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Nino Farina

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 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.

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

Championship summaryEdit

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. 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.

Championship reviewEdit

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 PrixEdit

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

Teams and driversEdit

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

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
Flag of Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158/50 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8s P Flag of Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 1–2, 4–7
Flag of Italy Giuseppe Farina 1–2, 4–7
Flag of Italy Luigi Fagioli 1–2, 4–7
Flag of the United Kingdom Reg Parnell 1
Flag of Italy Consalvo Sanesi 7
Flag of Italy Piero Taruffi 7
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D Flag of the United Kingdom David Murray 1, 7
Flag of the United Kingdom David Hampshire 1, 6
Flag of the United Kingdom Reg Parnell 6
Flag of the United Kingdom T.A.S.O. Mathieson ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D Flag of the United Kingdom Leslie Johnson 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Walker ERA E ERA 1.5 L6s D Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Walker 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Tony Rolt 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Joe Fry Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s D Flag of the United Kingdom Joe Fry 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA B
A
ERA 1.5 L6s D Flag of the United Kingdom Bob Gerard 1–2
Flag of France Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 1, 4–6
Flag of France Louis Rosier 1, 4–6
Flag of France Philippe Étancelin 1, 5
Flag of France Eugène Martin 1, 4
Flag of France Pierre Levegh 5–6
Flag of France Raymond Sommer 6
Flag of Belgium Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of Belgium Johnny Claes 1–2, 4–7
Flag of Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Monaco Louis Chiron 1–2, 4, 6–7
Flag of Italy Franco Rol 2, 6–7
Flag of Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried 1–2, 4, 7
Flag of Thailand B. Bira 1–2, 4, 7
Flag of Ireland Joe Kelly Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Flag of Ireland Joe Kelly 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4s D Flag of the United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley 1, 5
Flag of Argentina Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48
4CL
Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Argentina José Froilán González 2, 6
Flag of Argentina Alfredo Pián 2
Flag of Italy Nello Pagani 4
Flag of Switzerland Toni Branca 4
Flag of the United States Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper-JAP T12 JAP 1.1 V2 D Flag of the United States Harry Schell 2
Flag of France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini 15 Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E Flag of France Robert Manzon 2, 6–7
Flag of France Maurice Trintignant 2, 7
Flag of France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Philippe Étancelin 2, 4, 6–7
Flag of France Eugène Chaboud 6
Flag of France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Louis Rosier 2, 7
Flag of France Henri Louveau 7
Flag of the United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D Flag of the United Kingdom Cuth Harrison 1-2, 7
Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s D Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 2, 6–7
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
275
375
Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s
Ferrari 275 3.3 V12
Ferrari 375 4.5 V12
P Flag of Italy Luigi Villoresi 2, 4–5
Flag of Italy Alberto Ascari 2, 4–5, 7
Flag of France Raymond Sommer 2, 4
Flag of Italy Dorino Serafini 7
125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12s Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Whitehead 4
Flag of Italy Scuderia Milano Maserati 4CLT/50 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Italy Felice Bonetto 4
Milano-Speluzzi[1] 1[1] Speluzzi 1.5 L4s[1] 7
Maserati-Milano 4CLT/50 Milano 1.5 L4s 6
Flag of Italy Franco Comotti 7
Flag of the United States Ecurie Bleue Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of the United States Harry Schell 4
Flag of France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Raymond Sommer 5, 7
Flag of France Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Eugène Chaboud 5
Flag of Switzerland Antonio Branca Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Switzerland Toni Branca 5
Flag of France Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Charles Pozzi 6
Flag of France Louis Rosier 6
Flag of Italy Clemente Biondetti Ferrari-Jaguar 166S Jaguar XK 3.4 L6  ? Flag of Italy Clemente Biondetti 7
Flag of Germany Paul Pietsch Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4s P Flag of Germany Paul Pietsch 7
Flag of France Guy Mairesse Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Guy Mairesse 7
Flag of France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D Flag of France Pierre Levegh 7

