1950 Monaco Grand Prix

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The 1950 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 May 1950 at Monaco. This race was the second round of 1950 World Drivers' Championship. The race, contested over 100 laps at an overall distance of 318.1 km (197.1 mi) was won by Juan Manuel Fangio for the Alfa Romeo team after starting from pole position. Alberto Ascari finished 2nd for Ferrari and Louis Chiron finished 3rd for Maserati.

Report

After two qualifying sessions, on Thursday and Saturday, which Charles Pozzi, Yves Giraud-Cabantous, Pierre Levegh and Clemente Biondetti did not start, the race was dominated from start to finish by Juan Manuel Fangio, who scored his first ever victory in a World Championship event, driving an Alfa Romeo. The starting grid consisted of alternating rows of three and two, starting with three on the front row and continuing up to two on the 8th row. The first two rows of the grid (positions 1 to 5) were made up of the fastest five drivers from the Thursday qualifying session, with the remaining positions based on the other 16 drivers' times in the second session on the Saturday. This format meant that Luigi Villoresi started 6th, despite his time being fast enough for 2nd place on the grid.

Thanks to an accident in practice, Alfredo Piàn did not start the race, with Peter Whitehead another non-starter. The race was marred by a large pile-up during the first lap, when a wave from the harbour flooded the track at Tabac Corner. Nino Farina in 2nd, spun and crashed while Fangio managed to escape the chaos. Those who were behind them tried to stop or avoid the carnage, but eight more drivers (from a field of 19 drivers) crashed and retired. None of them was injured, but José Froilán González, who damaged his Maserati in the pile-up but was subsequently running second, crashed during the second lap. His car caught fire and he suffered burns. The race went on with many cars going off at Tabac Corner, nearly causing other accidents. Ferrari driver Luigi Villoresi charged his way from the back of the field after being delayed by the pile-up, but did not finish.

Harry Schell's Cooper was the first rear-engined car to start in a championship race.

Entries

No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Template:Flagicon José Froilán González Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
4 Template:Flagicon Alfredo Piàn Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
6 Template:Flagicon Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
8 Template:Flagicon Harry Schell Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper Cooper T12 JAP 1.1 V2 Template:Dunlop
10 Template:Flagicon Robert Manzon Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s Template:Englebert
12 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s Template:Englebert
14 Template:Flagicon Philippe Étancelin Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
16 Template:Flagicon Louis Rosier Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
18 Template:Flagicon Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
20 Template:Flagicon Yves Giraud-Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
22 Template:Flagicon Pierre Levegh Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot 23CV 4.5 L6 Template:Dunlop
24 Template:Flagicon Cuth Harrison Cuth Harrison ERA ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s Template:Dunlop
26 Template:Flagicon Bob Gerard Bob Gerard ERA ERA A ERA 1.5 L6s Template:Dunlop
28 Template:Flagicon Peter Whitehead Peter Whitehead Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s Template:Dunlop
32 Template:Flagicon Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s Template:Pirelli
34 Template:Flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s Template:Pirelli
36 Template:Flagicon Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s Template:Pirelli
38 Template:Flagicon Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s Template:Pirelli
40 Template:Flagicon Alberto Ascari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s Template:Pirelli
42 Template:Flagicon Raymond Sommer Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s Template:Pirelli
44 Template:Flagicon Franco Rol Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
46 Template:Flagicon Clemente Biondetti Scuderia Milano Maserati Maserati 4CLT-50 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
48 Template:Flagicon Louis Chiron Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
50 Template:Flagicon Prince Bira Enrico Platé Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
52 Template:Flagicon Toulo de Graffenried Maserati Maserati 4CLT-48 Maserati 4 CL 1.5 L4s Template:Pirelli
54 Template:Flagicon André SimonTemplate:Ref Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s Template:Englebert
Sources:
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Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 34 Template:Flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 1:50.2
2 32 Template:Flagicon Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 1:52.8 + 2.6
3 2 Template:Flagicon José Froilán González Maserati 1:53.7 + 3.5
4 14 Template:Flagicon Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:54.1 + 3.9
5 36 Template:Flagicon Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 1:54.2 + 4.0
6 38 Template:Flagicon Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 1:52.3 + 2.1
7 40 Template:Flagicon Alberto Ascari Ferrari 1:53.8 + 3.6
8 48 Template:Flagicon Louis Chiron Maserati 1:56.3 + 6.1
9 42 Template:Flagicon Raymond Sommer Ferrari 1:56.6 + 6.4
10 16 Template:Flagicon Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 1:57.7 + 7.5
11 10 Template:Flagicon Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 2:00.4 + 10.2
12 52 Template:Flagicon Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 2:00.7 + 10.5
13 12 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 2:01.4 + 11.2
14 24 Template:Flagicon Cuth Harrison ERA 2:01.6 + 11.4
15 50 Template:Flagicon Prince Bira Maserati 2:02.2 + 12.0
16 26 Template:Flagicon Bob Gerard ERA 2:03.4 + 13.2
17 44 Template:Flagicon Franco Rol Maserati 2:04.5 + 14.3
18 4 Template:Flagicon Alfredo Piàn Maserati No time
19 6 Template:Flagicon Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2:12.0 + 21.8
20 8 Template:Flagicon Harry Schell Cooper-JAP No time
21 28 Template:Flagicon Peter Whitehead Ferrari No time
DNA 18 Template:Flagicon Charles Pozzi Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 20 Template:Flagicon Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 22 Template:Flagicon Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot
DNA 46 Template:Flagicon Clemente Biondetti Maserati

