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{{Infobox Race
 
{{Infobox Race
|flag = MON
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| flag = MON
|season = 1950
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| season = 1950
|race = 2
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| race = 2
|image = CircuitdeMonaco1950.png
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| image = Monte Carlo 648.svg
|imagesize = 240px
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| imagesize = 240px
|caption = The 1950 Monaco Circuit
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| caption = The 1950 Monaco Circuit
|date = May 21
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| date = May 21
|officialname = XI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
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| officialname = XI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
|circuit = Circuit de Monaco
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| circuit = Circuit de Monaco
|location = Monaco, Monte Carlo
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| location = Monaco, Monte Carlo
|circuittype = Temporary Street Circuit
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| circuittype = Temporary Street Circuit
|lapdistance = 3.181
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| lapdistance = 3.181
|laps = 100
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| laps = 100
|distance = 318.1
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| distance = 318.1
|pole = Juan Manuel Fangio
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| pole = Juan Manuel Fangio
|polenation = ARG
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| polenation = ARG
|poleteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| poleteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
|poletime = 1:50.2
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| poletime = 1:50.2
|fastestlap = 1:51.0
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| fastestlap = 1:51.0
|fastestlapdriver = Juan Manuel Fangio
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| fastestlapdriver = Juan Manuel Fangio
|fastestlapnation = ARG
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| fastestlapnation = ARG
|fastestlapteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| fastestlapteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
|fastestlapnumber =
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| fastestlapnumber = 24
|winner = Juan Manuel Fangio
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| winner = Juan Manuel Fangio
|winnernation = ARG
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| winnernation = ARG
|winnerteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| winnerteam = {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
|second = Alberto Ascari
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| second = Alberto Ascari
|secondteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
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| secondteam = {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
|secondnation = ITA
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| secondnation = ITA
|third = Louis Chiron
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| third = Louis Chiron
|thirdteam = {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
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| thirdteam = {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
|thirdnation = MON
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| thirdnation = MON
 
}}
 
}}
The '''1950 Monaco Grand Prix''' was the second race of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in {{F1|1950}}. The 100-lap race took place on [[May 21]] 1950 and was won by [[Juan Manuel Fangio]] [[Grand Chelem|from lights to flag]]. Fangio also set the fastest lap, thus completing the second [[hat-trick]] in Formula One history, in the second race.
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The '''1950 Monaco Grand Prix''' was the second race of the inaugural [[Formula One|Formula One World Championship]] in {{F1|1950}}. The 100-lap race took place on [[May 21|21 May]] 1950 and was won by [[Juan Manuel Fangio]] [[Grand Chelem|from lights to flag]]. Fangio also set the fastest lap, thus completing the second [[Grand Chelem]] in Formula One history, in the second race.
   
== Background ==
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==Background==
1950 saw a return to the calendar for the Monaco Grand Prix, the event had seen a year's absence from the grand prix calendar following the death of Prince Louis II in 1949. The last race in 1948 had been won by Giuseppe Farina, the Alfa Romeo driver having also just came off the backbone of his victory at Silverstone one week earlier. Monaco had one representive for its nation in the race, Louis Chiron, the Monagasque veteran would be participating for Maserati in the race. There was talk of Chiron taking a one-off drive at Alfa Romeo, the home favourite was a popular candidate and would be in prime position for the potential for a second home win, adding to his Monaco victory from way back in 1931. However Alfa Romeo opted to stick with its regular line-up of Farina, Fangio and Fagioli, although the team did name Chiron as reserve driver if something were to happen to their regular line-up.
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The [[Monaco Grand Prix]] had returned to the grid after a year's absence from the calendar following the death of the city-state's prince, Louis II. After a year of mourning, Prince Rainier III welcomed the grand prix circus back to the principality.
   
The Monaco race would see the debut of manufacturers, Ferrari and Simca-Gordini in the world championship. Ferrari had snubbed the opening round of the championship at Silverstone, the team feeling the prize money provided was not worth competing over, Enzo Ferrari placing greater value of a minor Formula Two race at Mons over the World Championship debut event. Following the Alfa Romeo domination at Silverstone, the Ferrari drivers of Luigi Villoresi, Alberto Ascari and Raymond Sommer were believed to be the only true rivals to the Alfa's strength. Aside from the works Ferrari's, Peter Whitehead would enter his privately owned Ferrari 125 to enter for the event.
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The last race in 1948 had been won by Giuseppe Farina, the Alfa Romeo driver who had also had the pleasure of winning the opening round of the championship at Silverstone. Monaco had one representive for its nation in the race, Louis Chiron, the local favourite would be participating for the Maserati works. There was talk of Chiron taking a one-off drive at Alfa Romeo, if possible the Monagasque would be in prime position for the potential for a second home win, adding to his Monaco victory from way back in 1931. However Alfa Romeo opted to stick with its regular line-up of Farina, Fangio and Fagioli, although the team did name Chiron as their reserve driver for the weekend.
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The Monaco race would see the debut of manufacturers, Ferrari and Simca-Gordini in the world championship. Ferrari had snubbed the opening round of the championship at Silverstone, the team feeling the Brits prize money was insignificant, Enzo Ferrari placing greater value of a minor Formula Two race at Mons over the World Championship debut event. Following the Alfa Romeo domination at Silverstone, the Ferrari drivers of Luigi Villoresi, Alberto Ascari and Raymond Sommer were believed to be the only true rivals to the Alfa's strength. Aside from the works Ferrari's, Peter Whitehead would enter his privately owned Ferrari 125 to enter for the event. The Ferrari 125 was believed to be the only car capable of matching the Alfa's. It had been the strongest car throughout 1949 in the absence of the Alfa Romeo's following their withdrawal. However despite its speed it had yet to test itself against the mighty Alfa's. To make matters worse for Ferrari, the 125's lead designer, Gioacchino Colombo, had left the team to defect to Alfa Romeo upon their return in 1950. In response to this, the new lead designer for Ferrari, Aurelio Lampredi, had taken Colombo's promising your apprentice engineer Valerio Colotti for his own and had began designing a new Ferrari V12 engine to replace the current model of the 125.
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The other manufacturer to debut at Monaco was the Simca-Gordini outfit. The minor French manufacturer was expected to be a solid midfield team with Maurice Trintignant, André Simon and Robert Manzon racing at their helm. Simon, however would cancel his entry prior to the beginning of the event. After a disappointing run in Silverstone, the major French manufacturer had scaled back its works team to fielding only Yves-Giraud Cabantous, although Philippe Étancelin, Louis Rosier, Pierre Levegh, Charles Pozzi and Johnny Claes would continue to compete in the modern T26C's as privateer racers.
 
The other manufacturer to debut at Monaco was the Simca-Gordini outfit. The minor French manufacturer was expected to be a solid midfield team with Maurice Trintignant, André Simon and Robert Manzon racing at their helm. Simon, however would cancel his entry prior to the beginning of the event. After a disappointing run in Silverstone, the major French manufacturer had scaled back its works team to fielding only Yves-Giraud Cabantous, although Philippe Étancelin, Louis Rosier, Pierre Levegh, Charles Pozzi and Johnny Claes would continue to compete in the modern T26C's as privateer racers.
   
Louis Chiron and Franco Rol continued as the works Maserati drivers whilst privateer team, Scuderia Achille Varzi made their debut with Maserati machinery. The youthful Argentine, José Froilán González, had joined the team as successor to Juan Manuel Fangio's place in the team and alongside him was Alfredo Piàn. The Enrico Platé squad continued with Prince Bira and Baron de Graffenried as their drivers, whilst Clemente Biondetti was also racing a Maserati 4CLT, albeit the car had been modified by his team, Scuderia Milano.
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Louis Chiron and Franco Rol continued as the works Maserati drivers whilst privateer team, Scuderia Achille Varzi made their debut with Maserati machinery. The Argentine run outfit, named in tribute of the great Achille Varzi, had been funded by the Automobil Club of Argentina and had allowed Juan Manuel Fangio to find success the previoys tyear. The youthful Argentine, José Froilán González, had joined the team as successor to Fangio's whilst alongside him was another great Argentine veteran, Alfredo Piàn. The Enrico Platé squad continued with Prince Bira and Baron de Graffenried as their drivers, whilst Clemente Biondetti was also racing a Maserati 4CLT, albeit the car had been modified by his team, Scuderia Milano.
   
Bob Gerard and Cuth Harrison would also participate as minor privateers, the duo competing in old A and B Type ERA machinery. Notably making his grand prix debut was American, Harry Schell. Schell would notably debut with a Cooper car designed for Formula Two and Formula Three racing, the small nimble Cooper was powered by a JAP motorcycle engine. It was also notably the first car in Formula One in which the engine manufacturer and chassis design had been built independently from one another.
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Bob Gerard and Cuth Harrison would also participate as minor privateers, the duo competing in old A and B Type ERA machinery. Notably making his grand prix debut was American, Harry Schell. Schell would notably debut with a Cooper car designed for Formula Two and Formula Three racing, the small nimble Cooper was powered by a JAP motorcycle engine. It was also notably the first car in Formula One in which the engine manufacturer and chassis design had been built independently from one another.
   
