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Giuseppe Farina
Nino Farina
Born 30 October 1906(1906-10-30)
Turin, Italy
Died 30 June 1966(1966-06-30) (aged 59)
Chambéry, France
Nationality Flag of Italy ITA
Formula One World Championship Career
Status Deceased (car crash)
Races 36 (33 starts)
Pole positions 5
Wins 5
Championships 1
Podiums 20
Fastest laps 5
Career Points 127.333
First Race 1950 British Grand Prix
Last Race 1956 Indianapolis 500
First Win 1950 British Grand Prix
Last Win 1953 German Grand Prix

Emilio Giuseppe "Nino" Farina (FAR-ee-NAH; 30 October 1906 in Turin, TO, Piedmont, Italy – 30 June 1966 in Chambéry, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France) was an Italian racing driver from Turin. He is notable for winning the very first Formula One race and the season that it was part of, thus Farina is the first Formula One winner and the first Formula One World Champion.

Early YearsEdit

On the same day of young Giuseppe Farina's birth, Giuseppe's father, Giovanni had established Stabilimente Farina, a bodywork shop for cars, located in the famous manufacturing city of Turin, Italy. The young Giuseppe, affectionately known as 'Nino' grew up in an automotive environment with his Giovanni owning a bodywork business and uncle Pinin owning one of Italy's most prelific coach building companies Pininfarina.

Farina's first experience in a car came when he drove his father's car around his company factory at the age of nine years old. His appetite for motoring ventures was further whetted when his uncle Pinin asked him to accompany him as a co-driver in road races at the age of 16. After three years of racing as Pinin's co-driver, young Giuseppe began entering solo events at age 19. In one of his first solo races, young Nino, survived an enormous accident in a hill climb, this crash would set a worrying trend in Farina's career.

Giuseppe Farina was both highly athletically and academically inclined. Aside from motorsports Farina had the athletic qualities of being a fast runner and being strong in football and skiing. Farina also received a Doctorate of Law at the Turin University demonstrating his academic ability.

In the early 1930's Farina completed his mandatory military service as a cavalry officer in the Italian army. Following the completing of his military service in 1932, Farina returned to his racing bug and purchased an old Alfa Romeo to compete in local race events and hillclimbs.

1932-1956: Grand Prix / Formula One Edit

1938 Farina

Farina driving for Alfa Romeo in 1948

During the 1930s, Farina was signed to Alfa Romeo as number two to Tazio Nuvolari.

In the 1936 Monaco GP Nuvolari was concerned about the poor health of his son and this proved a good opportunity for Farina to step up as number 1 driver. There was torrential rain as the cars lined up on the grid and Farina’s car was leaking oil so he took over the car of team mate Mario Tadini.

In what was one of the most stupid decisions in motor racing history, Tadini decided to take out Farina’s leaking Alfa onto the wet track and dropped oil all over the greasy circuit.

As the drivers entered Tabac for the second lap a huge accident happened involving 7 of the leading cars, including Farina himself, spinning on the oil and colliding with one another. The eighth and final victim of this was Tadini spinning on his own oil.

Farina and Alfa Romeo went on to become Italian drivers champion three years in a row from 1937–1939.

Farina was reaching his peak as WWII broke out but enjoyed post war success driving a privately owned Maserati in which he won the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix.

Formula One CareerEdit


For 1950 Nino Farina was one of the factory Alfa Romeo drivers that would dominate the season right from the first GP at Silverstone which Farina won with ease and took the championship leader whilst his teammates and rival Luigi Fagioli came second and Juan Manuel Fangio retired.

1950 1 Farina

Farina in his winning Alfa

The second race of the season was at Monaco and Farina made a slower start than Fangio entering the first corner in second position. As they entered the Tabac corner on the harbour front they found it had been flooded by a tidal wave and although Fangio found his way through, Farina spun and was involved in a multi-car pile-up. Fangio won the race as Farina retired levelling the championship.

The championship competitors skipped Indianapolis and met again at Bremgarten for the fourth round which proved a dominant lights to flag victory for Farina, Fangio retiring whilst running second.

