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1950 Formula One season

Italian Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the World Championship of Drivers, driving for the dominant Alfa Romeo team

The 1950 Formula One season included the inaugural FIA World Championship of Drivers which was contested over a seven race series[1] which commenced on 13 May and ended on 3 September. The championship consisted of six Grand Prix races, held in Europe and open to Formula One cars, plus the Indianapolis 500, which was run to AAA National Championship regulations. Giuseppe Farina won the championship from Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli.[1]

Numerous other Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers, were also held during the year.


  • Championship summary 1
    • British Grand Prix 1.1
    • Monaco Grand Prix 1.2
    • Indianapolis 500 1.3
    • Swiss Grand Prix 1.4
    • Belgian Grand Prix 1.5
    • French Grand Prix 1.6
    • Italian Grand Prix 1.7
  • Championship review 2
    • Grands Prix 2.1
  • Teams and drivers 3
  • 1950 World Championship of Drivers – final standings 4
  • Non-Championship race results 5
  • References 6

Championship summary

The inaugural World Championship of Drivers saw Alfa Romeo dominate with their supercharged 158, a well-developed pre-war design, which won all six European Grands Prix. All of the Formula One regulated races in this year were run in Europe- the Indianapolis 500 (which unlike all the other road courses, was run on an oval) was not run to FIA Grand Prix regulations and none of the regular drivers who competed in Europe competed in the 500. Alfa Romeo drivers consequently dominated the championship with Giuseppe Farina edging out Juan Manuel Fangio by virtue of his fourth place in Belgium. Although the Indianapolis 500, which ran to different regulations, was included in the World Championship each year from 1950 to 1960, it attracted very little European participation and, conversely, very few American Indianapolis drivers entered any Grands Prix.

Championship points were awarded to the top five finishers in each race on an 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 basis. 1 point was awarded for the fastest lap of each race. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of how many laps each driver completed during the race. Only the best four results from the seven races could be retained by each driver for World Championship classification.

British Grand Prix

The Alfa Romeo team dominated the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, locking out the four-car front row of the grid. Giuseppe Farina won the race from pole position, also setting the fastest lap. The podium was completed by his teammates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell, while the remaining Alfa driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, was forced to retire after experiencing problems with his engine. The final points scorers were the works Talbot-Lagos of Yves Giraud-Cabantous and Louis Rosier, both two laps behind the leaders.[2]

Monaco Grand Prix

Scuderia Ferrari made their World Championship debut around the streets of Monaco. Their leading drivers, Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari had to settle for the third row of the grid, however, while the Alfa Romeos of Fangio and Farina again started from the front row, alongside the privateer Maserati of José Froilán González. Polesitter Fangio took a comfortable victory, also setting the race's fastest lap, a whole lap ahead of Ascari, with the third-placed Louis Chiron a further lap back in the works Maserati. A first-lap accident, caused by the damp track, had eliminated nine of the nineteen starters—including Farina and Fagioli—while González, who had incurred damage in the pile-up, retired on the following lap. Villoresi, although delayed by the accident, had made his way through the field to second place, but was forced to retire with an axle problem. Fangio's win brought him level with Farina in the points standings.[3]

Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500, the third round of the inaugural World Championship of Drivers, was won by the Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser of Johnnie Parsons, ahead of the Deidt-Offenhausers of Bill Holland and Mauri Rose. The race was stopped after 138 of the scheduled 200 laps due to rain.[4]

Swiss Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo's dominance continued when the World Championship returned to Europe for the Swiss Grand Prix at the tree-lined Bremgarten circuit just outside of Bern. Fangio, Farina and Fagioli locked out the front row of the grid for Alfa, while the Ferraris of Villoresi and Ascari started from the second row. Fangio was the initial leader, starting from pole position, but he was passed by Farina on lap seven. Ascari and Villoresi were both able to compete with the third Alfa of Fagioli in the early stages, although both had retired by the ten-lap mark. Farina took the win and the fastest lap, finishing just ahead of Fagioli, while Rosier, in third place as a result of Fangio's retirement, took Talbot-Lago's first podium. Farina's second win of the season put him six points clear of the consistent Fagioli, while Fangio was a further three points behind, having only scored points in one race (in Monaco, where he won).[5]

