1950 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
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Date 3 September 1950
Official name XXI GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
6.300 km (3.915 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 504.000 km (313.171 mi)
Weather Warm, hot and sunny
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio[1] 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 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Dorino Serafini
Italy Alberto Ascari
Ferrari
Third Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo

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


Background[edit]

After Juan Manuel Fangio's win at the French Grand Prix, Fangio had obtained 26 points, two ahead of team mate Luigi Fagioli and four ahead of another team mate, 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.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
4 Italy Franco Rol Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
6 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
8 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
10 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
12 France Raymond Sommer Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
14 Italy Giovanni Bracco1 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
16 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
18 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 159 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
20 Italy Luigi de Filippis1 De Filippis Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
22 Italy Clemente Biondetti Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar Ferrari 166T Jaguar XK 3.4 L6  ?
24 France Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26 United Kingdom Reg Parnell1 Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
28 West Germany Paul Pietsch Paul Pietsch Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
30 Thailand Prince Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison Cuth Harrison ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D
34 Italy Luigi Platé1 Enrico Platé Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago 700 Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
38 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
40 France Guy Mairesse Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
42 France Maurice Trintignant Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
44 France Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
46 Italy Consalvo Sanesi Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
48 Italy Dorino Serafini2 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12 P
50 United Kingdom David Murray Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CL Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D
52 Italy Felice Bonetto Scuderia Milano Milano-Speluzzi Milano 1 Speluzzi 1.5 L4s P
56 France Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
58 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
60 Italy Piero Taruffi3 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
62 Italy Franco Comotti Scuderia Milano Maserati-Milano Maserati 4CLT-50 Milano 1.5 L4s P
64 France Henri Louveau Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-GS Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
66 Italy Franco Bordoni1 Enrico Platé Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago 700 Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
Sources:[4][5]
^1 — Giovanni Bracco, Luigi de Filippis, Reg Parnell, Luigi Platé and Franco Bordoni all withdrew from the event prior to practice.[6]
^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.[7]
^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.[7]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Report[edit]

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 team-mate 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.

Classification[edit]

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

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1uparrow green.svg 2 1 Italy Nino Farina 30
1downarrow red.svg 1 2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 27
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Italy Luigi Fagioli 24
Nuvola single chevron right.svg 4 France Louis Rosier 13
1uparrow green.svg 1 5 Italy Alberto Ascari 11
  • 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.

References[edit]

  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". Retrieved 6 July 2005. 
  4. ^ "1950 Italian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "1950 Italian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Italy 1950 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Italian Grand Prix 1950 - Results". ESPN F1. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-05.  Further information taken from "Silhouet". Retrieved 16 April 2013. 


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