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Monaco 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
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Race 2 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
Date 21 May 1950
Official name XI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco

3.181 km (1.977 mi)

Distance 100 laps, 318.1 km (197.7 mi)
Pole Position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (Alfa Romeo)
Time 1:50.2
Fastest Lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (Alfa Romeo)
Time 1:51.0
Podium
First Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (Alfa Romeo)
Second Italy Alberto Ascari (Ferrari)
Third Monaco Louis Chiron (Maserati)

The 1950 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 May 1950 at Monaco. This race was the second round of 1950 World Drivers' Championship. The race, contested over 100 laps at an overall distance of 318.1 km (197.1 mi) was won by Juan Manuel Fangio for the Alfa Romeo team after starting from pole position. Alberto Ascari finished 2nd for Ferrari and Louis Chiron finished 3rd for Maserati.

ReportEdit

Pre-raceEdit

The Scuderia Ferrari team made their World Championship debut at Monaco. The team was run by Enzo Ferrari the former Alfa Romeo Principal in the 30s who lead the team to greatness. Now with his own team Ferrari was expected to be the biggest threat to the dominant Alfas. Italians Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi and Frenchman Raymond Sommer were chosen to make up the team.

The Simca-Gordini team also made their debut. Run by Amédée Gordini with the two frenchman Robert Manzon and Maurice Trintignant at the wheels of the two Type 15s.

QualifyingEdit

For the first qualifying session at Monco it was wet. Alfredo Piàn crashed his car heavily during the session and was unable to participate in the race. Juan Manuel Fangio took pole ahead of Giuseppe Farina and the impressive José Froilán González who was in a Maserati racing for Scuderia Achille Vazzi. He prevailed in the wet but his teammate Alfredo Piàn did not. The privately entered Talbot-Lago of Philippe Étancelin was 4th with Alfa driver Luigi Fagioli 5th and the Ferraris of Villoresi and Ascari in 6th and 7th with Sommer down in 9th.

RaceEdit

At the start of the race the track was wet due to a rain shower earlier in the morning. Peter Whitehead's private Ferrari failed to start the race due to engine issues that had troubled him all weekend. At the start Fangio made the best start ahead of Farina who spun his wheels up. As the cars made there way around the first lap, little did they know their had been a tidal wave at the Tabac corner and it had flooded some of the track.

As the drivers entered Tabac, Nino Farina who was running second spun his Alfa on the wet track and was rammed by José Froilán González and in turn, he was rammed by Luigi Fagioli. This caused a multi-car pile up meaning that Louis Rosier, Robert Manzon, Emmanuel de Graffenried, Maurice Trintignant, Cuth Harrison, Franco Rol and Harry Schell all had to retire. Most os the cars and drivers got away unscathed but González had had oil spilt over him in the accident which badly burned him and would keep him out for the next couple of races. Franco Rol also was injured and suffered a broken wrist which would put him out of contention for awhile as well.

Only 9 cars had survived the incident and Ferrari was the only team to not lose at least one of their cars in the first lap incident, Villoresi and Ascari quickly overtook Philippe Étancelin for third and the two began a hard battle for second. Étançelin retired later in the race with an oil leak, which paved the way for the third Ferrari of Sommer to take fourth place behind his two teammates but he was under pressure for the place from local driver and racing veteran Louis Chiron.

Luigi Villoresi who had stalled early in the race and had manged to negotiate the mele at Tabac had a strong day fighting back to second but it came to a sad end when his axle broke thus leaving the second place open to team mate Ascari. After a long hard battle Louis Chiron had finally managed to get his Maserati past Raymond Sommer and he moved into third place where he stayed for the remainder of the Grand Prix and took a podium finish in front of his home crowd. The race however was dominated by Fangio who saw absolutely no challenge from any of his rivals with his teammates being taken out on the first lap and showed Ferrari had work to do if they were going to catch the Alfas.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 34 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:50.2
2 32 Italy Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 1:52.8 + 2.6
3 2 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 1:53.7 + 3.5
4 14 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:54.1 + 3.9
5 36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 1:54.2 + 4.0
6 38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:52.3 + 2.1
7 40 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:53.8 + 3.6
8 48 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati 1:56.3 + 6.1
9 42 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari 1:56.6 + 6.4
10 16 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:57.7 + 7.5
11 10 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:00.4 + 10.2
12 52 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:00.7 + 10.5
13 12 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:01.4 + 11.2
14 24 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA 2:01.6 + 11.4
15 50 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 2:02.2 + 12.0
16 26 United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA 2:03.4 + 13.2
17 44 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 2:04.5 + 14.3
18 4 Argentina Alfredo Piàn Maserati No time
19 6 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:12.0 + 21.8
20 8 United States Harry Schell Cooper-JAP No time
21 28 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari No time
DNA 18 France Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 20 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 46 Italy Clemente Biondetti Maserati

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 34 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 100 3:13:18.7 1 9
2 40 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 99 + 1 Lap 7 6
3 48 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati 98 + 2 Laps 8 4
4 42 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari 97 + 3 Laps 9 3
5 50 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 95 + 5 Laps 15 2
6 26 United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA 94 + 6 Laps 16  
7 6 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 94 + 6 Laps 19  
Ret 38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 63 Rear Axle 6  
Ret 14 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 38 Oil leak 4  
Ret 2 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 1 Accident 3  
Ret 32 Italy Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 2  
Ret 36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 5  
Ret 16 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Accident 10  
Ret 10 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 11  
Ret 52 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 0 Accident 12  
Ret 12 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 13  
Ret 24 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA 0 Accident 14  
Ret 44 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 0 Accident 17  
Ret 8 United States Harry Schell Cooper-JAP 0 Collision 20  
DNS 28 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari Engine 21  
DNS 4 Argentina Alfredo Piàn Maserati Practice accident 18  

Drivers' Championship standings after the raceEdit

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Italy Giuseppe Farina 9
1uparrow green 11 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
1downarrow red 1 3 Italy Luigi Fagioli 6
1uparrow green 18 4 Italy Alberto Ascari 6
1uparrow green 8 5 Monaco Louis Chiron 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1950_Monaco_Grand_Prix
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/1950/monaco.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr002.html

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