1950 Monaco Grand Prix
|1950 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Date||21 May 1950|
|Official name||Prix de Monte-Carlo et XIe Grand Prix Automobile|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco|
|Course length||3.181 km (1.977 mi)|
|Distance||100 laps, 318.1 km (197.7 mi)|
|Driver||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo|
The 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, formally titled the Prix de Monte-Carlo et XIe Grand Prix Automobile, was a Formula One motor race held on 21 May 1950 at Monaco. It was race two of seven in the 1950 World Championship of Drivers. The 100-lap race was held at an overall distance of 318.1 km (197.1 mi) and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio for the Alfa Romeo team after starting from pole position. Alberto Ascari finished second for Ferrari and Louis Chiron finished third for Maserati.
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. Chiron's podium made him the only Monegasque driver to score points in Formula One until Charles Leclerc finished 6th in the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix some 68 years later.
Positions 1-5 determined by Thursday practice. The rest of the field was set on Saturday.
|1||34||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||100||3:13:18.7||1||91|
|2||40||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||99||+ 1 Lap||7||6|
|3||48||Louis Chiron||Maserati||98||+ 2 Laps||8||4|
|4||42||Raymond Sommer||Ferrari||97||+ 3 Laps||9||3|
|5||50||Prince Bira||Maserati||95||+ 5 Laps||15||2|
|6||26||Bob Gerard||ERA||94||+ 6 Laps||16|
|7||6||Johnny Claes||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||94||+ 6 Laps||19|
|Ret||38||Luigi Villoresi||Ferrari||63||Rear Axle||6|
|Ret||14||Philippe Étancelin||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||38||Oil leak||4|
|Ret||2||José Froilán González||Maserati||1||Accident||3|
|Ret||32||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||2|
|Ret||36||Luigi Fagioli||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||5|
|Ret||52||Toulo de Graffenried||Maserati||0||Accident||12|
|DNS||4||Alfredo Piàn||Maserati||Practice accident||18|
- ^1 – Includes 1 point for fastest lap
Championship standings after the race
- Drivers' Championship standings
|11||2||Juan Manuel Fangio||9|
- Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.
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