Belgian Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo took their third front row lockout of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix at the 8.7 mile (14.1 km) Spa-Francorchamps circuit, while the Ferrari of Villoresi shared the second row with the privateer Talbot-Lago of Raymond Sommer. The Alfas were once again untouchable at the start of the race, but when they stopped for fuel, Sommer emerged as an unlikely race leader. His lead, however, was short-lived and he was forced to retire when his engine blew up. Fangio ultimately took the victory, ahead of Fagioli, who again finished second. Rosier again made the podium in his Talbot-Lago. He had been able to pass the polesitter Farina when the Italian picked up transmission problems towards the end of the race. It was not all bad for Farina, however, as he picked up the point for fastest lap. Both Fagioli and Fangio closed the gap to Farina in the points standings—Fagioli was just four points adrift, while Fangio was a further point behind.[6]

French Grand Prix

At Reims-Gueux, Alfa Romeo were largely unchallenged at the French Grand Prix, due to the withdrawal of the works Ferraris of Ascari and Villoresi. The Alfas produced yet another lockout of the front row of the grid, with Fangio taking pole for the third time in six races. Farina, starting from second, led for the first quarter of the race before fuel problems put him to the back of the field. He fought his way back to third before he was forced to retire (he was ultimately classified seventh). Fangio picked up the fastest lap on his way to his second consecutive victory. Fagioli finished second for the fourth time out of five starts, while Peter Whitehead, in a privateer Ferrari, took a maiden podium in his first start of the season. Fangio took the championship lead as a result of his victory. Fagioli remained in second, while Farina dropped to third, four points behind his Argentinian teammate.[7]

Italian Grand Prix

The final round of the season was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, and all three of the regular Alfa Romeo drivers were in contention for the title. If Fangio finished first or second, he would win the title, regardless of what his teammates achieved. If Farina failed to score at least five points, he would be unable to take the title. Fagioli's only chance of becoming World Champion was if he won the race and set the fastest lap; even then he would need Farina to finish no higher than third, and Fangio would have to score no points at all.

Fangio again took pole position, but Alfa Romeo could not make it a fifth front row lockout of the season, as Ascari qualified second for Ferrari. Farina started from third, while Consalvo Sanesi completed the front row in an additional Alfa Romeo. Fagioli could only manage fifth on the grid, alongside the fifth Alfa of Piero Taruffi, the second Ferrari of Dorino Serafini, and Sommer in a Talbot-Lago. Farina took the lead early on, with Ascari and Fangio not far behind. Ascari briefly held the lead, but was forced to retire when his engine overheated. Two laps later, problems with his gearbox meant that Fangio also retired. Taruffi's car, which was now running in second, was taken over by Fangio, although the Argentinian was forced to retire for the second time in the race, this time with engine problems. Ascari took over Serafini's car and ultimately finished second behind Farina, whose victory clinched the title by taking him three points clear of Fangio. Fagioli finished third in the race, and ended up in the same position in the Drivers' Championship standings.[8]

Championship review

In this first World Championship of Drivers, 14 teams (4 works and 10 independent) participated, along with a number of privately entered cars, in the six European Grands Prix. Only US teams, constructors and drivers participated in the Indianapolis 500. The chassis, engine and car numbers varied from race to race.

