1950 British Grand Prix

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1950 British Grand Prix
Silverstone circuitmap 1950-51.jpg
Silverstone Circuit in 1950–1951 configuration
Race details
Date13 May 1950
Official name The Royal Automobile Club Grand Prix d'Europe Incorporating The British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.649 km (2.889 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 325.430 km (202.213 mi)
Weather Sunny, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Alfa Romeo
Time 1:50.8 [1]
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 1:50.6 [2] on lap 2
Podium
First Alfa Romeo
Second Alfa Romeo
Third Alfa Romeo

The 1950 British Grand Prix, formally known as The Royal Automobile Club Grand Prix d'Europe Incorporating The British Grand Prix, [3] was a Formula One motor race held on 13 May 1950 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England. It was the first World Championship Formula One race, as well as the fifth British Grand Prix, and the third to be held at Silverstone after motor racing resumed after World War II. It was the first race of seven in the 1950 World Championship of Drivers.

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The 70-lap race was won by Giuseppe Farina for the Alfa Romeo team, after starting from pole position, with a race time of 2:13:23.6 and an average speed of 146.378 km/h. Luigi Fagioli finished second in another Alfa Romeo, and Reg Parnell third in a third Alfa Romeo.

The race followed the non-championship Pau Grand Prix and San Remo Grand Prix (both won by Juan Manuel Fangio), the Richmond Trophy (won by Reg Parnell) and the Paris Grand Prix (won by Georges Grignard).

Report

RAF Silverstone airport in 1945 RAF Silverstone 1945.png
RAF Silverstone airport in 1945

Held on 13 May at Silverstone Circuit, and also designated as the Grand Prix of Europe for 1950, this very first World Championship round was attended by George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and the Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Participants

In all, there were 22 competing, 21 qualified for the race, and 11 classified. Numbers 7 and 13 were not assigned. The Alfa Romeo factory team arrived at the circuit with four 158s for Fangio, Farina, Fagioli & domestic driver Reg Parnell. Ferrari decided not to take part but there were a handful of Maseratis, one of them a factory car for Monegasque driver Louis Chiron. Scuderia Ambrosiana prepared two cars for David Hampshire and David Murray, Enrico Platé entered two drivers of aristocratic origin, Prince Bira of Siam and Baron Toulo de Graffenried. Joe Fry entered a private Maserati and Scuderia Milano entered Felice Bonetto, but he did not arrive. These cars were raced in Italian Rosso Corsa livery. Talbot-Lago sent over two factory cars in the traditional French pale blue colour to be driven by Yves Giraud-Cabantous and Eugène Martin. Other private Talbots were entered by Louis Rosier, Philippe Etancelin and Belgian Johnny Claes, in a yellow car. The rest of the field was made up of local machinery, which included four E.R.A.s and two Altas, in British racing green.

The race

Farina was fastest in qualifying and the other three Alfas were alongside him on the front row. The second row consisted of "B. Bira" in a Maserati and the two factory Talbots. In accordance with the standard at the time, the rest of the grid consisted of rows of four and three alternating, up to the sixth row. Felice Bonetto was the only driver who did not take part in qualifying and would not take part in the race. On 13 May, 21 drivers from 9 countries were represented at the old Silverstone airport, 4 from France, 2 from Italy, 1 each from Belgium, Ireland, Monaco, Argentina, Thailand and Switzerland. The UK was represented by 9 drivers. The race drew 200,000 spectators. At the start of the race, Farina took the lead with Fagioli and Fangio in pursuit, while Cabantous got a poor start and lost 4 positions. In the early laps they switched around between themselves several times to keep everyone amused. Fangio retired with engine troubles caused by a broken oil pipe and so Farina led Fagioli home by 2.5 seconds with Parnell a distant third despite hitting a hare during the race. The nearest challenger was Giraud-Cabantous two laps down, Bira having retired with a fuel problem. Crossley and Murray duelled at the back before retiring, de Graffenried had done so on lap 34, while Chiron was demoted to the role of viewer 10 laps earlier. Giuseppe Farina led for 63 laps (1–9, 16–37 and 39–70). Luigi Fagioli led for 6 laps (10–15). Juan Manuel Fangio led for 1 lap (38). Joe Fry drove car #10 for the first 45 laps, then Brian Shawe-Taylor took over for 19 laps for a total 64 laps, distance 297.536 km. Peter Walker drove car #9 for 2 laps, then Tony Rolt drove for and additional 3 laps, totaling 5 laps, a distance of 23.245 km. Giuseppe Farina achieved the fastest lap of the race, with a 1:50.6 on Lap 2.