==Qualifying==
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==Entry list==
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size:80%"
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! No.
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! Driver
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! Entrant
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! Constructor
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! Chassis
  +
! Engine
  +
! Model
  +
! Tyre
  +
|-
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| 2
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| {{ARG}} [[José Froilán González]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Achille Varzi]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|4CLT/48]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
  +
| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
  +
|-
  +
| 4
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| {{ARG}} [[Alfredo Piàn]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Achille Varzi]]
  +
| {{Maserati-CON}}
  +
| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|4CLT/48]]
  +
| {{Maserati-CON}}
  +
| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
  +
| {{Pirelli}}
  +
|-
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| 6
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| {{BEL}} [[Johnny Claes]]
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| {{BEL}} [[Ecurie Belge]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
  +
| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
  +
| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 8
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| {{USA}} [[Harry Schell]]
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| {{USA}} [[Horschell Racing Corporation]]
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| {{Cooper-CON}}
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| [[Cooper T12|T12]]
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| {{JAP-ENG}}
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| 1.1 [[V2]]
  +
| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 10
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| {{FRA}} [[Robert Manzon]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Gordini|Equipe Gordini]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
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| [[Simca-Gordini T15|T15]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
  +
| 15C 1.4 [[L4]]s
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| {{Englebert}}
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|-
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| 12
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| {{FRA}} [[Maurice Trintignant]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Gordini|Equipe Gordini]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
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| [[Simca-Gordini T15|T15]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
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| 15C 1.4 [[L4]]s
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| {{Englebert}}
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|-
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| 14
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| {{FRA}} [[Philippe Étancelin]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Philippe Étancelin]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 16
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| {{FRA}} [[Louis Rosier]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Ecurie Rosier]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 18
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| {{FRA}} [[Charles Pozzi]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Ecurie Rosier]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 20
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| {{FRA}} [[Yves Giraud-Cabantous]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Talbot-Lago|Automobiles Talbot Darracq]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 22
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| {{FRA}} [[Pierre Levegh]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Pierre Levegh]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| [[Talbot-Lago T26C|T26C]]
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| {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
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| 23CV 4.5 [[L6]]
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 24
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| {{GBR}} [[Cuth Harrison]]
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| {{GBR}} [[Cuth Harrison]]
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| {{ERA-CON}}
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| [[ERA B|B]]
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| {{ERA-CON}}
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| 1.5 [[L6]]s
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 26
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| {{GBR}} [[Bob Gerard]]
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| {{GBR}} [[Bob Gerard]]
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| {{ERA-CON}}
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| [[ERA A|A]]
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| {{ERA-CON}}
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| 1.5 [[L6]]s
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 28
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| {{GBR}} [[Peter Whitehead]]
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| {{GBR}} [[Peter Whitehead]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
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| [[Ferrari 125|125]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
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| 125 F1 1.5 [[V12]]s
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| {{Dunlop}}
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|-
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| 32
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| {{ITA}} [[Giuseppe Farina]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Alfa Romeo|Alfa Romeo SpA]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| [[Alfa Romeo 158|158]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| 159 LBC 1.5 [[L8]]s
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|  {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 34
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| {{ARG}} [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Alfa Romeo|Alfa Romeo SpA]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| [[Alfa Romeo 158|158]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| 159 LBC 1.5 [[L8]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 36
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| {{ITA}} [[Luigi Fagioli]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Alfa Romeo|Alfa Romeo SpA]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| [[Alfa Romeo 158|158]]
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| {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
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| 159 LBC 1.5 [[L8]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 38
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| {{ITA}} [[Luigi Villoresi]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Ferrari]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}} 
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| [[Ferrari 125|125]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
  +
| 125 F1 1.5 [[V12]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 40
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| {{ITA}} [[Alberto Ascari]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Ferrari]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
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| [[Ferrari 125|125]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
  +
| 125 F1 1.5 [[V12]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 42
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| {{FRA}} [[Raymond Sommer]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Ferrari]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
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| [[Ferrari 125|125]]
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| {{Ferrari-CON}}
  +
| 125 F1 1.5 [[V12]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 44
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| {{ITA}} [[Franco Rol]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Maserati|Officine Alfieri Maserati]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|48]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 46
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| {{ITA}} [[Clemente Biondetti]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Scuderia Milano]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/50|50]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 48
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| {{MON}} [[Louis Chiron]]
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| {{ITA}} [[Maserati|Officine Alfieri Maserati]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|48]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 50
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| {{THA}} [[Prince Bira]]
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| {{SUI}} [[Enrico Platé]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|48]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 52
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| {{SUI}} [[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]
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| {{SUI}} [[Enrico Platé]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| [[Maserati 4CLT/48|48]]
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| {{Maserati-CON}}
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| 4CL 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Pirelli}}
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|-
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| 54
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| {{FRA}} [[André Simon]]
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| {{FRA}} [[Gordini|Equipe Gordini]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
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| [[Simca-Gordini T15|T15]]
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| {{Simca-Gordini}}
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| 15C 1.5 [[L4]]s
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| {{Englebert}}
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|-
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|}
   
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==Qualifying==
 
===Qualifying Report===
 
===Qualifying Report===
 
 
In order to increase competition for the qualifying sessions, the event organisers decreed the first five grid positions would be allocated to the first five fastest cars in the first timed practice sessions. This decision had caught Ferrari unawares, the works team had not planned to arrive at the circuit until the Saturday qualifying sessions. This provided a huge advantage for Alfa Romeo with their main rivals unable to secure a position in the top five grid slots, Fangio ran excellently to take pole, his time being 2.6 seconds faster than teammate Farina's best time. Fagioli appeared to be struggling in his Alfa and could not better his two teammates. In fact, the old Italian veteran was pushed down to fifth, young gun, José Froilán González had managed to put his Maserati third on the grid in his first grand prix qualifying. Philippe Étancelin had also done well to put his private Talbot-Lago into fourth. Fagioli who was struggling bounced back on the second day of qualifying, his time being good enough for second on the grid, however his poor run on Friday had meant he would have to start from fifth.
 
In order to increase competition for the qualifying sessions, the event organisers decreed the first five grid positions would be allocated to the first five fastest cars in the first timed practice sessions. This decision had caught Ferrari unawares, the works team had not planned to arrive at the circuit until the Saturday qualifying sessions. This provided a huge advantage for Alfa Romeo with their main rivals unable to secure a position in the top five grid slots, Fangio ran excellently to take pole, his time being 2.6 seconds faster than teammate Farina's best time. Fagioli appeared to be struggling in his Alfa and could not better his two teammates. In fact, the old Italian veteran was pushed down to fifth, young gun, José Froilán González had managed to put his Maserati third on the grid in his first grand prix qualifying. Philippe Étancelin had also done well to put his private Talbot-Lago into fourth. Fagioli who was struggling bounced back on the second day of qualifying, his time being good enough for second on the grid, however his poor run on Friday had meant he would have to start from fifth.
   
When Ferrari arrived for the second timed session, their times meant they were running competitively, however neither Villoresi, Ascari or Sommer could beat the top three of Fangio, Farina and surprisingly González's Maserati. There absence from the first session meant Villoresi and Ascari would start from sixth and seventh whilst Sommer had been bumped down to ninth when local hero, Louis Chiron put in a strong time to put his car into eighth. Rounding out the top ten was Louis Rosier's Talbot-Lago.
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When Ferrari arrived for the second timed session, their times meant they were running competitively, however neither Villoresi, Ascari or Sommer could beat the top three of Fangio, Farina and surprisingly González's Maserati. Their absence from the first session meant Villoresi and Ascari would start from sixth and seventh whilst Sommer had been bumped down to ninth when local hero, Louis Chiron put in a strong time to put his car into eighth. Rounding out the top ten was Louis Rosier's Talbot-Lago.
   
Robert Manzon was the fastest Simca-Gordini in eleventh ahead of De Graffenried's Maserati and his teammate Maurice Trintignant. Cuth Harrison was fourteenth ahead of a disappointed Prince Bira in fifteenth. Bob Gerard in his old ERA A Type was sixteenth ahead of Franco Rol and Johnny Claes. Whilst González had impressed for Scuderia Achille Varzi, his teammate Alfredo Piàn had also been running well. In unofficial practice he had put in times fast enough for sixth on the grid, but at the end of the session he had spun his Maserati on oil and crashed against the guard rail. Piàn sustained leg injuries and subsequently could not participate in the race, the team's expectations being pinned solely on González.
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Robert Manzon was the fastest Simca-Gordini in eleventh ahead of De Graffenried's Maserati and his teammate Maurice Trintignant. Cuth Harrison was fourteenth ahead of a disappointed Prince Bira in fifteenth. Bob Gerard in his old ERA A Type was sixteenth ahead of Franco Rol and Johnny Claes. Whilst González had impressed for Scuderia Achille Varzi, his teammate Alfredo Piàn had also been running well. In unofficial practice he had put in times fast enough for sixth on the grid, but at the end of the session he had spun his Maserati on oil and crashed against the guard rail. Piàn sustained a broken leg and subsequently could not participate in the race, the team's expectations being pinned solely on González.
   
 
Yves-Giraud Cabantous's Talbot-Lago had significant mechanical troubles which saw him participate in none of the practice sessions at the circuit, the problems were so bad he was forced to withdraw his entry to the event. The withdrawal of Cabantous meant Talbot-Lago had no works entry for the race, the manufacturer having to rely on its privateers to represent its presence in the race. Peter Whitehead also withdrew his private Ferrari when he suffered three engine failures in rapid succession during practice, the costs being too high to maintain an entry into the race. The entry's of Charles Pozzi and Clemente Biondetti were also removed when they failed to turn up to the event. Harry Schell in his little JAP engined Cooper had experienced multiple problems during practice, he had failed to set a lap time in either timed session, however he vowed to continue on in the race albeit starting from the back of the grid.
 
Yves-Giraud Cabantous's Talbot-Lago had significant mechanical troubles which saw him participate in none of the practice sessions at the circuit, the problems were so bad he was forced to withdraw his entry to the event. The withdrawal of Cabantous meant Talbot-Lago had no works entry for the race, the manufacturer having to rely on its privateers to represent its presence in the race. Peter Whitehead also withdrew his private Ferrari when he suffered three engine failures in rapid succession during practice, the costs being too high to maintain an entry into the race. The entry's of Charles Pozzi and Clemente Biondetti were also removed when they failed to turn up to the event. Harry Schell in his little JAP engined Cooper had experienced multiple problems during practice, he had failed to set a lap time in either timed session, however he vowed to continue on in the race albeit starting from the back of the grid.
   