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 34 Template:Flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 100 3:13:18.7 1 9
2 40 Template:Flagicon Alberto Ascari Ferrari 99 + 1 Lap 7 6
3 48 Template:Flagicon Louis Chiron Maserati 98 + 2 Laps 8 4
4 42 Template:Flagicon Raymond Sommer Ferrari 97 + 3 Laps 9 3
5 50 Template:Flagicon Prince Bira Maserati 95 + 5 Laps 15 2
6 26 Template:Flagicon Bob Gerard ERA 94 + 6 Laps 16  
7 6 Template:Flagicon Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 94 + 6 Laps 19  
Ret 38 Template:Flagicon Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 63 Rear Axle 6  
Ret 14 Template:Flagicon Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 38 Oil leak 4  
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon José Froilán González Maserati 1 Accident 3  
Ret 32 Template:Flagicon Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 2  
Ret 36 Template:Flagicon Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 5  
Ret 16 Template:Flagicon Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 0 Accident 10  
Ret 10 Template:Flagicon Robert Manzon Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 11  
Ret 52 Template:Flagicon Toulo de Graffenried Maserati 0 Accident 12  
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Maurice Trintignant Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 13  
Ret 24 Template:Flagicon Cuth Harrison ERA 0 Accident 14  
Ret 44 Template:Flagicon Franco Rol Maserati 0 Accident 17  
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Harry Schell Cooper-JAP 0 Collision 20  
DNS 28 Template:Flagicon Peter Whitehead Ferrari Engine 21  
DNS 4 Template:Flagicon Alfredo Piàn Maserati Practice accident 18  

Notes

Drivers:

  • First Formula 1 win in history for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First Pole for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First fastest lap for Juan Manuel Fangio
  • First Formula 1 podium finish for Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari and Reg Parnell
  • First Formula 1 points for Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Reg Parnell, Raymond Sommer and Prince Bira

Teams:

  • First race in Formula 1 for Scuderia Ferrari, Simca Gordini and Cooper
  • First podium finish for Scuderia Ferrari and Maserati
  • First points for Scuderia Ferrari
  • First Grand Chelem in Formula One history (pole, fastest lap, win and lead every lap).
  • First Formula 1 Race for Alberto Ascari, Raymond Sommer, Luigi Villoresi, Jose Froilan Gonzalez, Robert Manzon, Maurice Trintignant, Franco Rol, Herry Schell, Peter Whitehead and Alfredo Pian

Circuit:

  • First Formula 1 Race in Monaco

Drivers' Championship standings after the race

Pos Driver Points
10px 1 Template:Flagicon Giuseppe Farina 9
10px 11 2 Template:Flagicon Juan Manuel Fangio 9
10px 1 3 Template:Flagicon Luigi Fagioli 6
10px 18 4 Template:Flagicon Alberto Ascari 6
10px 8 5 Template:Flagicon Louis Chiron 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References

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