The 1950 Formula One season was the inaugural FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on May 13, 1950, and ended on September 3 after 7 races. The championship consisted of six Formula One races in Europe plus the Indianapolis 500, which was run to AAA/USAC regulations.
The World Drivers' Championship was won by Italian Guiseppe Farina. The Constructors' Championship did not begin until 1958.
Numerous other Formula One races, which did not count towards the Championship, were also held during the year.
1950 would be the penultimate season that would use the original Formula One ruleset that was stipulated by the AIACR in 1947. The rules were simply that no supercharged car could exceed 1.5 litre engines whilst non-supercharged cars were restricted to 3 litre engines.
Round 1- 1950 British Grand Prix - Silverstone.Edit
The British Royal family were present at the British Grand Prix to witness the dominant Alfa Romeo's of Nino Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli storm around the circuit. Fangio would retire giving the early championship advantage to his teammates as Farina won, from Fagioli and Alfa Romeo guest driver Reg Parnell.
Round 2 - 1950 Monaco Grand Prix - Monaco.Edit
The Alfa Romeo's were joined on the front row of the grid by José Froilán González in his Maserati but it was Juan Manuel Fangio who got away better than his teammates leading around the first lap. When they got to the Tabac corner, near the harbour they found it had been flooded by a tidal wave, Nino Farina spun from 2nd and caused a multi-car pile-up as Fango got away. He would win from Alberto Ascari in a Ferrari and Louis Chiron in a Maserati after Luigi Villoresi who stalled in the mele and charged back to second retired his Ferrari with a broken rear axel from second.
Round 3 - 1950 Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Edit
Round 4 - 1950 Swiss Grand Prix - Bremgarten.Edit
In Switzerland, Nino Farina earned an easy victory after his main competitor around this difficult circuit as Juan Manuel Fangio retired. Luigi Fagioli finished second ahead of Louis Rosier in a Talbot-Lago and four Maserti's, Prince Bira and Felice Bonetto scoring the points. The race however would be remembered for a serious crash for French driver Eugène Martin when his Talbot-Lago barrel-rolled.
Round 5 - 1950 Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-FrancorchampsEdit
Johnny Claes had crashed his team truck on the way to his home race and was allowed to start from the back after his race car was escorted to the circuit on public roads by night. Raymond Sommer had been dropped by Ferrari after poor pace and raced his Talbot-Lago at Spa. In the race Sommer got passed his former teammates and went off in pursuit of the Alfa Romeo's. As Juan Manuel Fangio pitted for fuel, Sommer lead the race, the first driver to take the fight to Alfa all season. Unfortunately he blew his engine and the race finished Fangio, Luigi Fagioli and Louis Rosier. Nino Farina came home 4th with a struggling car which would be important for the championship.
Round 6 - 1950 French Grand Prix - ReimsEdit
The French Grand Prix was disappointing after the excitement of Spa. The Ferrari's were withdrawn after team principle Enzo Ferrari deemed them uncompetitive and the cars of Talbot-Lago and Maserati overheated. Nino Farina retired from the lead of the race leaving Juan Manuel Fangio an easy victory over Luigi Fagioli and Peter Whitehead in his privateer Ferrari who had wowed the crowd after starting from the back and Robert Manzon scoring the first points for Simca-Gordini.
Round 7 - 1950 Italian Grand Prix - MonzaEdit
Ferrari brought a new improved car to Monza where Alberto Ascari qualified second to Nino Farina. Farina was third in the championship and needed to win. He started well with Ascari in pursuit. When he pitted Ascari took the lead, only the second time this season that an Alfa hadn't lead. Sadly ascari blew his engine.Juan Manuel Fangio was driving cautiously, cruising to the title when his car broke down. He took over a teammates car and blew that up too. Farina won the race over Ascari, who had taken over a teammates car and Luigi Fagioli. Farina was champion.
In this first World Championship season, 14 teams (4 works and 10 independent) participated, alongside a number of privately entered cars, in the 6 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.
The inaugural World Championship, ran to a formula which specified engine capacity of 1.5 litres supercharged or 4.5 litres unsupercharged.
Alfa dominate with their supercharged 158, a well-developed pre-war design, which won all six European Grands Prix. Alfa drivers consequently dominated the championship with Nino Farina edging out Juan Manuel Fangio by virtue of his fourth place in Belgium and Luigi Fagioli in the third Alfa was within contention throughout. Reg Parnell also scored a podium on a guest drive.
The French squad were the most consistent of the other manufacturers represented in the 1950 season, with drivers Louis Rosier, fourth in the championship and Raymond Sommer, after being sacked by Ferrari starring at parts and points finishes for other factory and non-factory drivers.
The Italians had mixed form as they experimented with different engines after starting the season with the Ferrari 125 and would experience mixed fortunes with Alberto Ascari finishing sixth in the championship whilst Luigi Villoresi was unplaced. The Ferrari ended the season strongly with Ferrari 375, an improved packaging fighting the Alfa's for victory at the season ending Monza GP.