 
===Qualifying Results===
 
===Qualifying Results===
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{| class="wikitable" style="font-size:90%"
 
!Pos!!No.!!Driver!!Constructor!!Time!!Gap!!{{abbr|%|Percentage of pole time}}!!{{abbr|Avg Speed|in km/h}}
 
!Pos!!No.!!Driver!!Constructor!!Time!!Gap!!{{abbr|%|Percentage of pole time}}!!{{abbr|Avg Speed|in km/h}}
 
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|1||34||[[Juan Manuel Fangio]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:50.2||||100%||103.884
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| 34||[[Juan Manuel Fangio]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:50.2||||100%||103.884
 
|-
 
|-
|2||32||[[Nino Farina]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:52.8|| +2.6||102.4%||101.489
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! 2
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| 32||[[Nino Farina]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:52.8|| +2.6||102.4%||101.489
 
|-
 
|-
|3||2||[[José Froilán González]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||1:53.7|| +3.5||103.2%||100.686
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! 3
  +
| 2||[[José Froilán González]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||1:53.7|| +3.5||103.2%||100.686
 
|-
 
|-
|4||14||[[Philippe Étançelin]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||1:54.1|| +3.9||103.5%||100.333
+
! 4
  +
| 14||[[Philippe Étançelin]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||1:54.1|| +3.9||103.5%||100.333
 
|-
 
|-
|5||36||[[Luigi Fagioli]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:54.2|| +4||103.6%||100.245
+
! 5
  +
| 36||[[Luigi Fagioli]]||{{Alfa Romeo-CON}}||1:54.2|| +4.0||103.6%||100.245
 
|-
 
|-
|6||38||[[Luigi Villoresi]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:52.3|| +2.1||101.9%||101.941
+
! 6
  +
| 38||[[Luigi Villoresi]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:52.3|| +2.1||101.9%||101.941
 
|-
 
|-
|7||40||[[Alberto Ascari]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:53.8|| +3.6||103.3%||100.598
+
! 7
  +
| 40||[[Alberto Ascari]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:53.8|| +3.6||103.3%||100.598
 
|-
 
|-
|8||48||[[Louis Chiron]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||1:56.3|| +6.1||105.5%||98.435
+
! 8
  +
| 48||[[Louis Chiron]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||1:56.3|| +6.1||105.5%||98.435
 
|-
 
|-
|9||42||[[Raymond Sommer]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:56.6|| +6.4||105.8%||98.182
+
! 9
  +
| 42||[[Raymond Sommer]]||{{Ferrari-CON}}||1:56.6|| +6.4||105.8%||98.182
 
|-
 
|-
|10||16||[[Louis Rosier]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||1:57.7|| +7.5||106.8%||97.264
+
! 10
  +
| 16||[[Louis Rosier]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||1:57.7|| +7.5||106.8%||97.264
 
|-
 
|-
|11||10||[[Robert Manzon]]||{{Simca-Gordini}}||2:04.0|| +13.8||112.5%||92.323
+
! 11
  +
| 10||[[Robert Manzon]]||{{Simca-Gordini}}||2:04.0|| +13.8||112.5%||92.323
 
|-
 
|-
|12||52||[[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:00.7|| +10.5||109.5%||94.847
+
! 12
  +
| 52||[[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:00.7|| +10.5||109.5%||94.847
 
|-
 
|-
|13||12||[[Maurice Trintignant]]||{{Simca-Gordini}}||2:19.4|| +29.2||126.5%||82.123
+
! 13
  +
| 12||[[Maurice Trintignant]]||{{Simca-Gordini}}||2:19.4|| +29.2||126.5%||82.123
 
|-
 
|-
|14||24||[[Cuth Harrison]]||{{ERA-CON}}||2:01.6|| +11.4||110.3%||94.145
+
! 14
  +
| 24||[[Cuth Harrison]]||{{ERA-CON}}||2:01.6|| +11.4||110.3%||94.145
 
|-
 
|-
|15||50||[[Prince Bira]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:02.2|| +12||110.9%||93.682
+
! 15
  +
| 50||[[Prince Bira]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:02.2|| +12||110.9%||93.682
 
|-
 
|-
|16||26||[[Bob Gerard]]||{{ERA-CON}}||2:03.4|| +13.2||112%||92.771
+
! 16
  +
| 26||[[Bob Gerard]]||{{ERA-CON}}||2:03.4|| +13.2||112%||92.771
 
|-
 
|-
|17||44||[[Franco Rol]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:04.5|| +14.3||113%||91.952
+
! 17
  +
| 44||[[Franco Rol]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||2:04.5|| +14.3||113%||91.952
 
|-
 
|-
|18||6||[[Johnny Claes]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||2:12.0|| +21.8||119.8%||86.727
+
! 18
  +
| 6||[[Johnny Claes]]||{{Talbot-Lago-Talbot}}||2:12.0|| +21.8||119.8%||86.727
 
|-
 
|-
|19||8||[[Harry Schell]]||{{Cooper-JAP}}||No Time|| || ||
+
! 19
  +
| 8||[[Harry Schell]]||{{Cooper-JAP}}||No Time|| || ||
 
|-
 
|-
|20||4||[[Alfredo Piàn]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||No Time|| || ||
+
! 20
  +
| 4||[[Alfredo Piàn]]||{{Maserati-CON}}||No Time|| || ||
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
===Grid===
 
===Grid===
 
 
{{Grid|frontrowsize=3|secondrowsize=2|poleside=r|[[Juan Manuel Fangio]]|[[Giuseppe Farina]]|[[José Froilán González]]|[[Philippe Étancelin]]|[[Luigi Fagioli]]|[[Luigi Villoresi]]|[[Alberto Ascari]]|[[Louis Chiron]]|[[Raymond Sommer]]|[[Louis Rosier]]|[[Robert Manzon]]|[[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]|[[Maurice Trintignant]]|[[Cuth Harrison]]|[[Prince Bira]]|[[Bob Gerard]]|[[Franco Rol]]|[[Johnny Claes]]|[[Harry Schell]]}}
 
{{Grid|frontrowsize=3|secondrowsize=2|poleside=r|[[Juan Manuel Fangio]]|[[Giuseppe Farina]]|[[José Froilán González]]|[[Philippe Étancelin]]|[[Luigi Fagioli]]|[[Luigi Villoresi]]|[[Alberto Ascari]]|[[Louis Chiron]]|[[Raymond Sommer]]|[[Louis Rosier]]|[[Robert Manzon]]|[[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]|[[Maurice Trintignant]]|[[Cuth Harrison]]|[[Prince Bira]]|[[Bob Gerard]]|[[Franco Rol]]|[[Johnny Claes]]|[[Harry Schell]]}}
   
 
==Race==
 
==Race==
[[File:1950_2_Farina_Rosier_Fangio.jpg|thumb|300px|Carnage at Tabac]]
+
[[File:1950_2_Farina_Rosier_Fangio.jpg|thumb|300px|Carnage at Tabac.]]
   
In the morning before the race it rained heavily but luckily before the race started the clouds went away, however they still left a very wet track. [[Peter Whitehead]]'s private [[Ferrari]] failed to start the race due to engine issues that had troubled him all weekend. At the start Fangio got made the best start as Farina spun his wheels up.
+
===Report===
  +
The weather ahead of the race was cool, yet sunny. The waves from the harbour were crashing against the shoreline, sometimes spraying the circuit around the area of Tabac. Alfa Romeo looked set to retain their dominant advantage, however they faced closer competition than they had done in Silverstone, setting the stage for a hopefully exciting race.
   
[[File:1950_2_Ascari.jpg|thumb|300px|Podium at Monaco for Ascari]]As the cars made there way around the first lap, little did they know there had been a large wave at the harbour based circuit and had flooded some of the corners.
+
Farina got away well and took the lead into the first corner ahead of Fangio. However, it was Villoresi's Ferrari who got the best start, climbing to third, disposing of Fagioli, Étancelin and González. Farina's lead did not last long as only after a few corners, Fangio had reclaimed the lead from his teammate.
   
<span style="text-align:justify;">As the drivers entered Tabac, </span>[[Nino Farina]]<span style="text-align:justify;"> who was running second spun his Alfa on the wet track and was rammed by </span>[[José Froilán González]]<span style="text-align:justify;"> and in turn, he was rammed by </span>[[Luigi Fagioli]]<span style="text-align:justify;">. This caused a multi-car pile up counting for </span>[[Louis Rosier]]<span style="text-align:justify;">, </span>[[Robert Manzon]]<span style="text-align:justify;">, </span>[[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]<span style="text-align:justify;">, </span>[[Maurice Trintignant]]<span style="text-align:justify;">, </span>[[Cuth Harrison]]<span style="text-align:justify;">, </span>[[Franco Rol]]<span style="text-align:justify;"> and </span>[[Harry Schell]]<span style="text-align:justify;"> all retiring.</span>
+
Farina chased hard, but at Tabac, he was caught out by the residual water laid down by the seaside waves, he spun into the wall before bouncing into the paths of the oncoming cars. Villoresi, Étancelin, Ascari, Chiron and Sommer all managed to dodge past, but Farina's Alfa teammate, Fagioli, spun wide into the barriers. González collided with Farina's car which started a chain reaction of collisions down the field. The midfield was almost totally wiped out of the race as the narrow circuit left the cars with no path to go except crash into one another. Aside from Farina, the cars of González, Fagioli, Rosier, Manzon, De Graffenried, Trintignant, Harrison, Rol and Schell were all eliminated from the race.
   
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">[[File:1950_2_Fangio_.jpg|thumb|300px|Fangio on his way to Monaco victory]]Most got away unscathed but González had had oil spilt over him in the accident which badly burned him and would keep him out for the next couple of races. Also, Franco Rol suffered a broken wrist which would put him out of action for awhile. Only 9 cars survived the incident and {{Ferrari-CON}} was the only team to not lose at least one car in the first lap incident. Villoresi and Ascari quickly overtook [[Philippe Étancelin]] for third and the two began a hard battle for second. Étançelin retired later with an oil leak, this paved the way for the third Ferrari of Sommer to take fourth place behind his two teammates but was under pressure from local driver and racing veteran [[Louis Chiron]].</p>
+
Both González and Fagioli attempted to keep going, Fagioli however only managed as far as the pitlane to bring his crippled car into retire. González attempted to complete a further lap, until a ruptured fuel tank burst, causing his car to crash at the Gasworks Hairpin and burst into flames. González leapt from his vehicle, however still received second degree burns to his arms in the process Despite the severity of the accident, the only other driver to be injured was the works Maserati of Franco Rol who had broken an arm in the multi-car pile-up..
   