By the Belgium GP, Farina had 18 points, Fagioli 12 and Fangio 9 and Farina had started thinking about the championship. When he started developing clutch problems he decided to just bring the car home in the points rather than race Fangio and brought the car home fourth as Fangio took the win.

At Reims for the French GP Farina looked formidable as he was in Switzerland, searing off the front at a pace nobody could match but sadly during his second pitstop with fuel pump issues.

1950 7 Farina

Farina cruises to the title

As the cars arrived at the final GP of the season at Monza, Farina was no longer leading the championship and was four points behind Fangio and two behind Fagioli. Farina would have to win the race and hope that Fangio scored lower than second.

Ferrari had brought a new car to the GP and as the flag dropped it was Farina and Alberto Ascari leading the race. The new Ferrari had better fuel consumption than the Alfa and when Farina pitted Ascari surged into the lead until his new engine blew on lap 20. At this point Farina now had a 2 minute lead and started cruising.

Fangio was driving a cautious race in third and with the retirement of Ascari was in a title winning position which lasted only 2 laps when his car retired with gearbox troubles.

Fangio took over a teammates car but retired that too leaving Farina an easy win over Fagioli and the world title.


Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

F1 Career HistoryEdit

Year Entrant Team Pts WDC Pos. Report
1935 Gino Rovere Maserati 36 21st Report
1936 Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 26 14th Report
1937 Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo 28 7th Report
1938 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 21 8th Report
1939 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 25 13th Report
1940 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo No Grand Prix Championship
19411945: Did Not Compete
1946 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo No Grand Prix Championship
1947: Did Not Compete
1948 Scuderia Milano Maserati No Formula One Championship
1949 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari No Formula One Championship
Formula One World Championship
1950 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 30 1st Report
1951 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 19 (22) 4th Report
1952 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 24 (27) 2nd Report
1953 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 26 (32) 3rd Report
1954 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 6 8th Report
1955 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 10.333 5th Report
1956 Bardahl Kurtis Kraft-Ferrari 0 NC Report

Note: Points in brackets refer to gross points total.


Entries 36
Starts 33
Shared drives 4
Pole positions 5
Front Row Starts 27
Victories 5
Podia 19 (20)*
Fastest laps 5
Points 115.333 (127.333)
Laps raced 1806
kms raced 12227.854
Races led 14
Laps led 336
kms led 2651.065
Doubles 1
Hat-tricks 1
Grand Chelems 0

* In two shared drives at the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix, he finished both second and third, technically recording two podium finishes.


No. Race
1 1950 British Grand Prix
2 1950 Swiss Grand Prix
3 1950 Italian Grand Prix
4 1951 Belgian Grand Prix
5 1953 German Grand Prix

Non-Championship WinsEdit

No. Race
1 1937 Naples Grand Prix
2 1946 Nations Grand Prix
3 1948 Monaco Grand Prix
4 1948 Nations Grand Prix
5 1948 Garda Grand Prix
6 1949 Lausanne Grand Prix
7 1950 Bari Grand Prix
8 1950 BRDC International Trophy
9 1951 Paris Grand Prix
10 1951 Ulster Trophy
11 1951 Goodwood Trophy
12 1952 Naples Grand Prix
13 1952 Monza Grand Prix
14 1953 Naples Grand Prix
15 1953 Rouen Grand Prix
16 1954 Syracuse Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 30 1st
1st Ret DNA 1st 4th 7th 1st
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 19 4th
3rd 1st 5th Ret Ret 3rd* 3rd
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 24 2nd
Ret WD 2nd 2nd 6th 2nd 2nd 4th
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 26 3rd
Ret 2nd Ret 5th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd
1954 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 6 8th
1955 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Italy 10.333 5th
4th 3rd DNS
1956 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy 0 NC

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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* Shared drive.

Farina finished both 2nd (with Maurice Trintignant and José Froilán González) and 3rd (with Umberto Maglioli and Trintignant). He received a third of the points for both.