Maserati entries struggled with their ageing models, Prince Bira scoring for the Enrico Plate team in what was often a close battle between fellow Maserati drivers for points. José Froilán González qualified third at Monaco for Scuderia Achille Varzi whilst Louis Chiron achieved the marques first podium in the Officine Alfieri Maserati at Monaco. Felice Bonetto also featured, scoring points for the Scuderia Milano team.
Although the Indianapolis 500, which ran to different regulations, was included in the championship series until 1960, it attracted very little European participation and, conversely, very few American Indianapolis drivers entered any grand prix.
|Round||Race Title||Grand Prix||Circuit||Date|
|1||RAC British Grand Prix||British GP||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||May 13|
|2||Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco||Monaco GP||Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo||May 21|
|3||Indianapolis International Motor Sweepstakes||Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis||May 30|
|4||Großer Preis der Schweiz||Swiss GP||Circuit Bremgarten, Bern||June 4|
|5||Grand Prix de Belgique||Belgian GP||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa||June 18|
|6||Grand Prix de l'ACF||French GP||Reims-Gueux, Reims||July 2|
|7||Gran Premio d'Italia||Italian GP||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza||September 3|
|Race Name||Circuit||Date||Winning Driver||Constructor|
|XI Pau Grand Prix||Pau||10 April||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati|
|II Richmond Trophy||Goodwood||10 April||Reg Parnell||Maserati|
|V San Remo Grand Prix||Sanremo||16 April||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo|
|IV Grand Prix de Paris||Montlehery||30 April||Georges Grignard||Talbot-Lago|
|XII British Empire Trophy||Douglas||15 June||Bob Gerard||ERA|
|IV Gran Premio di Bari||Bari||9 July||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo|
|IV J.C.C Jersey Road Race||Jersey||13 July||Peter Whitehead||Ferrari|
|XII Circuit de l'Albigeois||Albi||16 July||Louis Rosier||Talbot-Lago|
|I Grote Prijs van Nerderland||Zandvoort||23 July||Louis Rosier||Talbot-Lago|
|III Grand Prix des Nations||Geneve||30 July||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo|
|I Nottingham Trophy||Gamston||7 August||David Hampshire||Maserati|
|IV Ulster Trophy||Dundrod||12 August||Peter Whitehead||Ferrari|
|XIX Copper Acerbo||Pescara||15 August||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo|
|I Sheffield Telegraph Trophy||Gamston||19 August||Cuth Harrison||ERA|
|II BRDC International Trophy||Silverstone||26 August||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo|
|III Goodwood Trophy||Goodwood||30 September||Reg Parnell||BRM|
|X Gran Premio de Penya Rhin||Pedrables||29 October||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari|
Teams and DriversEdit
|Alfa Romeo SpA||
|Alfa Romeo|| Giuseppe Farina|
Juan Manuel Fangio
|Ferrari|| Alberto Ascari|
|Automobile Talbot-Darracq||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago|| Yves Giraud-Cabantous|
|Officine Alfieri Maserati||Maserati||4CLT/48|
|Maserati|| Louis Chiron|
| Juan Manuel Fangio|
|Equipe Simca-Gordini||Simca-Gordini||Type 15||Gordini|| Maurice Trintignant|
|English Racing Automobiles||ERA||E-Type||ERA||Leslie Johnson|
|Scuderia Ambrosiana||Maserati||4CLT/48||Maserati|| David Murray|
|Peter Walker||ERA||E-Type||ERA|| Peter Walker|
|Joe Fry||Maserati||4CL||Maserati|| Joe Fry|
|TC Harrison||ERA||C-Type||ERA||Cuth Harrison|
|Ecurie Rosier||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago|| Louis Rosier|
|Philippe Étancelin||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Philippe Étancelin|
|Ecurie Belge||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Johnny Claes|
|Enrico Plate||Maserati||4CLT/48||Maserati|| Toulo de Graffenried|
|Scuderia Milano|| Maserati|
|Maserati|| Felice Bonetto|
|Joe Kelly||Alta||Alta GP||Alta||Joe Kelly|
|Geoffrey Crossley||Alta||Alta GP||Alta||Geoffrey Crossley|
|Raymond Mays||ERA||D-Type||ERA||Raymond Mays|
|Scuderia Achille Varzi||Maserati|| 4CLT/48|
|Maserati|| José Froilán González|