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify">[[Luigi Villoresi]] who had stalled early in the race negotiating the mele at Tabac had a strong day fighting back to second but it came to a sad end when his axle broke. This left second place open to Ascari, and after a long hard battle [[Louis Chiron]] finally managed to get his Maserati past [[Raymond Sommer]] and took a podium finish in front of his home crowd. However, the race was dominated by Fangio, who saw absolutely no challenge from any of his rivals, and showed Ferrari had work to do if they were going to catch the Alfas.</p>
+
The aftermath of the first lap crash meant the wreckage of almost half the field was left at Tabac corner. The surviving nine cars were forced to navigate around these cars for a number of laps as if it was an extra corner. Prince Bira even found time to stop his car outside the scene of the accident and berate the marshalls for not clearing the wreckage fast enough.
   
===Results===
+
Following the accident, Fangio led the race ahead of Villoresi, Chiron, Ascari, Sommer, Étancelin, Bira, Claes and Gerard. However on the second lap whilst navigating the car obstacles at Tabac, Villoresi stalled his Ferrari which dropped him to last place. Thereafter, with the exception of Fangio's Alfa, Villoresi was the fastest car on track and provided much of the excitement as he fought back through the field. Chiron could not maintain second place for long and his Maserati dropped back behind the Ferrari's of Ascari and Sommer. Shortly after Villoresi was also past Chiron and by lap 14 he had made his way into third when he overtook teammate Sommer. On lap 31, Villoresi had caught up to the rear of Ascari, the two Ferrari drivers duelled ferociously until Villoresi came into the pits for fuel on lap 37. His stop took 32 seconds, the following lap Ascari came into the pits, in contrast his stop was 37 seconds which allowed Villoresi to return to second position. The same lap, Étancelin retired from sixth place with an oil leak.
   
  +
Villoresi would attempt to chase down race leader Fangio, however the Alfa driver had the race well under control. When it was his turn to come into the pits for fuel on lap 52, he retained the lead of the race by 30 seconds to Villoresi's second position. Shortly after, Fangio's last remaining serious race rival, Villoresi, dropped out of the race on lap 63 with a fractured rear axle. Being over a lap clear of the new second place man, Ascari, Fangio decided to come in for a second pit stop a lap after Villoresi's retirement.
   
  +
The last 36 laps were fairly processional and without order change, Fangio consolidated his race lead before taking his first world championship race victory an entire lap clear of Ascari in second. Chiron, the local driver scored a popular third position after reclaiming the position from Sommer's Ferrari. Sommer was fourth whilst Bira claimed the final points placing. The final two finishers, six laps adrift were a battling Claes and Gerard for sixth place. In the final laps, Gerard managed to move past the Talbot-Lago to take sixth, providing some final entertainment for the Monagasque crowd.
   
{| class=wikitable style="font-size: 90%; width:100%;"
+
===Post-race===
  +
Fangio's dominant win at Monaco had allowed him to draw level with teammate Farina in the championship standings. The two drivers shared nine points apiece, with both taking a victory and a retirement in the opening two rounds. Fagioli, Alfa Romeo's third driver was still not far behind, he had six points, however his non-finish in Monaco meant that all his points had been earned at Silverstone. The Ferrari's evidently still had more work to do, poor reliability had cost Luigi Villoresi a well-deserved second place, only the car of Alberto Ascari in second place scored points.
  +
  +
Fangio's first race win had been dominant, however he would walk away from Monaco in concern following the injuries sustained to his friends, fellow Argentinians and former teammates, Alfredo Pián and José Froilán González. Following the race he remained in Monte Carlo to tend to his friends injuries. He took this time to drive Pián all the way to Bologna to an orthopedic hospital to tend to his broken leg, Fangio then returned to Monaco to drive González to a specialist burns unit in Italy.
  +
  +
===Results===
  +
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 90%; width:100%;"
 
! Pos
 
! Pos
 
! No.
 
! No.
Line 135: Line 136:
 
! Pts
 
! Pts
 
|-
 
|-
| 1
+
! 1
 
| 34
 
| 34
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
+
| {{ARG}} [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
| [[Alfa Romeo]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
 
| 100
 
| 100
 
| 3:13:18.7
 
| 3:13:18.7
 
| 98.701
 
| 98.701
 
| 1
 
| 1
| 9
+
! 9
 
|-
 
|-
| 2
+
! 2
 
| 40
 
| 40
| [[Alberto Ascari]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Alberto Ascari]]
| [[Ferrari]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
 
| 99
 
| 99
 
| + 1 lap
 
| + 1 lap
 
| 97.251
 
| 97.251
 
| 7
 
| 7
| 6
+
! 6
 
|-
 
|-
| 3
+
! 3
 
| 48
 
| 48
| [[Louis Chiron]]
+
| {{MON}} [[Louis Chiron]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
| 98
 
| 98
 
| + 2 laps
 
| + 2 laps
 
| 96.191
 
| 96.191
 
| 8
 
| 8
| 4
+
! 4
 
|-
 
|-
| 4
+
! 4
 
| 42
 
| 42
| [[Raymond Sommer]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Raymond Sommer]]
| [[Ferrari]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
 
| 97
 
| 97
 
| + 3 laps
 
| + 3 laps
 
| 95.451
 
| 95.451
 
| 9
 
| 9
| 3
+
! 3
 
|-
 
|-
| 5
+
! 5
 
| 50
 
| 50
| [[Prince Bira]]
+
| {{THA}} [[Prince Bira]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
| 95
 
| 95
 
| + 5 laps
 
| + 5 laps
 
| 93.363
 
| 93.363
 
| 15
 
| 15
| 2
+
! 2
 
|-
 
|-
| 6
+
! 6
 
| 26
 
| 26
| [[Bob Gerard]]
+
| {{GBR}} [[Bob Gerard]]
| [[ERA]]
+
| {{GBR}} {{ERA-CON}}
 
| 94
 
| 94
 
| + 6 laps
 
| + 6 laps
Line 195: Line 196:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| 7
+
! 7
 
| 6
 
| 6
| [[Johnny Claes]]
+
| {{BEL}} [[Johnny Claes]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
| 94
 
| 94
 
| + 6 laps
 
| + 6 laps
Line 205: Line 206:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 38
 
| 38
| [[Luigi Villoresi]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Luigi Villoresi]]
| [[Ferrari]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
 
| 63
 
| 63
 
| Axle
 
| Axle
Line 215: Line 216:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 14
 
| 14
| [[Philippe Étancelin]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Philippe Étancelin]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
| 38
 
| 38
 
| Oil leak
 
| Oil leak
Line 225: Line 226:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 2
 
| 2
| [[José Froilán González]]
+
| {{ARG}} [[José Froilán González]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 235: Line 236:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 32
 
| 32
| [[Giuseppe Farina]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Giuseppe Farina]]
| [[Alfa Romeo]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 245: Line 246:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 36
 
| 36
| [[Luigi Fagioli]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Luigi Fagioli]]
| [[Alfa Romeo]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Alfa Romeo-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 255: Line 256:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 16
 
| 16
| [[Louis Rosier]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Louis Rosier]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
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|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 10
 
| 10
| [[Robert Manzon]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Robert Manzon]]
| [[Simca-Gordini]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Simca-Gordini}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 275: Line 276:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 52
 
| 52
| [[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]
+
| {{SUI}} [[Emmanuel de Graffenried]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 285: Line 286:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 12
 
| 12
| [[Maurice Trintignant]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Maurice Trintignant]]
| [[Simca-Gordini]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Simca-Gordini}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 295: Line 296:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 24
 
| 24
| [[Cuth Harrison]]
+
| {{GBR}} [[Cuth Harrison]]
| [[ERA]]
+
| {{GBR}} {{ERA-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 305: Line 306:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 44
 
| 44
| [[Franco Rol]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Franco Rol]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 315: Line 316:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| Ret
+
! Ret
 
| 8
 
| 8
| [[Harry Schell]]
+
| {{USA}} [[Harry Schell]]
| [[Cooper]]-[[JAP]]
+
| {{GBR}} {{Cooper-JAP}}
 
| 0
 
| 0
 
| Collision
 
| Collision
Line 325: Line 326:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNS
+
! DNS
 
| 4
 
| 4
| [[Alfredo Pián]]
+
| {{ARG}} [[Alfredo Pián]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Accident
 
| Accident
Line 335: Line 336:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNS
+
! DNS
 
| 28
 
| 28
| [[Peter Whitehead]]
+
| {{GBR}} [[Peter Whitehead]]
| [[Ferrari]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Ferrari-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
Line 345: Line 346:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNP
+
! DNP
 
| 18
 
| 18
| [[Charles Pozzi]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Charles Pozzi]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Not present
 
| Not present
Line 355: Line 356:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNP
+
! DNP
 
| 20
 
| 20
| [[Yves Giraud-Cabantous]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Yves Giraud-Cabantous]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Not present
 
| Not present
Line 365: Line 366:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNP
+
! DNP
 
| 22
 
| 22
| [[Pierre Levegh]]
+
| {{FRA}} [[Pierre Levegh]]
| [[Talbot-Lago]]
+
| {{FRA}} {{Talbot-Lago-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Not Present
 
| Not Present
Line 375: Line 376:
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
| DNP
+
! DNP
 
| 46
 
| 46
| [[Clemente Biondetti]]
+
| {{ITA}} [[Clemente Biondetti]]
| [[Maserati]]
+
| {{ITA}} {{Maserati-CON}}
 
|
 
|
 
| Car unavailable
 
| Car unavailable
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===Fastest Laps===
 
===Fastest Laps===
+
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 90%; width:100%"
 
{| class=wikitable style="font-size: 90%; width:100%"
 
 
! Pos
 
! Pos
 
! No.
 
