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The 1950 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 3 September 1950 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. It was race 7 of 7 in the 1950 World Championship of Drivers. In this race, Nino Farina became the first World Drivers' Champion, and the only driver to win the title in his home country.

1950 Italian Grand Prix
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Race details
Date 3 September 1950
Official name XXI GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.300 km (3.915 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 504.000 km (313.171 mi)
Weather Warm, hot and sunny
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 1:58.6
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio[2] Alfa Romeo
Time 2:00.0 on lap 7[3]
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Ferrari
Third Alfa Romeo

BackgroundEdit

After Juan Manuel Fangio's win at the French Grand Prix, Fangio had obtained 26 points, two ahead of teammate Luigi Fagioli and four ahead of another teammate, Giuseppe Farina. Having already finished four times in the points (all second places), Fagioli would only be able to drop six points or not gain at all, while Fangio and Farina had only finished three times. All three of Fangio's finishes were wins.

To win the championship,

  • For Fangio:
    • Win or come 2nd to guarantee the title.
    • Come 3rd, 4th or 5th with Farina 2nd or lower.
    • With the fastest lap only, Farina 3rd or lower.
    • Scoring no points, Farina would have to finish 3rd or lower without the fastest lap, 4th with; and Fagioli not to win with the fastest lap.
  • For Fagioli:
    • Win the race with the fastest lap, with Farina 3rd or lower, and Fangio not to score any points.
  • For Farina:
    • Win with the fastest lap, and Fangio 3rd or lower.
    • 3rd with fastest lap, and Fangio not to score.

EntriesEdit

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2   Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
4   Franco Rol Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
6   Louis Chiron Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
8   Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
10   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P
12   Raymond Sommer Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
14   Giovanni Bracco1 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
16   Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
18   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P
20   Luigi de Filippis1 De Filippis Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
22   Clemente Biondetti Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar Ferrari 166S Jaguar XK 3.4 L6 P
24   Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26   Reg Parnell1 Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D
28   Paul Pietsch Paul Pietsch Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
30   Prince Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
32   Cuth Harrison Cuth Harrison ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D
34   Luigi Platé1 Enrico Platé Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago 700 Talbot 700 1.5 L8s D
36   Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P
38   Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P
40   Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
42   Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
44   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
46   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P
48   Dorino Serafini2 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
50   David Murray Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D
52   Felice Bonetto Scuderia Milano Milano-Speluzzi Milano 1 Speluzzi 1.5 L4s P
56   Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
58   Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
60   Piero Taruffi3 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P
62   Franco Comotti Scuderia Milano Maserati-Milano Maserati 4CLT/50 Milano 1.5 L4s P
64   Henri Louveau Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-GS Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
66   Franco Bordoni1 Enrico Platé Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago 700 Talbot 700 1.5 L8s D
Sources:[4][5][6]
^1 — Giovanni Bracco, Luigi de Filippis, Reg Parnell, Luigi Platé and Franco Bordoni all withdrew from the event prior to practice.[7]
^2 — Dorino Serafini qualified and drove 47 laps of the race in the #48 Ferrari. Alberto Ascari, whose own vehicle had already retired, took over Serafini's car for the remaining 33 laps of the race.[8]
^3 — Piero Taruffi qualified and drove 25 laps of the race in the #60 Alfa Romeo. Juan Manuel Fangio, whose own Alfa had already retired, took over Taruffi's car for a further 9 laps before again being forced to retire.[8]

