK 3.4 L6  ? Italy Clemente Biondetti 7
Germany Paul Pietsch Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Germany Paul Pietsch 7
France Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Guy Mairesse 7
France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D France Pierre Levegh 7

World Championship calendarEdit

13 May - British Grand Prix

United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

21 May - Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

30 May - Indianapolis 500

United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana

4 June - Swiss Grand Prix

Switzerland Circuit Bremgarten, Bern

Silver50
AV39THM
Indianapolis500530
Bern5006042

18 June - Belgian Grand Prix

Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot

2 July - French Grand Prix

France Circuit de Reims-Gueux, Reims

3 September - Italian Grand Prix

Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza

Spa500618
Reims500702
Monza50

Season ReviewEdit

In this first World Championship season, 14 teams (4 works and 10 independent) participated, alongside a number of privately entered cars, in the 6 European Grands Prix. Only US teams, constructors and drivers participated in the Indianapolis 500. The chassis, engine and car numbers varied from race to race.

Alfa Romeo's superb squad comprised the legendary 'three Fs'. These were: Dr Giuseppe 'Nino' Farina (aged 44), Juan Manuel Fangio (38) and Luigi Fagioli (53). Using the updated pre-war Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 they dominated the championship, with the nearest opposistion being Ferrari.

Ferrari was absent from the very first race of the World Championship, held at the British Silverstone circuit on the 13th of May. In the presence of the royal family 21 cars took part in the qualifying with Farina taking the first pole position. Fagioli lead the race initially, but eventually dropped to third behind Farina and Fangio. When Fangio's engien failed Farina inherited second place, ahead of the local star Reg Parnell. Farina eventually won the race after 70 laps becoming the first driver to win a Formula One championship race.

A week later the world championship went to Monaco. The Alfa Romeos were joined by Maserati's José Froilán González on the front row. Fangio got off the line first leading the first lap.  Farina's luck changed this time when on lap 1 he triggered a nine car pile up at the Tabac corner which also took out Fagioli. This was caused by a tidal wave which had flooded the track. Fangio was ahead of the carnage annd luckily survived when he came across it on the next lap. He went on the score his first win. Ferrari took part in the championship for the first time. Their driver, the 32 year old Alberto Ascari took second place, albeit one lap down.

Round three took place at the Indianapolis 500. None of the main runners in the championship attended the race. Johnnie Parsons won driving for Kurtis-Kraft.

Farina and Fagioli scored a one-two at the next Grand Prix in Switzerland. Once again Fangio suffered an engine failure as did all of the three works Ferraris. Louis Rosier in a Talbot-Lago finished third followed by four Maseratis. The race would sadly be remembered for severe crash of French driver Eugène Martin when his Talbot-Lago barrel-rolled.

At Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix Fangio fought back to win his second race of the year ahead of Fagioli. Pre-race Johnny Clase had crahsed his team truck on the way to his home Grand Prix and was permitted to start from the back of the grid after his car was escorted to the circuit on public roads by nightime. Some variety was provided by Raymond Sommer who led in the Talbot while Fangio re-fuled, before his engine blew. Raymond had earlier been dropped by Ferrari after poor pace. Farina finished in fourth place with a struggling 158 but this result would be important in the championship fight.

In contrast to Spa, the French Grand Prix was disappointing. Ferrari team boss Enzo Ferrari withdrew his cars after he deemed them to be uncompetitive. The cars for Maserati and Talbot-Lago also overheated. While leading the race Farina retired gifting victory to Fangio ahead of Fagioli and Peter Whitehead who was driving a privateer Ferrari. Peter had wowed the spectators by starting at the back of the grid and eventually finishing third. Robert Manzon also scored the first points for the Simca-Gordini team.

The Championship like many to follow was decided at the final round in Monza. Fangio had 26 points to the 22 of the consistent Fagioli and the 22 of Farina. Alfa Romeo brought the new more powerfull 159 for Fangio and Farina to race with. Farina qualified first ahead of Ascari. Ascari was using the new unsupercharged Ferrari which they had been working on during the sesaon. The title was decided when Fangio's Alfa broke down. He then took over a teammates car and then retired with a seized gearbox. Farina won the race along with the championship. Ascari finished second ahead of Fagioli.

Results and StandingsEdit

World Championship Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Silverstone Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
2 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
3 United States Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis United States Walt Faulkner United States Johnnie Parsons United States Johnnie Parsons United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F Report
4 Switzerland Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
5 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Giuseppe Farina Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
6 France French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo P Report
7 Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo P Report

Non-Championship race resultsEdit

The following Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers, were also held in 1950.

