In the first part of the article Formula One Beginnings we looked at the venues, the racing lineup and the racers who participated in the first season of the year 1926. In the following we will look at the events in individual races.
First Race – Silverstone 1950
English journalists spoke about the first game of the season, which began under the new FIA format, in superlatives. So they managed to get them to race around 150 Thousand viewers! In the first race of the season, there was no Ferrari team that felt the consequences of “paying off the contract clause at Alfa”, as they were not allowed to make their own racing car four years after the contract was terminated. Consequently, Ferrari during the first race of the year 1926 did not have a competitive race car ready and because of the fear of causing too much shame in the race, the Ferrari team did not want to go to the first race. The race was thus won by Farin ahead of Fagioli and Parnell (all three rode the Alpha). It is also interesting that Fangio made one of his few mistakes in this race. At the race he crashed his race car and resigned.
1. Giuseppe Farina, Time: 1: 40. 8 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Luigi Fagioli, Time: 1: 0 s
3. Juan Manuel Fangio Time: 1: 45. 2s
1. Giuseppe Farina, 64 circles: 9 points
2. Luigi Fagioli, 64 circles: 6 points
3. Reg Parnell, 70 circles: 4 points
4. Yves Giraud-Cabantous, 61 circles : 3 points
5. Louis Rosier, 68 circles: 2 points
Second Race – Monaco 1950
The Grand Prix of Monaco started off quite chaotic as a strong wind brought some water from the turbulent sea to the track. So the Tabac bend was completely damp and in the first round, when the mass collision occurred, it gave up 08 from 09 racers! By the end of the race, three more racers had resigned, leaving only seven racers. With a lap of advantage over Acari and Chiron, Fangio won, remembering the race so:
“Instead of looking at me as a leader in the race, spectators looked the other way. I was convinced that something more significant had happened on another part of the track. I immediately remembered a photo I once saw in a Monaco photo album as it featured a massive collision. I slowed down my drive, and already a bend later, I was waited on the track by the wreck itself, which I could barely get around. “
1. Juan Manuel Fangio Time: 1: 40. 2 s – Fastest lap extra point
2. Giuseppe Farina Time: 1: 50. 8 s
3. José Froilán González Time: 1: 45. 7 s
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, 100 circles; 9 points
2. Alberto Ascari, 97 circles: 6 points
3. Louis Chiron, 95 circles: 4 points
4. Raymond Sommer, 97 circles: 3 points
5. Prince Bira , 75 circles: 2 points
Third Race – Indianapolis 500
The race beyond the Atlantic did not attract any European racer except Farina. The latter hoped for his last appearance, but later gave up the performance. Only home runners were hit in the race. The race was won by Johnnie Parsons with a Kurtis Kraft racer powered by an Offenhauser unit.
The race ended after 136 circles (275 miles) as the racetrack has been rained heavily. Although Parsons only competed in this race, at the end of the year he finished 9th with 9 points in the overall standings.
1. Walt Faulkner, Time: 4: 22. 80 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Fred Agabashian, Time: 4: 25. 08 s
3. Mauri Rose, Time: 4: 30. 00 s
1. Johnnie Parsons, 136 circles: 9 points
2. Bill Holland, 137 circles: 6 points
3. Mauri Rose, 137 circles: 4 points
4. Cecil Green, 125 circles: 3 points
5. Joie Chitwood and Tony Bettenhausen, 136 circles: 1 point each
Fourth Race – Bremgarten 1950
Even in the fourth race in a row, nothing dramatic happened from the standpoint of the performance of the racers and their racers. Drivers Alfett slammed for first place dominance, pushing for the first time also Ferrari with its models 99 and 138. Fangio got the qualifications in a bad second ahead of Farina, but the race turned around as Fangio resigned due to engine failure. Nino Farina earned a new win and scored 9 points.