Entries

Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 48 fl.jpg
Maserati 4CLT/48
Alfa Romeo Alfetta 158 Alfa Romeo 158 fr.jpg
Alfa Romeo Alfetta 158
Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot F1 vr yellow EMS.jpg
Talbot-Lago T26C
NoDriverEntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyre
1 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 s P
2 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 s P
3 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Fagioli 1 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 s P
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 s P
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s D
6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Hampshire Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s D
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leslie Johnson T.A.S.O. Mathieson ERA ERA E ERA 1.5 L6 s D
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Walker 2 Peter Walker ERA ERA E ERA 1.5 L6 s D
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Fry 3 Joe Fry Maserati Maserati 4CL Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4 s D
11 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cuth Harrison Cuth Harrison ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6 s D
12 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Gerard Bob Gerard ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6 s D
14 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
15 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16 Flag of France.svg Philippe Étancelin Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
17 Flag of France.svg Eugène Martin Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 D
19 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s P
20 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s P
21 Flag of Thailand.svg B. Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s P
22 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Scuderia Milano Maserati Maserati 4CLT/50 Maserati 4CLT 1.5 L4 s P
23 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kelly Joe Kelly Alta Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4 s D
24 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoffrey Crossley Geoffrey Crossley Alta Alta GP Alta 1.5 L4 s D
26 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Raymond Mays 4 Raymond Mays ERA ERA D ERA 1.5 L6 s D
Sources: [4] [5]
^1 — Luigi Fagioli qualified and drove all 70 laps of the race in the #3 Alfa Romeo. Gianbattista Guidotti, named substitute driver for the car, was not used at the Grand Prix. [6]
^2 — Peter Walker qualified and drove 2 laps of the race in the #9 ERA. Tony Rolt took over the car for 3 laps of the race. [7]
^3 — Joe Fry qualified and drove 45 laps of the race in the #10 Maserati. Brian Shawe-Taylor took over the car for 19 laps of the race. [7]
^4 — Entry cancelled prior to event. [8]

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
12 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 1:50.8
23 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 1:51.0+ 0.2
31 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:51.2+ 0.4
44 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell Alfa Romeo 1:52.2+ 1.4
521 Flag of Thailand.svg Prince Bira Maserati 1:52.6+ 1.8
614 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:53.4+ 2.6
717 Flag of France.svg Eugène Martin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:55.4+ 4.6
820 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 1:55.8+ 5.0
915 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:56.0+ 5.2
109 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Walker ERA 1:56.6+ 5.8
1119 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Maserati 1:56.6+ 5.8
128 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leslie Johnson ERA 1:57.4+ 6.6
1312 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Gerard ERA 1:57.4+ 6.6
1416 Flag of France.svg Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:57.8+ 7.0
1511 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cuth Harrison ERA 1:58.4+ 7.6
166 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Hampshire Maserati 2:01.0+ 10.2
1724 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoffrey Crossley Alta 2:02.6+ 11.8
185 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Maserati 2:05.6+ 14.8
1923 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kelly Alta 2:06.2+ 15.4
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Fry Maserati 2:07.0+ 16.2
2118 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:08.8+ 18.0
DNA22 Flag of Italy.svg Felice Bonetto Maserati
Source: [9]

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
12 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 702:13:23.619 1
23 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 70+ 2.626
34 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell Alfa Romeo 70+ 52.044
414 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 68+ 2 Laps63
515 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 68+ 2 Laps92
612 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Gerard ERA 67+ 3 Laps13 
711 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cuth Harrison ERA 67+ 3 Laps15 
816 Flag of France.svg Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 65+ 5 Laps14 
96 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Hampshire Maserati 64+ 6 Laps16 
1010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Fry
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Shawe-Taylor
Maserati 64+ 6 Laps20 
1118 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 64+ 6 Laps21 
Ret1 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 62Oil pipe3 
NC23 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kelly Alta 57Not classified19 
Ret21 Flag of Thailand.svg Prince Bira Maserati 49Out of fuel5 
Ret5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Murray Maserati 44Engine18 
Ret24 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoffrey Crossley Alta 43Transmission17 
Ret20 Flag of Switzerland.svg Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 36Engine8 
Ret19 Flag of Monaco.svg Louis Chiron Maserati 26Clutch11 
Ret17 Flag of France.svg Eugène Martin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 8Oil pressure7 
Ret9 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Walker
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rolt
ERA 5Gearbox10 
Ret8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Leslie Johnson ERA 2Compressor12 
Source: [10]
Notes

Championship standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Farina 9
2 Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Fagioli 6
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reg Parnell 4
4 Flag of France.svg Yves Giraud-Cabantous 3
5 Flag of France.svg Louis Rosier 2
Source: [11]

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