1950 Monaco Grand Prix

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Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333

Monaco  1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
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Date 21 May 1950
Official name XI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
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[1]
Fastest lap
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 1:51.0[2]
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.

Report[edit]

After two qualifying sessions, on Thursday and Saturday, which Charles Pozzi, Yves Giraud-Cabantous, Pierre Levegh and Clemente Biondetti did not start, the race was dominated from start to finish by Juan Manuel Fangio, who scored his first ever victory in a World Championship event, driving an Alfa Romeo. The starting grid consisted of alternating rows of three and two, starting with three on the front row and continuing up to two on the 8th row. The first two rows of the grid (positions 1 to 5) were made up of the fastest five drivers from the Thursday qualifying session, with the remaining positions based on the other 16 drivers' times in the second session on the Saturday. This format meant that Luigi Villoresi started 6th, despite his time being fast enough for 2nd place on the grid.

Thanks to an accident in practice, Alfredo Piàn did not start the race, with Peter Whitehead another non-starter. The race was marred by a large pile-up during the first lap, when a wave from the harbour flooded the track at Tabac Corner. Nino Farina in 2nd, spun and crashed while Fangio managed to escape the chaos. Those who were behind them tried to stop or avoid the carnage, but eight more drivers (from a field of 19 drivers) crashed and retired. None of them was injured, but José Froilán González, who damaged his Maserati in the pile-up but was subsequently running second, crashed during the second lap. His car caught fire and he suffered burns. The race went on with many cars going off at Tabac Corner, nearly causing other accidents. Ferrari driver Luigi Villoresi charged his way from the back of the field after being delayed by the pile-up, but did not finish.

Harry Schell's Cooper was the first rear-engined car to start in a championship race.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Argentina José Froilán González Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
4 Argentina Alfredo Piàn Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
6 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
8 United States Harry Schell Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper Cooper T12 JAP 1.1 V2 D
10 France Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
12 France Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
14 France Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16 France Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 France Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison Cuth Harrison ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D
26 United Kingdom Bob Gerard Bob Gerard ERA ERA A ERA 1.5 L6s D
28 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
32 Italy Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
34 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
40 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
42 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
44 Italy Franco Rol Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
46 Italy Clemente Biondetti Scuderia Milano Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
48 Monaco Louis Chiron Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
50 Thailand Prince Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
52 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
54 France André Simon1 Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
Sources: [3][4]
^1 — Entry cancelled prior to event.[5]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

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

Race[edit]

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  

Notes[edit]

Drivers:

  • First Formula 1 win in history for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First Pole for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First fastest lap for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First Formula 1 podium finish for Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Louis Chiron
  • First Formula 1 points for Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Louis Chiron, Raymond Sommer and Prince Bira

Teams:

  • First race in Formula 1 for Scuderia Ferrari, Simca Gordini and Cooper
  • First podium finish for Scuderia Ferrari and Maserati
  • First points for Scuderia Ferrari
  • First Grand Chelem in Formula One history (pole, fastest lap, win and lead every lap).
  • First Formula 1 Race for Alberto Ascari, Raymond Sommer, Luigi Villoresi, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Robert Manzon, Maurice Trintignant, Franco Rol, Herry Schell, Peter Whitehead and Alfredo Pian

Circuit:

  • First Formula 1 Race in Monaco

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 15. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 
  2. ^ Lang, Mike (1981). Grand Prix! Vol 1. Haynes Publishing Group. p. 16. ISBN 0-85429-276-4. 
  3. ^ "1950 Monaco Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "1950 Monaco GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Monaco 1950 - Result". statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 

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


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