! No.
Line 430: Line 431:
   
 
===Lap Leaders===
 
===Lap Leaders===
 
 
====Lap-by-lap====
 
====Lap-by-lap====
+
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 90%" width="60%"
 
{| class=wikitable style="font-size: 90%" width=60%
 
 
! Stint
 
! Stint
 
! Driver
 
! Driver
Line 441: Line 441:
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
 
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
| style="text-align:center;"| 1&ndash;100
+
| style="text-align:center;" | 1&ndash;100
| style="text-align:center;"| 100
+
| style="text-align:center;" | 100
| style="text-align:right;"| 318.000&nbsp;km
+
| style="text-align:right;" | 318.000&nbsp;km
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
====Total====
 
====Total====
+
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 90%" width="60%"
 
{| class=wikitable style="font-size: 90%" width=60%
 
 
! Pos.
 
! Pos.
 
! Driver
 
! Driver
Line 455: Line 455:
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
 
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
| style="text-align:center;"| 100
+
| style="text-align:center;" | 100
| style="text-align:right;"| 318.000&nbsp;km
+
| style="text-align:right;" | 318.000&nbsp;km
 
|}
 
|}
   
 
==Standings==
 
==Standings==
 
 
''Drivers Championship only''
 
''Drivers Championship only''
+
{| class="wikitable" style="width:40%"
{| class=wikitable style="width:40%"
 
 
! Pos
 
! Pos
 
! Driver
 
! Driver
Line 472: Line 471:
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2
 
| 2
| [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
+
| {{ARG}} [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]
 
| 9
 
| 9
 
|-
 
|-
Line 507: Line 506:
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
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===Milestones===
 
 
* [[Juan Manuel Fangio]]'s first [[pole position]], [[victory]], [[fastest lap]], [[double]], [[hat-trick]] and [[Grand Chelem]].
 
 
* First Formula One grand chelem.
 
   
* '''First Entry & Race - Alberto Ascari:''' The 32 year old Italian racer, Alberto Ascari, son of the famous 1920's race driver, Antonio Ascari, made his grand prix entry into racing in 1940. However the Second World War prevented him from truely getting his career underway until 1947. Like his father before him, Ascari proved incredibly fast and he began producing impressive results in his private Maserati. His father, before his death in 1925 had befriended racer turned team manager, Enzo Ferrari, who had began to follow the son of his late friend's career develop with great interest. In 1949, Enzo Ferrari signed the younger Ascari to his own team, Scuderia Ferrari. During 1949, Ascari won 4 Formula One races, more than any other Ferrari driver. Ascari continuing with Ferrari for 1950 and was considered to be one of the best up and coming drivers of the new generation.
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* '''First Entry & Race - José Froilán González:''' The 28 year old Argentine racer, González, was the most junior driver to enter the Monaco Grand Prix. His racing career had began in 1946 where he had began to quickly impress in local Argentine categories. In fact his career rise, mirrored the rise of Argentina's top driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, a man González idolised and revered. González impressed the international scene when he fought amongst the best international drivers when they came to race at Pelarmo in Buenos Aires. Subsequently he bought a Maserati 4CL off Giuseppe Farina and travelled to Europe, following his idol, Juan Manuel Fangio. When Fangio left Scuderia Achille Varzi at the beginning of 1950, a team funded by the Automobile Club of Argentina, Fangio recommended the fast but inexperienced González to take his place.
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*[[Juan Manuel Fangio]]'s first [[Pole Position|pole position]], [[victory]], [[fastest lap]], [[double]], [[hat-trick]] and [[Grand Chelem]].
* '''First Entry & Race - Robert Manzon:''' The 33 year old French racer, Robert Manzon, had began his racing career in 1946. Throughout 1946 and 1947, he produced some decent results in the tail ender Cisitalia chassis. In 1947, he produced his best result of his career at the time with a third place at the
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*First Formula One Grand Chelem.
* '''First Entry & Race - Franco Rol:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Alberto Ascari]]:''' The 32-year-old Italian racer, Alberto Ascari, son of the famous 1920's race driver, [[Antonio Ascari]], made his Grand Prix entry into racing in 1940. However the Second World War prevented him from truly getting his career underway until 1947. Like his father before him, Ascari proved incredibly fast and he began producing impressive results in his private Maserati. His father, before his death in 1925 had befriended racer turned team manager, [[Enzo Ferrari]], who had began to follow the son of his late friend's career develop with great interest. In 1949, Enzo Ferrari signed the younger Ascari to his own team, Scuderia Ferrari. During 1949, Ascari won four Formula One races, more than any other Ferrari driver. Ascari continued with Ferrari for 1950, and was considered to be one of the best up and coming drivers of the new generation.
* '''First Entry & Race - Harry Schell:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[José Froilán González]]:''' The 28-year-old Argentine racer, González, was the most junior driver to enter the Monaco Grand Prix. His racing career had began in 1946 where he had began to quickly impress in local Argentine categories. In fact, his career rise mirrored the rise of Argentina's top driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, a man González idolised and revered. González impressed the international scene when he fought amongst the best international drivers when they came to race at Pelarmo in Buenos Aires. Subsequently, he bought a Maserati 4CL off Giuseppe Farina and travelled to Europe, following his idol, Juan Manuel Fangio. When Fangio left Scuderia Achille Varzi at the beginning of 1950, a team funded by the Automobile Club of Argentina, Fangio recommended the fast but inexperienced González to take his place.
* '''First Entry & Race - Raymond Sommer:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Robert Manzon]]:''' The 33-year-old French racer, Robert Manzon, had began his racing career in 1946. Throughout 1946 and 1947, he produced some decent results in the tail ender Cisitalia chassis. He proved a successful racer in the minor categories and was a solid runner in the midfield for grand prix racing. Amédée Gordini, the founder of Simca-Gordini, found him a staunch competitor to race against and for 1948 signed Manzon as apart of his race team. Simca-Gordini was an ambitious team but it lacked the resources to be a front runner, Manzon nonetheless remained faithful to his team.
* '''First Entry & Race - Maurice Trintignant'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Franco Rol]]:''' The 42-year-old Franco Rol, like many of his time was a wealthy hobby racer who made it into the higher categories through virtue of his talent. Beginning his career in 1947, Rol joined the Simca-Gordini team in Formula Two for the 1948 season. A series of retirements plagued his career and in 1949 he returned as a privateer racer. For 1950, Rol would start his first serious venture into Grand Prix racing when he joined the works Maserati team.
* '''First Entry & Race - Luigi Villoresi'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Harry Schell]]:''' Born to wealthy motorsport enthusiasts, 29-year-old Harry was the son of former American racer Laury Schell and wife Lucy, a keen motorsport follower who invested into major European teams such as Delahaye in the 1930s. A veteran of the Second World War, he had flown in the Finnish Air Force against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939 and then served in the United States Tank Corps in World War Two. His motor racing career had began in 1940 whilst racing in the United States, notably participating in the 1940 [[Indianapolis 500]] with a Maserati. Following the conclusion of the war he returned to motor racing, he primarily raced casually in Formula Two or Formula Three, but proved a talented racer. For 1950, Schell decided to enter his Formula Two, Cooper-JAP, into the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix despite its serious power deficiency in comparison to the Formula One cars.
* '''First Entry & Race - Cooper:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Raymond Sommer]]:''' One of the most experienced racers in the field, Sommer was one of the few remaining major pre-war racing drivers. At 43, he was still young enough to have a career ahead of him. He was famous for primarily racing independently as a privateer racer, rather than remain devoted to a major team and attempt to gain success. His career began in 1932, the same year he had won the 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans, the following year he repeated the feat in his first drive for a works team, this being Alfa Romeo. Nonetheless, rather than stay as a works driver he returned as an independent racer. He gained a reputation as one of the best independent racers. During 1937 and 1938, he was known for regularly swapping between being a privateer and racing for Talbot and Scuderia Ferrari throughout the seasons. In 1938, he committed to one team for the first time when he raced a season for Alfa Romeo. Sommer led at every major race but his machinery always let him down. Following the war, Sommer returned as a privateer in Formula One and Formula Two. In 1948 he completed a full season with Ferrari before in 1949 he swapped to the works Talbot-Lago team. For 1950, Sommer has rejoined Ferrari for the World Championship.
* '''First Entry & Race - Ferrari:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Maurice Trintignant]]:''' 33-year-old Trintignant had began his racing career in 1938 racing private Bugatti's. He resumed his career in 1947 when he joined the newly founded Simca-Gordini racing squad. He was known fondly in the Grand Prix scene as the 'rat dropping's man' after he retired from a race when his car became clogged with rat droppings. At the [[1948 Swiss Grand Prix]], Trintignant had a serious accident which left him in a coma for 6 weeks. Nonetheless, he returned to racing and the Simca-Gordini team for 1949.
* '''First Entry & Race - Simca-Gordini:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - [[Luigi Villoresi]]:''' The 41-year-old Villoresi began his motor racing career in 1933, but it was not until 1936 when he joined the Scuderia Ambrosiana team, racing private Maserati's that his career began to truly take off. After winning a series of minor Grands Prix, Villoresi joined the works Maserati team in 1938. He was regularly seen competing in Grands Prix alongside his younger brother, Emilio, but Emilio was killed in 1938 whilst testing for Alfa Romeo. Following the conclusion of the war, Villoresi returned to his old team, Scuderia Ambrosiana, where between 1946 and 1948 he was a regular race winner. His recent success meant that in 1949, Enzo Ferrari signed him as lead driver for his Scuderia Ferrari team. 1949 was another successful year, yielding a number of Grand Prix victories.
* '''First Entry & Race - JAP:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - {{Cooper-CON}}:''' Cooper Car Company, was only three years old in 1950, following its inception by Charles and John Cooper in 1947. In this period, the manufacturer had not planned to enter Formula One, its T12 chassis proved dominant in Formula Three, but it was not up to Formula One standard. The works team had not yet entered Formula One, and Harry Schell's decision to enter his T12 privately as a minor competitor did not see the accompany of the works team; however, nonetheless, Monaco 1950 saw the debut of Cooper cars in the Formula One field.
* '''First Entry - Clemente Biondetti''':
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*'''First Entry & Race - {{Ferrari-CON}}:''' Although only operating as a manufacturer since 1947, Enzo Ferrari's team had been operating since 1929 where it proved to be the most successful team running Alfa Romeo chassis. In the late 1930s, Scuderia Ferrari had been one of the only teams capable of challenging the might of the German auto giants, {{Mercedes-Benz-CON}} and {{Auto Union-CON}}. Following the war, Enzo Ferrari finally decided to start building his own cars. Ferrari immediately proved to be one of the most impressive new stables, following Alfa Romeo's original withdrawal from racing in 1948, Ferrari had been the fastest cars throughout 1949. With the return of the dominant Alfa's in 1950, Ferrari was believed to be the only manufacturer capable of challenging the Alfa's.
* '''First Entry - Pierre Levegh:'''
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*'''First Entry & Race - {{Simca-Gordini-CON}}:''' Another new manufacturer formed following the conclusion of war. Simca-Gordini was formed in 1946 by Amédée Gordini; the name symbolised the relationship between Simca, the French division of automotive supergiant Fiat, and Gordini's own independent manufacturer. Nonetheless, the team ran on a tight budget, and was still behind France's top motor racing manufacturer, Talbot-Lago, in terms of pace. Nonetheless, the team and drivers were skilled and the cars ran successfully in the Formula Two division taking many victories.
* '''First Entry - Alfredo Piàn''':
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*'''First Entry & Race - {{JAP-ENG}}:''' JAP standing for 'JA Prestwich Industries' was an engine manufacturer that supplied engines to the Cooper Formula Three teams. What is now common place in modern Formula One, the partnership of Cooper and JAP where the engine and chassis manufacturers were completely different was a novelty in 1950. The JAP engine in the Cooper T12 was a motorcycle engine, commonly used in motorcycle Grand Prix, but not in motor cars. It had success in Formula Three, but the engine power was believed to be nowhere near strong enough to compete with the powerful engines of Formula One.
* '''First Entry - Pierre Levegh:'''
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*'''First Entry - [[Clemente Biondetti]]''': At 52 years old, Biondetti was one of the most senior racers on the grid. He had began his career way back in 1927. He distinguished himself well as a privateer racer. During the 1930s, he raced primarily for minor Maserati teams as well as a full season for the works Maserati in 1931. His career was littered with bad luck and retirements; however, in 1937, he joined the Scuderia Ferrari outfit and immediately hit success. From 1938 to 1939, he finally hit success taking a number of victories and podiums for the works Alfa Romeo team. However, the war cut short his career just as it was on the rise. This seemed to be the end of his career but he was offered to take part in a number of races for Enzo Ferrari's new Ferrari team in 1948, he impressed but his time was considered behind him. Nonetheless Biondetti since returned to racing, participating mainly as a privateer.
* '''First Entry - Peter Whitehead:'''
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*'''First Entry - [[Pierre Levegh]]:'''
* '''Final Entry & Race - Alfredo Pián:'''
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*'''First Entry - [[Alfredo Piàn]]:'''
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*'''First Entry - [[Peter Whitehead]]:'''
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*'''Final Entry & Race - Alfredo Pián:'''
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The 1950 Monaco Grand Prix was the second race of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950. The 100-lap race took place on 21 May 1950 and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio from lights to flag. Fangio also set the fastest lap, thus completing the second Grand Chelem in Formula One history, in the second race.