Poisitons and Records heldEdit

Positions held
Preceded by
World Champion
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio

V T E List of World Drivers' Champions
1950: Guiseppe Farina
1951: Juan Manuel Fangio
1952: Alberto Ascari
1953: Alberto Ascari
1954: Juan Manuel Fangio
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio
1956: Juan Manuel Fangio
1957: Juan Manuel Fangio
1958: Mike Hawthorn
1959: Jack Brabham
1960: Jack Brabham
1961: Phil Hill
1962: Graham Hill
1963: Jim Clark
1964: John Surtees
1965: Jim Clark
1966: Jack Brabham
1967: Denny Hulme
1968: Graham Hill
1969: Jackie Stewart
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Jackie Stewart
1972: Emerson Fittipaldi
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Emerson Fittipaldi
1975: Niki Lauda
1976: James Hunt
1977: Niki Lauda
1978: Mario Andretti
1979: Jody Scheckter
1980: Alan Jones
1981: Nelson Piquet
1982: Keke Rosberg
1983: Nelson Piquet
1984: Niki Lauda
1985: Alain Prost
1986: Alain Prost
1987: Nelson Piquet
1988: Ayrton Senna
1989: Alain Prost
1990: Ayrton Senna
1991: Ayrton Senna
1992: Nigel Mansell
1993: Alain Prost
1994: Michael Schumacher
1995: Michael Schumacher
1996: Damon Hill
1997: Jacques Villeneuve
1998: Mika Häkkinen
1999: Mika Häkkinen
2000: Michael Schumacher
2001: Michael Schumacher
2002: Michael Schumacher
2003: Michael Schumacher
2004: Michael Schumacher
2005: Fernando Alonso
2006: Fernando Alonso
2007: Kimi Räikkönen
2008: Lewis Hamilton
2009: Jenson Button
2010: Sebastian Vettel
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2012: Sebastian Vettel
2013: Sebastian Vettel
2014: Lewis Hamilton
2015: Lewis Hamilton
V T E List of World Drivers' Championship runners-up
1950: Juan Manuel Fangio
1951: Alberto Ascari
1952: Giuseppe Farina
1953: Juan Manuel Fangio
1954: José Froilán González
1955: Stirling Moss
1956: Stirling Moss
1957: Stirling Moss
1958: Stirling Moss
1959: Tony Brooks
1960: Bruce McLaren
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1962: Jim Clark
1963: Graham Hill
1964: Graham Hill
1965: Graham Hill
1966: John Surtees
1967: Jack Brabham
1968: Jackie Stewart
1969: Jacky Ickx
1970: Jacky Ickx
1971: Ronnie Peterson
1972: Jackie Stewart
1973: Emerson Fittipaldi
1974: Clay Regazzoni
1975: Emerson Fittipaldi
1976: Niki Lauda
1977: Jody Scheckter
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1979: Gilles Villeneuve
1980: Nelson Piquet
1981: Carlos Reutemann
1982: Didier Pironi
1983: Alain Prost
1984: Alain Prost
1985: Michele Alboreto
1986: Nigel Mansell
1987: Nigel Mansell
1988: Alain Prost
1989: Ayrton Senna
1990: Alain Prost
1991: Nigel Mansell
1992: Riccardo Patrese
1993: Ayrton Senna
1994: Damon Hill
1995: Damon Hill
1996: Jacques Villeneuve
1997: Heinz-Harald Frentzen*
1998: Michael Schumacher
1999: Eddie Irvine
2000: Mika Häkkinen
2001: David Coulthard
2002: Rubens Barrichello
2003: Kimi Räikkönen
2004: Rubens Barrichello
2005: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Michael Schumacher
2007: Lewis Hamilton
2008: Felipe Massa
2009: Sebastian Vettel
2010: Fernando Alonso
2011: Jenson Button
2012: Fernando Alonso
2013: Fernando Alonso
2014: Nico Rosberg
2015: Nico Rosberg</br>
* Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 championship.
v · t · e Teams and Drivers
1950 Teams and Drivers
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

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