1950 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
Reims-Karta 1926-1951.svg
Date 2 July 1950
Official name XXXVII GRAND PRIX DE L'A.C.F.
Location Reims
Course Reims-Gueux
7.815 km (4.856 mi)
Distance 64 laps, 500.160 km (310.785 mi)
Weather Hot and sunny
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 2:30.6
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 2:35.6 on lap 7[1]
Podium
First Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo
Third United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari

The 1950 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 2 July 1950 at Reims-Gueux. It was the sixth round of the 1950 World Drivers' Championship.


Report[edit]

A total of 22 cars entered the event, four of which did not start the race. Gianfranco Comotti did not attend the event, Eugène Chaboud did not start in his own car, instead sharing Philippe Étancelin's Talbot-Lago, and the two Scuderia Ferrari entries of Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari withdrew in practice.

Fangio put in a stunning display with a 116 mph practice lap. With Ferrari not starting their 3-litre cars, the main opposition was to come from the Talbots, complete with dual ignition engines with 12 spark plugs. But they suffered from radiator problems and overheated to allow Fangio and Fagioli to lead home another Alfa demonstration run, whilst Farina succumbed to fuel pump trouble. Peter Whitehead took a deserved podium with 3rd place despite a fractured head gasket in the last two laps.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
4 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
6 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
8 Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 275 Ferrari 275 F1 3.3 V12s P
10 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 275 Ferrari 275 F1 3.3 V12s P
12 France Raymond Sommer Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-GS Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
14 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
16 France Philippe Étancelin1 Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 France Eugène Chaboud Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26 France Charles Pozzi2 Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
28 Italy Franco Rol Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
30 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
34 United Kingdom David Hampshire3 Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
36 Argentina José Froilán González Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
38 Italy Franco Comotti Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
40 Italy Felice Bonetto Scuderia Milano Maserati-Milano Maserati 4CLT-50 Milano 1.5 L4s P
42 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
44 France Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
Sources: [2][3]
^1 — Philippe Étancelin qualified and drove 26 laps of the race in the #16 Talbot-Lago. Eugène Chaboud, who did not start the race despite qualifying in his own car, took over Étancelin's vehicle for 33 laps of the race.[4]
^2 — Charles Pozzi qualified and drove 14 laps of the race in the #26 Talbot-Lago. Louis Rosier, whose own car had already retired, took over #26 for 42 laps of the race.[4]
^3 — David Hampshire qualified the #34 Maserati and drove it in the race until he was forced to retire. David Murray, named substitute driver for the car, was not used during the Grand Prix.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 6 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 2:30.6
2 2 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 2:32.5 + 1.9
3 4 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 2:34.7 + 4.1
4 16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:39.0 + 8.4
5 18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:42.7 + 12.1
6 20 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:46.0 + 15.4
7 28 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 2:46.7 + 16.1
8 36 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 2:48.0 + 17.4
9 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:49.0 + 18.4
10 24 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time
11 40 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati-Milano No time
12 32 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Maserati No time
13 44 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini No time
14 30 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati No time
15 42 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time
16 26 France Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time
17 12 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time
18 34 United Kingdom David Hampshire Maserati No time
19 14 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari No time
WD 8 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari
WD 10 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
DNA 14 Italy Gianfranco Comotti Maserati

Starting grid positions[edit]

1st Row 3 Pos. 2 Pos. 1 Pos.
Italy
Fagioli
Alfa Romeo
2:34.7
Italy
Farina
Alfa Romeo
2:32.5
Argentina
Fangio
Alfa Romeo
2:30.6
2nd Row 5 Pos. 4 Pos.
France
Cabantous
Talbot-Lago
2:42.7
France
Étancelin
Talbot-Lago
2:39.0
3rd Row 8 Pos. 7 Pos. 6 Pos.
Argentina
González
Maserati
2:48.0
Italy
Rol
Maserati
2:46.7
France
Rosier
Talbot-Lago
2:46.0
4th Row 10 Pos. 9 Pos.
( France )
(Chaboud)
(Talbot-Lago)
(No time)
France
Levegh
Talbot-Lago
2:49.0
5th Row 13 Pos. 12 Pos. 11 Pos.
France
Manzon
Simca-Gordini
No time
United Kingdom
Parnell
Maserati
No time
Italy
Bonetto
Maserati
No time
6th Row 15 Pos. 14 Pos.
Belgium
Claes
Talbot-Lago
No time
Monaco
Chiron
Maserati
No time
7th Row 18 Pos. 17 Pos. 16 Pos.
United Kingdom
Hampshire
Maserati
No time
France
Sommer
Talbot-Lago
No time
France
Pozzi
Talbot-Lago
No time
8th Row 19 Pos.
United Kingdom
Whitehead
Ferrari
No Time

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 64 2:57:52.8 1 9
2 4 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 64 + 25.7 3 6
3 14 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 61 + 3 Laps 18 4
4 44 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 61 + 3 Laps 12 3
5 16 France Philippe Étancelin
France Eugène Chaboud
Talbot-Lago-Talbot 59 + 5 Laps 4 1
1
6 26 France Charles Pozzi
France Louis Rosier
Talbot-Lago-Talbot 56 + 8 Laps 15  
7 2 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 55 Fuel Pump 2  
8 18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 52 + 12 Laps 5  
Ret 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 36 Engine 9  
Ret 40 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati-Milano 14 Engine 10  
Ret 42 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 11 Overheating 14  
Ret 20 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 10 Overheating 6  
Ret 32 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Maserati 9 Engine 11  
Ret 28 Italy Franco Rol Maserati 6 Engine 7  
Ret 30 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati 6 Engine 13  
Ret 34 United Kingdom David Hampshire Maserati 5 Engine 17  
Ret 12 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4 Overheating 16  
Ret 36 Argentina José Froilán González Maserati 3 Engine 8  
DNS 24 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot Practice only  

Notes[edit]

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1uparrow green.svg 2 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 26
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 2 Italy Luigi Fagioli 24
1downarrow red.svg 2 3 Italy Nino Farina 22
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 4 France Louis Rosier 10
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 5 United States Johnnie Parsons 9
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manipe F1". Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "1950 French Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "1950 ACF GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "French Grand Prix 1950 - Results". ESPN F1. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "France 1950 - Race entrants". statsf1.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 


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