Grand Prix Circuit Date Winning Driver Constructor Report
France XI Pau Grand Prix Pau 10 April Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom II Richmond Trophy Goodwood 10 April United Kingdom Reg Parnell Italy Maserati Report
Italy V San Remo Grand Prix Ospedaletti 16 April Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Report
France IV Grand Prix de Paris Montlhéry 30 April France Georges Grignard France Talbot-Lago Report
United Kingdom XII British Empire Trophy Douglas 15 June United Kingdom Bob Gerard United Kingdom ERA Report
Italy IV Gran Premio di Bari Lungomare 9 July Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom IV J.C.C. Jersey Road Race Saint Helier 13 July United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Italy Ferrari Report
France XII Circuit de l'Albigeois Albi 16 July France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
Netherlands I Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoort 23 July France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago Report
Switzerland III Grand Prix des Nations Geneve 30 July Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom I Nottingham Trophy Gamston 7 August United Kingdom David Hampshire Italy Maserati Report
United Kingdom IV Ulster Trophy Dundrod 12 August United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Italy Ferrari Report
Italy XIX Coppa Acerbo Pescara 15 August Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom I Sheffield Telegraph Trophy Gamston 19 August United Kingdom Cuth Harrison United Kingdom ERA Report
United Kingdom II BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 26 August Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo Report
United Kingdom III Goodwood Trophy Goodwood 30 September United Kingdom Reg Parnell United Kingdom BRM Report
Spain X Gran Premio de Penya Rhin Pedralbes 29 October Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari Report

Drivers Championship final standingsEdit

Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Championship points were awarded on a 8–6–4–3–2 basis to the first five finishers in each race. 1 point was given for the fastest lap.

Pos Driver GBR
United Kingdom
MON
Monaco
500
United States
SUI
Switzerland
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
Pts.
1 Italy Giuseppe Farina 1 Ret 1 4 7 1 30
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ret 1 Ret 1 1 Ret

 / Ret

27
3 Italy Luigi Fagioli 2 Ret 2 2 2 (3) 24 (28)
4 France Louis Rosier 5 Ret 3 3 6† 4 13
5 Italy Alberto Ascari 2 Ret 5 DNS 2† 11
6 United States Johnnie Parsons 1 9
7 United States Bill Holland 2 6
8 Thailand Prince Bira Ret 5 4 Ret 5
9 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead DNS 3 7 4
10 Monaco Louis Chiron Ret 3 9 Ret Ret 4
11 United Kingdom Reg Parnell 3 Ret 4
12 United States Mauri Rose 3 4
13 Italy Dorino Serafini 2† 3
14 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 4 Ret Ret 8 3
15 France Raymond Sommer 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
16 France Robert Manzon Ret 4 Ret 3
17 United States Cecil Green 4 3
18 France Philippe Étancelin 8 Ret Ret Ret 5† 5 3
19 Italy Felice Bonetto 5 Ret DNS 2
20 France Eugène Chaboud Ret 5† 1
21 United States Joie Chitwood 5† 1
22 United States Tony Bettenhausen 5† 1
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Ret Ret 6 6 0
United Kingdom Bob Gerard 6 6 0
Italy Luigi Villoresi Ret Ret 6 DNS 0
United States Lee Wallard 6 0
France Charles Pozzi 6† 0
Belgium Johnny Claes 11 7 10 8 Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Cuth Harrison 7 Ret Ret 0
France Pierre Levegh 7 Ret Ret 0
United States Walt Faulkner 7 0
Italy Nello Pagani 7 0
United States Harry Schell Ret 8 0
United States George Connor 8 0
United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Ret 9 0
United Kingdom David Hampshire 9 Ret 0
United States Paul Russo 9 0
Switzerland Toni Branca 11 10 0
United States Pat Flaherty 10 0
United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 10† 0
United Kingdom Joe Fry 10† 0
United States Myron Fohr 11 0
United States Duane Carter 12 0
United States Mack Hellings 13 0
United States Jack McGrath 14 0
United States Troy Ruttman 15 0
United States Gene Hartley 16 0
United States Jimmy Davies 17 0
United States Johnny McDowell 18 0
United States Walt Brown 19 0
United States Spider Webb 20 0
United States Jerry Hoyt 21 0
United States Walt Ader 22 0
United States Jackie Holmes 23 0
United States Jim Rathmann 24 0
Ireland Joe Kelly NC 0
Italy Franco Rol Ret Ret Ret 0
France Eugène Martin Ret Ret 0
Argentina José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom David Murray Ret Ret 0
France Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Leslie Johnson Ret 0
United Kingdom Peter Walker Ret† 0
United Kingdom Tony Rolt Ret† 0
United States Henry Banks Ret 0
United States Bill Schindler Ret 0
United States Fred Agabashian Ret 0
United States Jimmy Jackson Ret 0
United States Sam Hanks Ret 0
United States Dick Rathmann Ret 0
United States Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
United States Bayliss Levrett Ret† 0
United States Bill Cantrell Ret† 0
France Guy Mairesse Ret 0
Germany Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Italy Clemente Biondetti Ret 0
France Henri Louveau Ret 0
Italy Franco Comotti Ret 0
Italy Consalvo Sanesi Ret 0
Italy Piero Taruffi Ret† 0
Argentina Alfredo Pián DNS 0
Pos. Driver GBR
United Kingdom
MON
Monaco
500
United States
SUI
Switzerland
BEL
Belgium
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
Pts.
  • (bold indicate pole position; italics indicate fastest lap; † indicates position shared between more drivers of the same car)
  • Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1950_Formula_One_season
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/1950.aspx

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