1950 World Championship of Drivers - final standingsEdit

Pos. Driver GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
MON
Flag of Monaco
500
Flag of the United States
SUI
Flag of Switzerland
BEL
Flag of Belgium
FRA
Flag of France
ITA
Flag of Italy
Pts.
1 Flag of Italy Giuseppe Farina 1 Ret 1 4 7 1 30
2 Flag of Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Ret 1 Ret 1 1 Ret / Ret 27
3 Flag of Italy Luigi Fagioli 2 Ret 2 2 2 (3) 24 (28)
4 Flag of France Louis Rosier 5 Ret 3 3 6† 4 13
5 Flag of Italy Alberto Ascari 2 Ret 5 DNS 2† 11
6 Flag of the United States Johnnie Parsons 1 9
7 Flag of the United States Bill Holland 2 6
8 Flag of Thailand Prince Bira Ret 5 4 Ret 5
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Whitehead DNS 3 7 4
= Flag of Monaco Louis Chiron Ret 3 9 Ret Ret 4
= Flag of the United Kingdom Reg Parnell 3 Ret 4
= Flag of the United States Mauri Rose 3 4
13 Flag of Italy Dorino Serafini 2† 3
= Flag of France Yves Giraud-Cabantous 4 Ret Ret 8 3
= Flag of France Raymond Sommer 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
= Flag of France Robert Manzon Ret 4 Ret 3
= Flag of the United States Cecil Green 4 3
= Flag of France Philippe Étancelin 8 Ret Ret Ret 5† 5 3
19 Flag of Italy Felice Bonetto 5 Ret DNS 2
20 Flag of France Eugène Chaboud Ret 5† 1
= Flag of the United States Joie Chitwood 5† 1
= Flag of the United States Tony Bettenhausen 5† 1
Flag of Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried Ret Ret 6 6 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Bob Gerard 6 6 0
Flag of Italy Luigi Villoresi Ret Ret 6 DNS 0
Flag of the United States Lee Wallard 6 0
Flag of France Charles Pozzi 6† 0
Flag of Belgium Johnny Claes 11 7 10 8 Ret Ret 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Cuth Harrison 7 Ret Ret 0
Flag of France Pierre Levegh 7 Ret Ret 0
Flag of the United States Walt Faulkner 7 0
Flag of Italy Nello Pagani 7 0
Flag of the United States Harry Schell Ret 8 0
Flag of the United States George Connor 8 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Ret 9 0
Flag of the United Kingdom David Hampshire 9 Ret 0
Flag of the United States Paul Russo 9 0
Flag of Switzerland Toni Branca 11 10 0
Flag of the United States Pat Flaherty 10 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor 10† 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Joe Fry 10† 0
Flag of the United States Myron Fohr 11 0
Flag of the United States Duane Carter 12 0
Flag of the United States Mack Hellings 13 0
Flag of the United States Jack McGrath 14 0
Flag of the United States Troy Ruttman 15 0
Flag of the United States Gene Hartley 16 0
Flag of the United States Jimmy Davies 17 0
Flag of the United States Johnny McDowell 18 0
Flag of the United States Walt Brown 19 0
Flag of the United States Spider Webb 20 0
Flag of the United States Jerry Hoyt 21 0
Flag of the United States Walt Ader 22 0
Flag of the United States Jackie Holmes 23 0
Flag of the United States Jim Rathmann 24 0
Flag of Ireland Joe Kelly NC 0
Flag of Italy Franco Rol Ret Ret Ret 0
Flag of France Eugène Martin Ret Ret 0
Flag of Argentina José Froilán González Ret Ret 0
Flag of the United Kingdom David Murray Ret Ret 0
Flag of France Maurice Trintignant Ret Ret 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Leslie Johnson Ret 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Walker Ret† 0
Flag of the United Kingdom Tony Rolt Ret† 0
Flag of the United States Henry Banks Ret 0
Flag of the United States Bill Schindler Ret 0
Flag of the United States Fred Agabashian Ret 0
Flag of the United States Jimmy Jackson Ret 0
Flag of the United States Sam Hanks Ret 0
Flag of the United States Dick Rathmann Ret 0
Flag of the United States Duke Dinsmore Ret 0
Flag of the United States Bayliss Levrett Ret† 0
Flag of the United States Bill Cantrell Ret† 0
Flag of France Guy Mairesse Ret 0
Flag of Germany Paul Pietsch Ret 0
Flag of Italy Clemente Biondetti Ret 0
Flag of France Henri Louveau Ret 0
Flag of Italy Franco Comotti Ret 0
Flag of Italy Consalvo Sanesi Ret 0
Flag of Italy Piero Taruffi Ret† 0
Flag of Argentina Alfredo Pián DNS 0
Pos. Driver GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
MON
Flag of Monaco
500
Flag of the United States
SUI
Flag of Switzerland
BEL
Flag of Belgium
FRA
Flag of France
ITA
Flag of Italy
Pts.
Key
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)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
  • 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 resultsEdit

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

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