BackgroundEdit

The Monaco Grand Prix had returned to the grid after a year's absence from the calendar following the death of the city-state's prince, Louis II. After a year of mourning, Prince Rainier III welcomed the grand prix circus back to the principality.

The last race in 1948 had been won by Giuseppe Farina, the Alfa Romeo driver who had also had the pleasure of winning the opening round of the championship at Silverstone. Monaco had one representive for its nation in the race, Louis Chiron, the local favourite would be participating for the Maserati works. There was talk of Chiron taking a one-off drive at Alfa Romeo, if possible the Monagasque would be in prime position for the potential for a second home win, adding to his Monaco victory from way back in 1931. However Alfa Romeo opted to stick with its regular line-up of Farina, Fangio and Fagioli, although the team did name Chiron as their reserve driver for the weekend.

The Monaco race would see the debut of manufacturers, Ferrari and Simca-Gordini in the world championship. Ferrari had snubbed the opening round of the championship at Silverstone, the team feeling the Brits prize money was insignificant, Enzo Ferrari placing greater value of a minor Formula Two race at Mons over the World Championship debut event. Following the Alfa Romeo domination at Silverstone, the Ferrari drivers of Luigi Villoresi, Alberto Ascari and Raymond Sommer were believed to be the only true rivals to the Alfa's strength. Aside from the works Ferrari's, Peter Whitehead would enter his privately owned Ferrari 125 to enter for the event. The Ferrari 125 was believed to be the only car capable of matching the Alfa's. It had been the strongest car throughout 1949 in the absence of the Alfa Romeo's following their withdrawal. However despite its speed it had yet to test itself against the mighty Alfa's. To make matters worse for Ferrari, the 125's lead designer, Gioacchino Colombo, had left the team to defect to Alfa Romeo upon their return in 1950. In response to this, the new lead designer for Ferrari, Aurelio Lampredi, had taken Colombo's promising your apprentice engineer Valerio Colotti for his own and had began designing a new Ferrari V12 engine to replace the current model of the 125.

The other manufacturer to debut at Monaco was the Simca-Gordini outfit. The minor French manufacturer was expected to be a solid midfield team with Maurice Trintignant, André Simon and Robert Manzon racing at their helm. Simon, however would cancel his entry prior to the beginning of the event. After a disappointing run in Silverstone, the major French manufacturer had scaled back its works team to fielding only Yves-Giraud Cabantous, although Philippe Étancelin, Louis Rosier, Pierre Levegh, Charles Pozzi and Johnny Claes would continue to compete in the modern T26C's as privateer racers.

Louis Chiron and Franco Rol continued as the works Maserati drivers whilst privateer team, Scuderia Achille Varzi made their debut with Maserati machinery. The Argentine run outfit, named in tribute of the great Achille Varzi, had been funded by the Automobil Club of Argentina and had allowed Juan Manuel Fangio to find success the previoys tyear. The youthful Argentine, José Froilán González, had joined the team as successor to Fangio's whilst alongside him was another great Argentine veteran, Alfredo Piàn. The Enrico Platé squad continued with Prince Bira and Baron de Graffenried as their drivers, whilst Clemente Biondetti was also racing a Maserati 4CLT, albeit the car had been modified by his team, Scuderia Milano.

Bob Gerard and Cuth Harrison would also participate as minor privateers, the duo competing in old A and B Type ERA machinery. Notably making his grand prix debut was American, Harry Schell. Schell would notably debut with a Cooper car designed for Formula Two and Formula Three racing, the small nimble Cooper was powered by a JAP motorcycle engine. It was also notably the first car in Formula One in which the engine manufacturer and chassis design had been built independently from one another.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
2 Argentina José Froilán González Italy Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
4 Argentina Alfredo Piàn Italy Scuderia Achille Varzi Maserati 4CLT/48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
6 Belgium Johnny Claes Belgium Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
8 United States Harry Schell United States Horschell Racing Corporation Cooper T12 JAP 1.1 V2 D
10 France Robert Manzon France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.4 L4s E
12 France Maurice Trintignant France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.4 L4s E
14 France Philippe Étancelin France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
16 France Louis Rosier France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
18 France Charles Pozzi France Ecurie Rosier Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
20 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous France Automobiles Talbot Darracq Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot-Lago 23CV 4.5 L6 D
24 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA B ERA 1.5 L6s D
26 United Kingdom Bob Gerard United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA A ERA 1.5 L6s D
28 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s D
32 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s  P
34 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Italy Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo 159 LBC 1.5 L8s P
38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari  125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
40 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
42 France Raymond Sommer Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 F1 1.5 V12s P
44 Italy Franco Rol Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
46 Italy Clemente Biondetti Italy Scuderia Milano Maserati 50 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
48 Monaco Louis Chiron Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
50 Thailand Prince Bira Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
52 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried Switzerland Enrico Platé Maserati 48 Maserati 4CL 1.5 L4s P
54 France André Simon France Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini T15 Simca-Gordini 15C 1.5 L4s E
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QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

In order to increase competition for the qualifying sessions, the event organisers decreed the first five grid positions would be allocated to the first five fastest cars in the first timed practice sessions. This decision had caught Ferrari unawares, the works team had not planned to arrive at the circuit until the Saturday qualifying sessions. This provided a huge advantage for Alfa Romeo with their main rivals unable to secure a position in the top five grid slots, Fangio ran excellently to take pole, his time being 2.6 seconds faster than teammate Farina's best time. Fagioli appeared to be struggling in his Alfa and could not better his two teammates. In fact, the old Italian veteran was pushed down to fifth, young gun, José Froilán González had managed to put his Maserati third on the grid in his first grand prix qualifying. Philippe Étancelin had also done well to put his private Talbot-Lago into fourth. Fagioli who was struggling bounced back on the second day of qualifying, his time being good enough for second on the grid, however his poor run on Friday had meant he would have to start from fifth.

When Ferrari arrived for the second timed session, their times meant they were running competitively, however neither Villoresi, Ascari or Sommer could beat the top three of Fangio, Farina and surprisingly González's Maserati. Their absence from the first session meant Villoresi and Ascari would start from sixth and seventh whilst Sommer had been bumped down to ninth when local hero, Louis Chiron put in a strong time to put his car into eighth. Rounding out the top ten was Louis Rosier's Talbot-Lago.