Grands Prix

Rnd Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 British Grand Prix Silverstone 13 May Giuseppe Farina Giuseppe Farina Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo P Report
2 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 21 May Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P Report
3 Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis 30 May Walt Faulkner Johnnie Parsons Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser F Report
4 Swiss Grand Prix Bremgarten 4 June Juan Manuel Fangio Giuseppe Farina Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo P Report
5 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps 18 June Giuseppe Farina Giuseppe Farina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P Report
6 French Grand Prix Reims-Gueux 2 July Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo P Report
7 Italian Grand Prix Monza 3 September Juan Manuel Fangio Juan Manuel Fangio Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo P Report

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1950 FIA World Championship of Drivers.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158
Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–7
Giuseppe Farina 1–2, 4–7
Luigi Fagioli 1–2, 4–7
Reg Parnell 1
Consalvo Sanesi 7
Piero Taruffi 7
Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT-48
Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D David Murray 1, 7
David Hampshire 1, 6
Reg Parnell 6
T.A.S.O. Mathieson ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D Leslie Johnson 1
Peter Walker ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D Peter Walker 1
Tony Rolt 1
Joe Fry Maserati 4CL Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s D Joe Fry 1
Brian Shawe-Taylor 1
Cuth Harrison ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D Cuth Harrison 1–2, 7
Bob Gerard ERA B
ERA 1.5 L6s D Bob Gerard 1–2
Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago T26C-DA
Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1, 4–6
Louis Rosier 1, 4–6
Philippe Étancelin 1, 5
Eugène Martin 1, 4
Pierre Levegh 5–6
Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Johnny Claes 1–2, 4–7
Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P Louis Chiron 1–2, 4, 6–7
Franco Rol 2, 6–7
Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT-48
Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P Toulo de Graffenried 1–2, 4, 7
B. Bira 1–2, 4, 7
Joe Kelly Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Joe Kelly 1
Geoffrey Crossley Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Geoffrey Crossley 1, 5
Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT-48
Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P José Froilán González 2, 6
Alfredo Pián 2
Nello Pagani 4
Toni Branca 4
Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper-JAP T12 JAP 1.1 V2 D Harry Schell 2
Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E Robert Manzon 2, 6–7
Maurice Trintignant 2, 7
Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C
Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Philippe Étancelin 2, 4, 6–7
Eugène Chaboud 6
Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C
Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Louis Rosier 2, 7
Henri Louveau 7
Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
Peter Whitehead 2, 6–7
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s
Ferrari 166 F2 2.0 V12
Ferrari 3.3 V12
Ferrari 375 F1 4.5 V12
P Luigi Villoresi 2, 4–5
Alberto Ascari 2, 4–5, 7
Raymond Sommer 2, 4
Dorino Serafini 7
Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P Felice Bonetto 4
Milano-Speluzzi[9] 1[9] Speluzzi 1.5 L4s[9] 7
Maserati-Milano 4CLT-50 Milano 1.5 L4s 6
Franco Comotti 7
Ecurie Bleue Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Harry Schell 4
Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago T26C
Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Raymond Sommer 5–7
Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Eugène Chaboud 5
Antonio Branca Maserati 4CL Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P Toni Branca 5
Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Charles Pozzi 6
Louis Rosier 6
Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar 166T Jaguar XK 3.4 L6 ? Clemente Biondetti 7
Paul Pietsch Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s P Paul Pietsch 7
Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Guy Mairesse 7
Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Pierre Levegh 7

