1950 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 5 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
Spa 1950.jpg
Date 18 June 1950
Official name XII Grote Prijs Van Belgie
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing circuit
Course length 14.120 km (8.825 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 494.2 km (308.875 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 4:37.0
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 4:34.1 on lap 18[1]
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Talbot-Lago-Talbot

The 1950 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 18 June 1950 at Spa-Francorchamps. It was the fifth round of the 1950 World Drivers' Championship.

Report[edit]

By the time of the Belgian Grand Prix, the pace of the season was beginning to tell, with only 14 cars arriving at the Spa circuit. These included the dominant Alfa Romeos of Nino Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli. Ferrari was down to two 125s for Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari, although Ascari had a new V12 engine to try out. The factory Talbot-Lago team had three cars for Louis Rosier, Yves Giraud-Cabantous and Philippe Étancelin (standing in for the injured Eugène Martin). The rest of the field was made up of Talbot-Lagos (notably one for Raymond Sommer), a single Alta and one Maserati for Toni Branca. This race was the final entry for Geoffrey Crossley, the sport's high costs forcing him, like many privateers, to retire after just a handful of races.

Farina and Fangio were fastest as usual in qualifying with Fagioli unable to match them. Sommer split the Ferraris in his old Talbot-Lago. The race would be a similar story. The Alfas went off on their own and Sommer battled with the two Ferraris. When the Alfa stopped for fuel, Sommer found himself in the unlikely position of being race leader. Unfortunately his engine blew up. Ascari took the lead but he had to stop for fuel and that meant that the Alfas went ahead again with Fangio leading Farina and Fagioli. Farina suffered transmission trouble in the closing laps and dropped to fourth behind the best of the surviving Talbot-Lagos being driven by Rosier. Ascari finished fifth.

Entries[edit]

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 275 Ferrari 125 F1 3.3 V12 P
6 France Raymond Sommer Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
8 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
14 France Louis Rosier Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 France Eugène Chaboud Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
26 United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Geoffrey Crossley Alta Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D
30 Switzerland Toni Branca Antonio Branca Maserati Maserati 4CL Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P
Sources:[2][3]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 8 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 4:37
2 10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 4:37 + 0
3 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 4:41 + 4
4 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 4:47 + 10
5 6 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:47 + 10
6 16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:49 + 12
7 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4:52 + 15
8 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:53 + 16
9 18 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:56 + 19
10 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:01 + 24
11 20 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:13 + 36
12 26 United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Alta 5:44 + 1:07
13 30 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 5:45 + 1:08
14 24 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 35 2:47:26 2 8
2 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 35 + 14 3 6
3 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 35 + 2:19 8 4
4 8 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 35 + 4:05 1 4
5 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 34 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 33 + 2 Laps 4  
7 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 2 Laps 10  
8 24 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 32 + 3 Laps 14  
9 26 United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Alta 30 + 5 Laps 12  
10 30 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 29 + 6 Laps 11  
Ret 20 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 22 Oil Pipe 13  
Ret 6 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 20 Oil Pressure 5  
Ret 16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 15 Overheating 6  
Ret 18 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2 Oil Pipe 9  

Drivers' Championship standings after the race[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Italy Nino Farina 22
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Luigi Fagioli 18
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 17
1uparrow green.svg 2 4 France Louis Rosier 10
1downarrow red.svg 1 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. ^ "Belgium 1950 - Best Laps • STATS F1". STATS F1. Archived from the original on 2013-07-11. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "1950 Belgian Grand Prix - Race Entries". manipef1.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "1950 Belgian GP - Entry List". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Archived from the original on 14 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 


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