|Horschell Racing Corporation||Cooper||T12||JAP||Harry Schell|
|Ecurie Espadon||SVA||1500||FIAT||Rudi Fischer|
|Ecurie Bleue||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Harry Schell|
|Ecurie Letita||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Eugène Chaboud|
|Pierre Levegh||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Pierre Levegh|
|Peter Whitehead||Ferrari||Peter Whitehead||Graham Whitehead|
|Raymond Sommer||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Raymond Sommer|
|Antonio Branca||Maserati||4CL||Maserati||Antonio Branca|
|Charles Pozzi||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Charles Pozzi|
|Clemente Biondetti||Ferrari||166S||Jaguar||Clemente Biondetti|
|Paul Pietsch||Maserati||4CLT/48||Maserati||Paul Pietsch|
|Guy Mairesse||Talbot-Lago||T26C||Talbot-Lago||Guy Mairesse|
|Archie J. Butterworth||AJB||?||Duesenberg||Archie J. Butterworth|
|Brian-Shawe Taylor||ERA||B-Type||ERA||Brian-Shawe Taylor|
|John Heath||HWM||?||Alta||George Abecassis|
|Charles Murray||Maserati||4CL||Maserati||Colin Murray|
|Rob Walker Racing Team||Delage||15S8||Delage||Tony Rolt|
|Gordon Watson||Alta||F2||Alta||Gordon Watson|
1950 Drivers Championship final standingsEdit
|2nd||Juan Manuel Fangio||Ret||1st||Ret||1st||1st*||Ret*|
|3rd||Luigi Fagioli||2nd||Ret||2nd||2nd||2nd||3rd||24 (28)|
|4th||Louis Rosier||5th||Ret||3rd||3rd||6th †||4th||13|
|5th||Alberto Ascari||2nd||Ret||5th||2nd †||11|
|13th||Dorino Serafini||2nd †||3|
|18th||Philippe Étancelin||8th||Ret||Ret||Ret||5th †||5th||3|
|20th||Eugène Chaboud||Ret||5th †||1|
|21st||Joie Chitwood||5th †||1|
|=||Tony Bettenhausen||5th † |
|–||Toulo de Graffenried||Ret||Ret||6th||6th||0|
|–||Charles Pozzi||6th †||0|
|–||Brian Shawe-Taylor||10th †||0|
|–||Joe Fry||10th †||0|
|–||José Froilán González||Ret||Ret||0|
|–||Peter Walker||Ret †||0|
|–||Tony Rolt||Ret †||0|
|–||Fred Agabashian||Ret |
|–||Bayliss Levrett||Ret †||0|
|–||Bill Cantrell||Ret †||0|
|–||Piero Taruffi||DNA||Ret †||0|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|[+] More Symbols|
- * Fastest lap (1 point awarded)
- † Position shared between more drivers of the same car
- Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
|V T E||1950 Formula One Season|
|Teams||Alfa Romeo • Maserati • ERA • Talbot-Lago • Alta • Cooper • Simca • Ferrari • Milano • SVA|
|Engines||Alfa Romeo • Maserati • ERA • Talbot • Alta • JAP • Gordini • Ferrari • Milano • Speluzzi • Jaguar|
|Non-works Entrants||Scuderia Ambrosiana • T.A.S.O. Mathieson • Peter Walker • Joe Fry • Bob Gerard • Ecurie Belge • Enrico Platé • Joe Kelly • Geoffrey Crossley • Scuderia Achille Varzi • Horshell Racing Corporation • Philippe Étancelin • Ecurie Rosier • Cuth Harrison • Peter Whitehead • Ecurie Bleue • Raymond Sommer • Ecurie Lutetia • Antonio Branca • Charles Pozzi • Clemente Biodetti • Paul Pietsch • Guy Mairesse • Pierre Levegh|
|Drivers||Fangio • Farina • Fagioli • Parnell • Sanesi • Taruffi • Murray • Hampshire • Johnson • Walker • Rolt • Fry • Shawe-Taylor • Harrison • Gerard • Giraud-Cabantous • Rosier • Étancelin • Martin • Levegh • Sommer • Claes • Chiron • Rol • De Graffenried • B. Bira • Crossley • González • Pián • Pagani • Branca • Schell • Manzon • Trintignant • Chaboud • Pozzi • Biondetti • Pietsch • Mairesse|
|Cars||Alfa Romeo 158 • Alfa Romeo 159 • Maserati 4CL • Maserati 4CLT-48 • Maserati 4CLT-50 • ERA A • ERA B • ERA E • Talbot-Lago T26C • Talbot-Lago T26C-DA • Talbot-Lago T26C-GS • Alta GP • Cooper T12 • Simca-Gordini T15 • Ferrari 125 • Ferrari 166T • Ferrari 166-F2 • Ferrari 275 • Ferrari 375 • Milano 1 • SVA 1500|
|Tyres||Dunlop • Englebert • Pirelli|
|Races||Britain • Monaco • Indianapolis 500 • Switzerland • Belgium • France • Italy|
|NC races||Pau • Richmond Trophy • San Remo • Paris • British Empire Trophy • Bari • Jersey Road Race • Albi • Netherlands • Nations • Nottingham Trophy • Ulster Trophy • Coppa Acerbo • Sheffield Telegraph Trophy • BRDC International Trophy • Goodwood Trophy • Penya Rhin • Chile|
|See also||1949 Grand Prix Season • 1951 Formula One Season • Category|
|V T E||Formula One Seasons|
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