1950 World Championship of Drivers – final standings

Pos. Driver GBR
1 Giuseppe Farina 1 Ret 1 4 7 1 30
2 Juan Manuel Fangio Ret 1 Ret 1 1 Ret / Ret 27
3 Luigi Fagioli 2 Ret 2 2 2 (3) 24 (28)
4 Louis Rosier 5 Ret 3 3 6† 4 13
5 Alberto Ascari 2 Ret 5 DNS 2† 11
6 Johnnie Parsons 1 9
7 Bill Holland 2 6
8 Prince Bira Ret 5 4 Ret 5
9 Peter Whitehead DNS 3 7 4
= Louis Chiron Ret 3 9 Ret Ret 4
= Reg Parnell 3 Ret 4
= Mauri Rose 3 4
13 Dorino Serafini 2† 3
= Yves Giraud-Cabantous 4 Ret Ret 8 3
= Raymond Sommer 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
= Robert Manzon Ret 4 Ret 3
= Cecil Green 4 3
= Philippe Étancelin 8 Ret Ret Ret 5† 5 3
19 Felice Bonetto 5 Ret DNS 2
20 Eugène Chaboud Ret 5† 1
= Joie Chitwood 5† 1
= Tony Bettenhausen 5† 1
Toulo de Graffenried Ret Ret 6 6 0
Bob Gerard 6 6 0
Luigi Villoresi Ret Ret 6 DNS 0
Lee Wallard 6 0
Charles Pozzi 6† 0
Johnny Claes 11 7 10 8 Ret Ret 0
Cuth Harrison 7 Ret Ret 0
Pierre Levegh 7 Ret Ret 0
Walt Faulkner 7 0
Nello Pagani 7 0
Harry Schell Ret 8 0
George Connor 8 0
Geoffrey Crossley Ret 9 0
David Hampshire 9 Ret 0
Paul Russo 9 0
Toni Branca 11 10 0
Pat Flaherty 10 0
Brian Shawe-Taylor 10† 0
Joe Fry 10† 0
Myron Fohr 11 0
Duane Carter 12 0
Mack Hellings 13 0
Jack McGrath 14 0
Troy Ruttman 15 0
Gene Hartley 16 0
Jimmy Davies 17 0
Johnny McDowell 18 0
Walt Brown 19 0
Spider Webb 20 0
Jerry Hoyt 21 0
Walt Ader 22 0
Jackie Holmes 23 0
Jim Rathmann 24 0
Joe Kelly NC 0
Franco Rol Ret Ret Ret 0
Eugène Martin Ret Ret 0
José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
David Murray Ret Ret 0
Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret 0
Leslie Johnson Ret 0
Peter Walker Ret† 0
Tony Rolt Ret† 0
Henry Banks Ret 0
Bill Schindler Ret 0
Fred Agabashian Ret 0
Jimmy Jackson Ret 0
Sam Hanks Ret 0
Dick Rathmann Ret 0
Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
Bayliss Levrett Ret† 0
Bill Cantrell Ret† 0
Guy Mairesse Ret 0
Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Clemente Biondetti Ret 0
Henri Louveau Ret 0
Franco Comotti Ret 0
Consalvo Sanesi Ret 0
Piero Taruffi Ret† 0
Alfredo Pián DNS 0
Pos. Driver GBR
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
  • Italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded)
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
  • Only the best four results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

Non-Championship race results

The following Formula One races, which did not count towards the World Championship of Drivers, were also held in 1950.

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
XI Pau Grand Prix Pau 10 April Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
II Richmond Trophy Goodwood 10 April Reg Parnell Maserati Report
V San Remo Grand Prix Ospedaletti 16 April Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
IV Grand Prix de Paris Montlhéry 30 April Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago Report
XII British Empire Trophy Douglas 15 June Bob Gerard ERA Report
IV Gran Premio di Bari Lungomare 9 July Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
IV J.C.C. Jersey Road Race Saint Helier 13 July Peter Whitehead Ferrari Report
XII Circuit de l'Albigeois Albi 16 July Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Report
I Grote Prijs van Nederland Zandvoort 23 July Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago Report
III Grand Prix des Nations Geneve 30 July Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
I Nottingham Trophy Gamston 7 August David Hampshire Maserati Report
IV Ulster Trophy Dundrod 12 August Peter Whitehead Ferrari Report
XIX Coppa Acerbo Pescara 15 August Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Report
I Sheffield Telegraph Trophy Gamston 19 August Cuth Harrison ERA Report
II BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 26 August Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
III Goodwood Trophy Goodwood 30 September Reg Parnell BRM Report
X Gran Premio de Penya Rhin Pedralbes 29 October Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report


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