1950 Swiss Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Circuit Bremgarten track layout
Date 4 June 1950
Official name X Großer Preis der Schweiz
Location Bremgarten, Bern, Switzerland
Course Motorcycle track
7.28 km (4.524 mi)
Distance 42 laps, 305.760 km (190.008 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Time 2:42.1
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 2:41.6 on lap 8[1]
Podium
First Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo
Third France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot

The 1950 Swiss Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 4 June 1950 at Bremgarten. It was the fourth round of the 1950 World Drivers' Championship.

Report[edit]

The fourth round of the Championship took place just three weeks after the series began at Silverstone (with Monaco and Indianapolis having taken place on consecutive weekends). Once again the event proved to be a battle between the Alfa Romeo factory 158s of Giuseppe Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli and the Scuderia Ferraris of Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi (who had the latest model with de Dion rear suspension, twin overhead camshaft engine and 4-speed gearbox), Raymond Sommer and Peter Whitehead. There were a number of uncompetitive Talbot-Lagos and Maseratis as usual. José Froilán González was out of action as a result of burns he had received after the first lap accident at Monaco Grand Prix. Also out of action as a result of the crash was Maserati factory driver Franco Rol. This was the last race to be entered by pre-war racer Eugène Martin. It was also the first and only World Championship Grand Prix for Nello Pagani, better known for his exploits in Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

In qualifying Fangio and Farina were well clear of Fagioli with Villoresi and Ascari sharing the second row of the 3-2-3 grid. Peter Whitehead, Franco Rol, Reg Parnell and Rudi Fischer failed to qualify. In the race, on the first lap Ascari managed to get among the Alfa Romeos but he quickly slipped back and it was left to the Alfas to battle. Fangio led early on but then Farina went ahead through a faster refuelling stop. Fagioli was unable to keep up and after both Villoresi and Ascari retired it was left to Prince Bira to run fourth. He had to refuel and so Philippe Étancelin in a Talbot-Lago was able to move into fourth place. Shortly afterwards, factory Talbot-Lago driver Eugène Martin crashed heavily and was seriously hurt when he was thrown from the car. Étancelin later went out with gearbox trouble and so Talbot-Lago factory driver Louis Rosier moved into fourth. He was promoted to third when Fangio retired on lap 33 with an electrical problem. Farina became the first driver to win multiples Grands Prix, after winning the inaugural World Championship Grand Prix.


Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Nello Pagani Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
4 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
6 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
8 France Eugène Martin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
10 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
14 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
16 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
18 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
20 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari Ferrari 166F2-50 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
22 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
24 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
26 Monaco Louis Chiron Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
28 Italy Franco Rol Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
30 Thailand Prince Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
32 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
34 Italy Felice Bonetto Scuderia Milano Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
36 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
38 Switzerland Rudi Fischer Ecurie Espadon SVA-Fiat SVA 1500 Fiat L4s P
40 Switzerland Toni Branca Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati Maserati 4CL Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
42 France Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
44 United States Harry Schell Ecurie Bleue Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
Sources: [2][3]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 14 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 2:42.1
2 16 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 2:42.8 + 0.7
3 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 2:45.2 + 3.1
4 22 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 2:46.1 + 4.0
5 18 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 2:46.8 + 4.7
6 42 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:51.1 + 9.0
7 6 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:52.7 + 10.6
8 30 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 2:53.2 + 11.1
9 8 France Eugène Martin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:53.7 + 11.6
10 10 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:54.0 + 11.9
11 32 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:54.2 + 12.1
12 34 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 2:54.6 + 12.5
13 20 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari 2:54.6 + 12.5
14 4 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:59.0 + 16.9
15 2 Italy Nello Pagani Maserati 3:06.8 + 24.7
16 26 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati 3:06.8 + 24.7
17 40 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 3:10.0 + 27.9
18 44 United States Harry Schell Talbot-Lago-Talbot 3:11.5 + 29.4
DNA 24 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari
DNA 28 Italy Franco Rol Maserati
DNA 36 United Kingdom Reg Parnell Maserati
DNA 38 Switzerland Rudi Fischer SVA-Fiat

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 42 2:02:53.7 2 9
2 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 42 + 0.4 3 6
3 10 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 41 + 1 Lap 10 4
4 30 Thailand Prince Bira Maserati 40 + 2 Laps 8 3
5 34 Italy Felice Bonetto Maserati 40 + 2 Laps 12 2
6 32 Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 40 + 2 Laps 11  
7 2 Italy Nello Pagani Maserati 39 + 3 Laps 15  
8 44 United States Harry Schell Talbot-Lago-Talbot 39 + 3 Laps 18  
9 26 Monaco Louis Chiron Maserati 39 + 3 Laps 16  
10 4 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 38 + 4 Laps 14  
11 40 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 35 + 7 Laps 17  
Ret 14 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 32 Engine 1  
Ret 42 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 25 Gearbox 6  
Ret 8 France Eugène Martin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 19 Accident 9  
Ret 20 France Raymond Sommer Ferrari 19 Suspension 13  
Ret 22 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 9 Engine 4  
Ret 18 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4 Oil Pump 5  
Ret 6 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Accident 7  

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Nino Farina 18
1uparrow green.svg 2 2 Italy Luigi Fagioli 12
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 United States Johnnie Parsons 9
1rightarrow blue.svg 5 Italy Alberto Ascari 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Switzerland 1950 - Best Laps • STATS F1". STATS F1. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "1950 Swiss Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "1950 Swiss GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 15 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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