Italian GP 1950
SEPTEMBER 3, 1950
Italian GP, 1950
There was a two-month break after the French GP before the final round of the World Championship at Monza. In that time the Alfa Romeo domination had continued in non-championship races at Bari, Geneva, Pescara and in the International Trophy at Silverstone. The Ferraris had been beaten in Holland by Talbot Lago and then Gigi Villoresi suffered serious injuries in Geneva and so was out of action for the Italian GP.
The new 4.5-liter Ferrari 375 appeared in the hands of Dorino Serafini and Alberto Ascari. The Alfas were driven as usual by Giuseppe Farina, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli although there were two other 158s for Piero Taruffi and Consalvo Sanesi.
The rest of the field was made up of the usual Talbot Lagos and Maseratis although the factory Talbot team was not there. There were a couple of Simca-Gordinis for Maurice Trintignant and Robert Manzon and a curious Ferrari-Jaguar driven by Clemente Biondetti.
Practice saw Fangio beating Ascari's Ferrari with the front row completed by Farina and an impressive Sanesi. The second row of the 4-4-4 grid featured Fagioli, Serafini, Taruffi and Raymond Sommer in the first Talbot Lago. Although eighth on the grid Sommer was 10secs a lap slower than Fangio.
The race saw the first serious challenge to Alfa Romeo in a World Championship event with Ascari battling with Fangio and Farina. After 21 laps Ascari retired with an overheating engine and Fangio went out soon afterwards with a gearbox problem. He later took over Taruffi's car but this also retired.
|1||10||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo 158||80||2h51m17.400s||3|
|2=||48||Dorino Serafini||Ferrari 375||6|
|2=||48||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari 375||80||2h52m36.000s|
|3||36||Luigi Fagioli||Alfa Romeo 158||80||2h52m53.000s||5|
|4||58||Louis Rosier||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||75||13|
|5||24||Philippe Etancelin||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||75||16|
|6||38||Emmanuel de Graffenried||Maserati 4CLT/48||72||17|
|7||8||Peter Whitehead||Ferrari 125||72||18|
|r||50||David Murray||Maserati 4CLT/48||56||Gearbox||24|
|r||32||Cuth Harrison||ERA B||51||Radiator||21|
|r||12||Raymond Sommer||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||48||Gearbox||8|
|r||40||Guy Mairesse||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||42||11|
|r||4||Franco Rol||Maserati 4CLT/48||39||9|
|r=||60||Piero Taruffi||Alfa Romeo 158||7|
|r=||60||Juan-Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo 158||34||Engine|
|r||56||Pierre Levegh||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||29||20|
|r||18||Juan-Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo 158||23||Gearbox||1|
|r||2||Johnny Claes||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C||22||Overheating||22|
|r||16||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari 375||21||Engine||2|
|r||22||Clemente Biondetti||Ferrari-Jaguar 166S||17||Engine||25|
|r||64||Henri Louveau||Talbot Lago-Talbot T26C-GS||16||14|
|r||62||Gianfranco Comotti||Maserati Milano 4CLT/50||15||26|
|r||6||Louis Chiron||Maserati 4CLT/48||13||Engine||19|
|r||42||Maurice Trintignant||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||13||Mechanical||12|
|r||46||Consalvo Sanesi||Alfa Romeo 158||11||Engine||4|
|r||44||Robert Manzon||Simca Gordini-Gordini T15||7||Transmission||10|
|r||30||Prince Bira||Maserati 4CLT/48||1||Engine||15|
|r||28||Paul Pietsch||Maserati 4CLT/48||0||Engine||27|