Belgian GP 1950
JUNE 18, 1950
Belgian GP, 1950
The fifth World Championship event within five weeks, the Belgian GP followed on the heels of the British, Monaco, Indianapolis and Swiss races and the toll was beginning to tell with only 14 cars arriving at Spa.
These included the dominant Alfa Romeos of Giuseppe Farina, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli. Ferrari was down to two 125s for Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari - although Ascari had a new V12 engine to try out.
Farina and Fangio were fastest as usual in practice with Fagioli unable to match them. Sommer split the Ferraris in his old Talbot Lago. The race would be a similar story: the Alfas went off on their own and Sommer battled with the two Ferraris. When the Alfas stopped for fuel Sommer found himself in the unlikely position of being race leader. Unfortunately his engine blew up.
Ascari took the lead but he had to stop for fuel and that meant that the Alfas went ahead again with Fangio leading Farina and Fagioli. Farina suffered transmission trouble in the closing laps and dropped to fourth behind the best of the surviving Talbot Lagos being driven by Rosier. Ascari finished fifth.
|1||10||Juan-Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo 158||35||2h47m26.000s||2|
|2||12||Luigi Fagioli||Alfa Romeo 158||35||2h47m40.000s||3|
|3||14||Louis Rosier||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA||35||2h49m45.000s||8|
|4||8||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo 158||35||2h51m31.000s||1|
|5||4||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari 125/275||34||6|
|6||2||Luigi Villoresi||Ferrari 125||33||4|
|7||22||Pierre Levegh||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||33||10|
|8||24||Johnny Claes||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||32||14|
|9||26||Geoffrey Crossley||Alta GP||30||12|
|10||30||Antonio Branca||Maserati 4CL||29||11|
|r||20||Eugene Chaboud||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||22||Engine||13|
|r||6||Raymond Sommer||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||20||Engine||5|
|r||16||Philippe Etancelin||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA||15||Overheating||7|
|r||18||Yves Giraud-Cabantous||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-DA||2||Engine||9|