Race reportEdit

Ferrari pulled out all the stops to impress at their home circuit, producing a new unsupercharged 4½ litre engine to try to end the Alfa Romeo monopoly. Alberto Ascari used it to achieve second place on the grid to Juan Manuel Fangio's Alfa Romeo 158 and then in the race behind the fast starting Nino Farina (Alfa Romeo 158) before briefly leading. Sadly, the pace was too punishing for the new car and a porous block broke on lap 20 and the battle returned as usual to the Alfas. Fangio retired twice; once in his own Alfa Romeo 158 and a second time after taking over Piero Taruffi's. Farina led to the finish from Ascari who was now in teammate Dorino Serafini's Ferrari 375 with Luigi Fagioli finishing third in his Alfa Romeo 158. Louis Rosier finish fourth in his Talbot-Lago T26C with Philippe Étancelin fifth in his Lago-Talbot. Étancelin would become the oldest driver to ever score a world championship point with that finish. Only seven cars finished out of the 26 starters and with Farina's win and Fangio's failure to score and Fagioli's third place points removed as his worst scoring finish, Farina became the first recipient of the World Driver's Championship crown.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:58.6  –
2 16   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:58.8 + 0.2
3 10   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 2:00.2 + 1.6
4 46   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 2:00.4 + 1.8
5 36   Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 2:04.0 + 5.4
6 48   Dorino Serafini Ferrari 2:05.6 + 7.0
7 60   Piero Taruffi Alfa Romeo 2:05.8 + 7.2
8 12   Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:08.6 + 10.0
9 4   Franco Rol Maserati 2:10.0 + 11.4
10 44   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:12.4 + 13.8
11 40   Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:13.2 + 14.6
12 42   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:13.4 + 14.8
13 58   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:13.4 + 14.8
14 64   Henri Louveau Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:13.8 + 15.2
15 30   Prince Bira Maserati 2:14.0 + 15.4
16 24   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:14.4 + 15.8
17 38   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:14.4 + 15.8
18 8   Peter Whitehead Ferrari 2:16.2 + 17.6
19 6   Louis Chiron Maserati 2:17.2 + 18.6
20 56   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:17.2 + 18.6
21 32   Cuth Harrison ERA 2:18.4 + 19.8
22 2   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:18.6 + 20.0
23 52   Felice Bonetto Milano-Speluzzi 2:19.8 + 21.2
24 50   David Murray Maserati 2:22.0 + 23.4
25 22   Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar 2:30.6 + 32.0
26 62   Franco Comotti Maserati-Milano 2:33.6 + 35.0
27 28   Paul Pietsch Maserati 3:00.2 + 61.9
DNA 14   Giovanni Bracco Ferrari  –  –
DNA 26   Reg Parnell Maserati  –  –
DNA 34   Luigi Platé Talbot  –  –
Source:[9][10]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10   Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 80 2:51:17.4 3 8
2 48   Dorino Serafini
  Alberto Ascari
Ferrari 80 + 1:18.6 6 3
3
3 36   Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 80 + 1:35.6 5 4
4 58   Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 75 + 5 Laps 13 3
5 24   Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 75 + 5 Laps 16 2
6 38   Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 72 + 8 Laps 17  
7 8   Peter Whitehead Ferrari 72 + 8 Laps 18  
Ret 50   David Murray Maserati 56 Gearbox 24  
Ret 32   Cuth Harrison ERA 51 Radiator 21  
Ret 12   Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 48 Gearbox 8  
Ret 40   Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago-Talbot 42 Oil Pipe 11  
Ret 4   Franco Rol Maserati 39 Retirement 9  
Ret 60   Piero Taruffi
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Alfa Romeo 34 Engine 7  
Ret 56   Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 29 Gearbox 20  
Ret 18   Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 23 Gearbox 1 11
Ret 2   Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 22 Overheating 22  
Ret 16   Alberto Ascari Ferrari 21 Engine 2  
Ret 22   Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar 17 Engine 25  
Ret 64   Henri Louveau Talbot-Lago-Talbot 16 Brakes 14  
Ret 62   Franco Comotti Maserati-Milano 15 Retirement 26  
Ret 42   Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 13 Water Pipe 12  
Ret 6   Louis Chiron Maserati 13 Oil Pressure 19  
Ret 46   Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo 11 Engine 4  
Ret 44   Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 7 Transmission 10  
Ret 30   Prince Bira Maserati 1 Engine 15  
Ret 28   Paul Pietsch Maserati 0 Engine 27  
DNS 52   Felice Bonetto Milano-Speluzzi 0 Non Starter 23  
Source:[11]
Notes
  • ^1 – 1 point for fastest lap

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
  2 1   Nino Farina 30
  1 2   Juan Manuel Fangio 27
  1 3   Luigi Fagioli 24 (28)
  4   Louis Rosier 13
  1 5   Alberto Ascari 11
Source: [12]
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 0-85429-276-4.
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 23. ISBN 0-85429-276-4.
  3. ^ "Manipe F1". Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "1950 Italian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "1950 Italian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Italy 1950 - Race entrants". statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Italy 1950 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Italian Grand Prix 1950 - Results". ESPN F1. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ "XX Gran Premio d'Italia". silhouet.com. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Italy 1950 - Qualifying". statsf1.com. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "1950 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Italy 1950 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 1 March 2019.


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