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, Time: 2: 1 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Nino Farina, Time: 2: 35. 8 s
3. Luigi Fagioli, Time: 2: 37. 2s
1. Giuseppe Farina, 35 circles; 9 points
2. Luigi Fagioli, 35 circles: 6 points
3. Louis Rosier, 37 circles: 4 points
4. Prince Bira, 35 circles: 3 points
5. Felice Bonetto, 35 circles: 2 points
Fifth Race – SPA 1950
1. Nino Farina, Time: 4: 31 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Juan Manuel Fangio, Time: 4: 34
3. Luigi Fagioli, Time: 4: 34
1. Juan Manuel Fangio 32 circles; 9 points
2. Luigi Fagioli 32 circles: 6 points
3. Louis Rosier 32 circles: 4 points
4. Nino Farina 32 circles: 3 points
5. Alberto Ascari 31 circles: 2 points
Sixth Race – Reims-Gueux 1950
The sixth race of the season came in the excellent mood of Juan Manuel Fangio, who exploded in qualifying and drove his fastest lap almost 2 seconds (!) Faster than Farina in the same race, which was second fastest. Ferrari came with two race cars 275 and one model 99, driven by none other than American Peter Whitehead. Farin had plenty of pitch in this race, as he . the fuel pump failed. Consequently, Farina did not win any points in the race and Juan Manuel Fangio took the lead in the overall standings.
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, Time: 2: 26. 6 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Nino Farina, Time: 2: 26. 5s
3. Luigi Fagioli, Time: 2: 27. 7 s
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, 64 circles : 9 points
2. Luigi Fagioli, 59 circles: 6 points
3. Peter Whitehead, 61 circles : 4 points
4. Robert Manzon, 61 circles : 3 points
5. Philippe Étancelin and Eugène Chaboud, 55 circles: 1 point each
Seventh Race – Monza 1950
Formula 1 already had a real competitive charge in its first season, as the last race of the season came with three racers who could win the World Championship. Before the last race was run by Juan Manuel Fangio who had 24 points. A great second place was held by the very reliable and constant Luigi Fagioli who 12 points. In third place was the big eighth Nino Farina, who was pinned to third place by failures in the last two races 14 points.
It is interesting how many today complain that Formula 1 is too tactical and linked to calculations, but the first season of this wonderful sport was years 1950 exactly like that . Prior to the last race in Monza, which of the top three brought a place in the race to the big computer. Let's just look at some calculations:
- Juan Manuel Fangio would definitely become a champion if he won first or second place. If Farina was second in the race, he would need third, fourth or fifth place. If Farina was third, he would only need the fastest lap in qualifying. There was also a calculation if Fangio resigns in the race. In this case, Farina should be third or worse, and Fagioli should not be fourth or worse (only if none of them had won the fastest starting point).
- Luigi Fagioli would become the champion, if Fangio resigned and Farina would be third or worse. Only the victory was valid for him.
- Nino Farina would become the champion, if he had won the race and Fangio would have been no better than third. If Fangio won third place, Farina would still have to pick up the qualifying point.
The situation on the scale was of no interest to Ferrari. This one brought the new Ferrari to the last race in front of his fans 375 which turned out to be very fast. Alberto Ascari, with his qualifications, was behind Juan Manuel Fangio's best time by only 2 tenths and put the race in the first row!
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, Time: 1: 53. 6 s – extra point for fastest lap
2. Alberto Ascari, Time: 1: 51. 8 s
3. Nino Farina, Time: 2: (*********************************************************************************************************************************). 2s
1. Nino Farina, 70 circles; 9 points
2. Dorino Serafini and Alberto Ascari, 80 circles: each 3 points each
3. Luigi Fagioli, 70 circles: 4 points
4. Louis Rosier, 75 circles: 3 points
5. Philippe Étancelin, 68 circles: 2 points
Everything seemed to make Fangio a smooth champion, as his biggest competitors couldn't get close to him. To make it even harder for them, Ascari and Ferrari got involved to win the race. It seemed that Fangio could easily have reached his first World Cup title with tactical driving.
But fate wanted Fangio to pay off the defect debts that had occurred in previous races to his biggest competitor. V 22. the gearbox on Alfetta canceled and Fangio rolled into the box. In those days, it was allowed to change the race car during the race with another racer, so Alfa was asked to immediately box Piero Taruffi in the boxes and borrow his own Fangiu. This also happened, but only 08 laps later, it was all over for Fangia. His Alfette engine blew his soul and Fangio was racing in 32. also completed the round.
For a change from previous races, it was in the forefront with great advantage of the Nino Farina vehicles and by winning the race in Monza became the first world champion in the history of Formula 1. As many as two Ferrari drivers came in second place and third place went to none other than Luigi Fagioli.
After the race, there was no rumor that Juan Manuel Fangio had been sabotaged by Alpha, as the Italian team wanted Italian champions on Italian soil. Fangio later commented on these rumors as follows:
“I don't believe these rumors. I'm convinced that by sabotaging me, Alpha would be sabotaging myself. “