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The 1950 Belgian Grand Prix, formally titled the Grand Prix Automobile de Belgique,[2] was a Formula One motor race held on 18 June 1950 at Spa-Francorchamps. It was race five of seven in the 1950 World Championship of Drivers. The 35-lap race was won by Alfa Romeo driver Juan Manuel Fangio after he started from second position. His teammate Luigi Fagioli finished second and Talbot-Lago driver Louis Rosier came in third.

1950 Belgian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 18 June 1950
Official name Grand Prix Automobile de Belgique
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing circuit
Course length 14.120 km (8.825 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 494.2 km (308.875 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 4:37.0
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 4:34.1 on lap 18[1]
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Talbot-Lago-Talbot

Contents

ReportEdit

By the time of the Belgian Grand Prix, the pace of the season was beginning to tell, with only 14 cars arriving at the Spa circuit. These included the dominant Alfa Romeos of Nino Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli. Scuderia Ferrari was down to two 125s for Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari, although Ascari had a new V12 engine to try out. The factory Talbot-Lago team had three cars for Louis Rosier, Yves Giraud-Cabantous and Philippe Étancelin (standing in for the injured Eugène Martin). The rest of the field was made up of Talbot-Lagos (notably one for Raymond Sommer), a single Alta and one Maserati for Toni Branca. This race was the final entry for Geoffrey Crossley, the sport's high costs forcing him, like many privateers, to retire after just a handful of races.

Farina and Fangio were fastest as usual in qualifying with Fagioli unable to match them. Sommer split the Ferraris in his old Talbot-Lago. The race would be a similar story. The Alfas went off on their own and Sommer battled with the two Ferraris. When the Alfa stopped for fuel, Sommer found himself in the unlikely position of being race leader. Unfortunately his engine blew up. Ascari took the lead but he had to stop for fuel and that meant that the Alfas went ahead again with Fangio leading Farina and Fagioli. Farina suffered transmission trouble in the closing laps and dropped to fourth behind the best of the surviving Talbot-Lagos being driven by Rosier. Ascari finished fifth.

EntriesEdit

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 4:37
2 10   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 4:37 + 0
3 12   Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 4:41 + 4
4 2   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 4:47 + 10
5 6   Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:47 + 10
6 16   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:49 + 12
7 4   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4:52 + 15
8 14   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:53 + 16
9 18   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:56 + 19
10 22   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:01 + 24
11 20   Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:13 + 36
12 26   Geoffrey Crossley Alta 5:44 + 1:07
13 30   Toni Branca Maserati 5:45 + 1:08
14 24   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time
Source: [5]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 35 2:47:26 2 8
2 12   Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 35 + 14 3 6
3 14   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 35 + 2:19 8 4
4 8   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 35 + 4:05 1 41
5 4   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 34 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 2   Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 33 + 2 Laps 4  
7 22   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 2 Laps 10  
8 24   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 32 + 3 Laps 14  
9 26   Geoffrey Crossley Alta 30 + 5 Laps 12  
10 30   Toni Branca Maserati 29 + 6 Laps 11  
Ret 20   Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 22 Oil Pipe 13  
Ret 6   Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 20 Oil Pressure 5  
Ret 16   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 15 Overheating 6  
Ret 18   Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2 Oil Pipe 9  
Source:[6]
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  1   Nino Farina 22
  2   Luigi Fagioli 18
  3   Juan Manuel Fangio 17
  2 4   Louis Rosier 10
  1 5   Johnnie Parsons 9
Source: [7]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Belgium 1950 - Best Laps • STATS F1". STATS F1. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. ^ Grand Prix Automobile de Belgique. Royal Automobile Club of Belgium. 1950. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ "1950 Belgian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "1950 Belgian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Belgium 1950 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ "1950 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Belgium 1950 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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