Robert Manzon was the fastest Simca-Gordini in eleventh ahead of De Graffenried's Maserati and his teammate Maurice Trintignant. Cuth Harrison was fourteenth ahead of a disappointed Prince Bira in fifteenth. Bob Gerard in his old ERA A Type was sixteenth ahead of Franco Rol and Johnny Claes. Whilst González had impressed for Scuderia Achille Varzi, his teammate Alfredo Piàn had also been running well. In unofficial practice he had put in times fast enough for sixth on the grid, but at the end of the session he had spun his Maserati on oil and crashed against the guard rail. Piàn sustained a broken leg and subsequently could not participate in the race, the team's expectations being pinned solely on González.

Yves-Giraud Cabantous's Talbot-Lago had significant mechanical troubles which saw him participate in none of the practice sessions at the circuit, the problems were so bad he was forced to withdraw his entry to the event. The withdrawal of Cabantous meant Talbot-Lago had no works entry for the race, the manufacturer having to rely on its privateers to represent its presence in the race. Peter Whitehead also withdrew his private Ferrari when he suffered three engine failures in rapid succession during practice, the costs being too high to maintain an entry into the race. The entry's of Charles Pozzi and Clemente Biondetti were also removed when they failed to turn up to the event. Harry Schell in his little JAP engined Cooper had experienced multiple problems during practice, he had failed to set a lap time in either timed session, however he vowed to continue on in the race albeit starting from the back of the grid.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

PosNo.DriverConstructorTimeGap%Avg Speed
1 34Juan Manuel FangioAlfa Romeo1:50.2100%103.884
2 32Nino FarinaAlfa Romeo1:52.8 +2.6102.4%101.489
3 2José Froilán GonzálezMaserati1:53.7 +3.5103.2%100.686
4 14Philippe ÉtançelinTalbot-Lago-Talbot1:54.1 +3.9103.5%100.333
5 36Luigi FagioliAlfa Romeo1:54.2 +4.0103.6%100.245
6 38Luigi VilloresiFerrari1:52.3 +2.1101.9%101.941
7 40Alberto AscariFerrari1:53.8 +3.6103.3%100.598
8 48Louis ChironMaserati1:56.3 +6.1105.5%98.435
9 42Raymond SommerFerrari1:56.6 +6.4105.8%98.182
10 16Louis RosierTalbot-Lago-Talbot1:57.7 +7.5106.8%97.264
11 10Robert ManzonSimca-Gordini2:04.0 +13.8112.5%92.323
12 52Emmanuel de GraffenriedMaserati2:00.7 +10.5109.5%94.847
13 12Maurice TrintignantSimca-Gordini2:19.4 +29.2126.5%82.123
14 24Cuth HarrisonERA2:01.6 +11.4110.3%94.145
15 50Prince BiraMaserati2:02.2 +12110.9%93.682
16 26Bob GerardERA2:03.4 +13.2112%92.771
17 44Franco RolMaserati2:04.5 +14.3113%91.952
18 6Johnny ClaesTalbot-Lago-Talbot2:12.0 +21.8119.8%86.727
19 8Harry SchellCooper-JAPNo Time
20 4Alfredo PiànMaseratiNo Time

GridEdit

Pos Pos Pos
Driver Driver Driver
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______________ 2 Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Giuseppe Farina
José Froilán González
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5 Philippe Étancelin
Luigi Fagioli
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______________ 7 Luigi Villoresi
8 Alberto Ascari
Louis Chiron
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10 Raymond Sommer
Louis Rosier
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______________ 12 Robert Manzon
13 Emmanuel de Graffenried
Maurice Trintignant
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15 Cuth Harrison
Prince Bira
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______________ 17 Bob Gerard
18 Franco Rol
Johnny Claes
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20 Harry Schell




RaceEdit

1950 2 Farina Rosier Fangio

Carnage at Tabac.

ReportEdit

The weather ahead of the race was cool, yet sunny. The waves from the harbour were crashing against the shoreline, sometimes spraying the circuit around the area of Tabac. Alfa Romeo looked set to retain their dominant advantage, however they faced closer competition than they had done in Silverstone, setting the stage for a hopefully exciting race.

Farina got away well and took the lead into the first corner ahead of Fangio. However, it was Villoresi's Ferrari who got the best start, climbing to third, disposing of Fagioli, Étancelin and González. Farina's lead did not last long as only after a few corners, Fangio had reclaimed the lead from his teammate.

Farina chased hard, but at Tabac, he was caught out by the residual water laid down by the seaside waves, he spun into the wall before bouncing into the paths of the oncoming cars. Villoresi, Étancelin, Ascari, Chiron and Sommer all managed to dodge past, but Farina's Alfa teammate, Fagioli, spun wide into the barriers. González collided with Farina's car which started a chain reaction of collisions down the field. The midfield was almost totally wiped out of the race as the narrow circuit left the cars with no path to go except crash into one another. Aside from Farina, the cars of González, Fagioli, Rosier, Manzon, De Graffenried, Trintignant, Harrison, Rol and Schell were all eliminated from the race.

Both González and Fagioli attempted to keep going, Fagioli however only managed as far as the pitlane to bring his crippled car into retire. González attempted to complete a further lap, until a ruptured fuel tank burst, causing his car to crash at the Gasworks Hairpin and burst into flames. González leapt from his vehicle, however still received second degree burns to his arms in the process Despite the severity of the accident, the only other driver to be injured was the works Maserati of Franco Rol who had broken an arm in the multi-car pile-up..

The aftermath of the first lap crash meant the wreckage of almost half the field was left at Tabac corner. The surviving nine cars were forced to navigate around these cars for a number of laps as if it was an extra corner. Prince Bira even found time to stop his car outside the scene of the accident and berate the marshalls for not clearing the wreckage fast enough.

Following the accident, Fangio led the race ahead of Villoresi, Chiron, Ascari, Sommer, Étancelin, Bira, Claes and Gerard. However on the second lap whilst navigating the car obstacles at Tabac, Villoresi stalled his Ferrari which dropped him to last place. Thereafter, with the exception of Fangio's Alfa, Villoresi was the fastest car on track and provided much of the excitement as he fought back through the field. Chiron could not maintain second place for long and his Maserati dropped back behind the Ferrari's of Ascari and Sommer. Shortly after Villoresi was also past Chiron and by lap 14 he had made his way into third when he overtook teammate Sommer. On lap 31, Villoresi had caught up to the rear of Ascari, the two Ferrari drivers duelled ferociously until Villoresi came into the pits for fuel on lap 37. His stop took 32 seconds, the following lap Ascari came into the pits, in contrast his stop was 37 seconds which allowed Villoresi to return to second position. The same lap, Étancelin retired from sixth place with an oil leak.

Villoresi would attempt to chase down race leader Fangio, however the Alfa driver had the race well under control. When it was his turn to come into the pits for fuel on lap 52, he retained the lead of the race by 30 seconds to Villoresi's second position. Shortly after, Fangio's last remaining serious race rival, Villoresi, dropped out of the race on lap 63 with a fractured rear axle. Being over a lap clear of the new second place man, Ascari, Fangio decided to come in for a second pit stop a lap after Villoresi's retirement.

The last 36 laps were fairly processional and without order change, Fangio consolidated his race lead before taking his first world championship race victory an entire lap clear of Ascari in second. Chiron, the local driver scored a popular third position after reclaiming the position from Sommer's Ferrari. Sommer was fourth whilst Bira claimed the final points placing. The final two finishers, six laps adrift were a battling Claes and Gerard for sixth place. In the final laps, Gerard managed to move past the Talbot-Lago to take sixth, providing some final entertainment for the Monagasque crowd.

Post-raceEdit

Fangio's dominant win at Monaco had allowed him to draw level with teammate Farina in the championship standings. The two drivers shared nine points apiece, with both taking a victory and a retirement in the opening two rounds. Fagioli, Alfa Romeo's third driver was still not far behind, he had six points, however his non-finish in Monaco meant that all his points had been earned at Silverstone. The Ferrari's evidently still had more work to do, poor reliability had cost Luigi Villoresi a well-deserved second place, only the car of Alberto Ascari in second place scored points.

Fangio's first race win had been dominant, however he would walk away from Monaco in concern following the injuries sustained to his friends, fellow Argentinians and former teammates, Alfredo Pián and José Froilán González. Following the race he remained in Monte Carlo to tend to his friends injuries. He took this time to drive Pián all the way to Bologna to an orthopedic hospital to tend to his broken leg, Fangio then returned to Monaco to drive González to a specialist burns unit in Italy.

ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Avg Speed Grid Pts
1 34 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Alfa Romeo 100 3:13:18.7 98.701 1 9
2 40 Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari 99 + 1 lap 97.251 7 6
3 48 Monaco Louis Chiron Italy Maserati 98 + 2 laps 96.191 8 4
4 42 France Raymond Sommer Italy Ferrari 97 + 3 laps 95.451 9 3
5 50 Thailand Prince Bira Italy Maserati 95 + 5 laps 93.363 15 2
6 26 United Kingdom Bob Gerard United Kingdom ERA 94 + 6 laps 92.317 16
7 6 Belgium Johnny Claes France Talbot-Lago 94 + 6 laps 92.254 18
Ret 38 Italy Luigi Villoresi Italy Ferrari 63 Axle 6
Ret 14 France Philippe Étancelin France Talbot-Lago 38 Oil leak 4
Ret 2 Argentina José Froilán González Italy Maserati 1 Accident 3
Ret 32 Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 2
Ret 36 Italy Luigi Fagioli Italy Alfa Romeo 0 Accident 5
Ret 16 France Louis Rosier France Talbot-Lago 0 Accident 10
Ret 10 France Robert Manzon France Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 11
Ret 52 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried Italy Maserati 0 Accident 12
Ret 12 France Maurice Trintignant France Simca-Gordini 0 Accident 13
Ret 24 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison United Kingdom ERA 0 Accident 14
Ret 44 Italy Franco Rol Italy Maserati 0 Accident 17
Ret 8 United States Harry Schell United Kingdom Cooper-JAP 0 Collision 19
DNS 4 Argentina Alfredo Pián Italy Maserati Accident
DNS 28 United Kingdom Peter Whitehead Italy Ferrari Engine
DNP 18 France Charles Pozzi France Talbot-Lago Not present
DNP 20 France Yves Giraud-Cabantous France Talbot-Lago Not present
DNP 22 France Pierre Levegh France Talbot-Lago Not Present
DNP 46 Italy Clemente Biondetti Italy Maserati Car unavailable

Fastest LapsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap Avg Speed Race
1 34 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo  ? 1:51.0 103.135 1
2 14 Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago  ? 1:57.9 6.9s 97.099 Ret
3 6 Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago  ? 2:00.2 9.2s 95.241 7

Lap LeadersEdit

Lap-by-lapEdit

Stint Driver Laps Total Distance
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 1–100 100 318.000 km

TotalEdit

Pos. Driver Laps Distance
1 Juan Manuel Fangio 100 318.000 km

StandingsEdit

Drivers Championship only

Pos Driver Pts
1 Giuseppe Farina 9
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 9
3 Luigi Fagioli 6
4 Alberto Ascari 6
5 Reg Parnell 4
6 Louis Chiron 4
7 Yves Giraud-Cabantous 3
8 Raymond Sommer 3
9 Louis Rosier 2
10 Prince Bira 2

NotesEdit

  • Juan Manuel Fangio's first pole position, victory, fastest lap, double, hat-trick and Grand Chelem.
  • First Formula One Grand Chelem.
  • First Entry & Race - Alberto Ascari: The 32-year-old Italian racer, Alberto Ascari, son of the famous 1920's race driver, Antonio Ascari, made his Grand Prix entry into racing in 1940. However the Second World War prevented him from truly getting his career underway until 1947. Like his father before him, Ascari proved incredibly fast and he began producing impressive results in his private Maserati. His father, before his death in 1925 had befriended racer turned team manager, Enzo Ferrari, who had began to follow the son of his late friend's career develop with great interest. In 1949, Enzo Ferrari signed the younger Ascari to his own team, Scuderia Ferrari. During 1949, Ascari won four Formula One races, more than any other Ferrari driver. Ascari continued with Ferrari for 1950, and was considered to be one of the best up and coming drivers of the new generation.
  • First Entry & Race - José Froilán González: The 28-year-old Argentine racer, González, was the most junior driver to enter the Monaco Grand Prix. His racing career had began in 1946 where he had began to quickly impress in local Argentine categories. In fact, his career rise mirrored the rise of Argentina's top driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, a man González idolised and revered. González impressed the international scene when he fought amongst the best international drivers when they came to race at Pelarmo in Buenos Aires. Subsequently, he bought a Maserati 4CL off Giuseppe Farina and travelled to Europe, following his idol, Juan Manuel Fangio. When Fangio left Scuderia Achille Varzi at the beginning of 1950, a team funded by the Automobile Club of Argentina, Fangio recommended the fast but inexperienced González to take his place.
  • First Entry & Race - Robert Manzon: The 33-year-old French racer, Robert Manzon, had began his racing career in 1946. Throughout 1946 and 1947, he produced some decent results in the tail ender Cisitalia chassis. He proved a successful racer in the minor categories and was a solid runner in the midfield for grand prix racing. Amédée Gordini, the founder of Simca-Gordini, found him a staunch competitor to race against and for 1948 signed Manzon as apart of his race team. Simca-Gordini was an ambitious team but it lacked the resources to be a front runner, Manzon nonetheless remained faithful to his team.
  • First Entry & Race - Franco Rol: The 42-year-old Franco Rol, like many of his time was a wealthy hobby racer who made it into the higher categories through virtue of his talent. Beginning his career in 1947, Rol joined the Simca-Gordini team in Formula Two for the 1948 season. A series of retirements plagued his career and in 1949 he returned as a privateer racer. For 1950, Rol would start his first serious venture into Grand Prix racing when he joined the works Maserati team.
  • First Entry & Race - Harry Schell: Born to wealthy motorsport enthusiasts, 29-year-old Harry was the son of former American racer Laury Schell and wife Lucy, a keen motorsport follower who invested into major European teams such as Delahaye in the 1930s. A veteran of the Second World War, he had flown in the Finnish Air Force against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939 and then served in the United States Tank Corps in World War Two. His motor racing career had began in 1940 whilst racing in the United States, notably participating in the 1940 Indianapolis 500 with a Maserati. Following the conclusion of the war he returned to motor racing, he primarily raced casually in Formula Two or Formula Three, but proved a talented racer. For 1950, Schell decided to enter his Formula Two, Cooper-JAP, into the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix despite its serious power deficiency in comparison to the Formula One cars.
  • First Entry & Race - Raymond Sommer: One of the most experienced racers in the field, Sommer was one of the few remaining major pre-war racing drivers. At 43, he was still young enough to have a career ahead of him. He was famous for primarily racing independently as a privateer racer, rather than remain devoted to a major team and attempt to gain success. His career began in 1932, the same year he had won the 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans, the following year he repeated the feat in his first drive for a works team, this being Alfa Romeo. Nonetheless, rather than stay as a works driver he returned as an independent racer. He gained a reputation as one of the best independent racers. During 1937 and 1938, he was known for regularly swapping between being a privateer and racing for Talbot and Scuderia Ferrari throughout the seasons. In 1938, he committed to one team for the first time when he raced a season for Alfa Romeo. Sommer led at every major race but his machinery always let him down. Following the war, Sommer returned as a privateer in Formula One and Formula Two. In 1948 he completed a full season with Ferrari before in 1949 he swapped to the works Talbot-Lago team. For 1950, Sommer has rejoined Ferrari for the World Championship.
  • First Entry & Race - Maurice Trintignant: 33-year-old Trintignant had began his racing career in 1938 racing private Bugatti's. He resumed his career in 1947 when he joined the newly founded Simca-Gordini racing squad. He was known fondly in the Grand Prix scene as the 'rat dropping's man' after he retired from a race when his car became clogged with rat droppings. At the 1948 Swiss Grand Prix, Trintignant had a serious accident which left him in a coma for 6 weeks. Nonetheless, he returned to racing and the Simca-Gordini team for 1949.
  • First Entry & Race - Luigi Villoresi: The 41-year-old Villoresi began his motor racing career in 1933, but it was not until 1936 when he joined the Scuderia Ambrosiana team, racing private Maserati's that his career began to truly take off. After winning a series of minor Grands Prix, Villoresi joined the works Maserati team in 1938. He was regularly seen competing in Grands Prix alongside his younger brother, Emilio, but Emilio was killed in 1938 whilst testing for Alfa Romeo. Following the conclusion of the war, Villoresi returned to his old team, Scuderia Ambrosiana, where between 1946 and 1948 he was a regular race winner. His recent success meant that in 1949, Enzo Ferrari signed him as lead driver for his Scuderia Ferrari team. 1949 was another successful year, yielding a number of Grand Prix victories.
  • First Entry & Race - Cooper: Cooper Car Company, was only three years old in 1950, following its inception by Charles and John Cooper in 1947. In this period, the manufacturer had not planned to enter Formula One, its T12 chassis proved dominant in Formula Three, but it was not up to Formula One standard. The works team had not yet entered Formula One, and Harry Schell's decision to enter his T12 privately as a minor competitor did not see the accompany of the works team; however, nonetheless, Monaco 1950 saw the debut of Cooper cars in the Formula One field.
  • First Entry & Race - Ferrari: Although only operating as a manufacturer since 1947, Enzo Ferrari's team had been operating since 1929 where it proved to be the most successful team running Alfa Romeo chassis. In the late 1930s, Scuderia Ferrari had been one of the only teams capable of challenging the might of the German auto giants, Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. Following the war, Enzo Ferrari finally decided to start building his own cars. Ferrari immediately proved to be one of the most impressive new stables, following Alfa Romeo's original withdrawal from racing in 1948, Ferrari had been the fastest cars throughout 1949. With the return of the dominant Alfa's in 1950, Ferrari was believed to be the only manufacturer capable of challenging the Alfa's.
  • First Entry & Race - Template:Simca-Gordini-CON: Another new manufacturer formed following the conclusion of war. Simca-Gordini was formed in 1946 by Amédée Gordini; the name symbolised the relationship between Simca, the French division of automotive supergiant Fiat, and Gordini's own independent manufacturer. Nonetheless, the team ran on a tight budget, and was still behind France's top motor racing manufacturer, Talbot-Lago, in terms of pace. Nonetheless, the team and drivers were skilled and the cars ran successfully in the Formula Two division taking many victories.
  • First Entry & Race - JAP: JAP standing for 'JA Prestwich Industries' was an engine manufacturer that supplied engines to the Cooper Formula Three teams. What is now common place in modern Formula One, the partnership of Cooper and JAP where the engine and chassis manufacturers were completely different was a novelty in 1950. The JAP engine in the Cooper T12 was a motorcycle engine, commonly used in motorcycle Grand Prix, but not in motor cars. It had success in Formula Three, but the engine power was believed to be nowhere near strong enough to compete with the powerful engines of Formula One.
  • First Entry - Clemente Biondetti: At 52 years old, Biondetti was one of the most senior racers on the grid. He had began his career way back in 1927. He distinguished himself well as a privateer racer. During the 1930s, he raced primarily for minor Maserati teams as well as a full season for the works Maserati in 1931. His career was littered with bad luck and retirements; however, in 1937, he joined the Scuderia Ferrari outfit and immediately hit success. From 1938 to 1939, he finally hit success taking a number of victories and podiums for the works Alfa Romeo team. However, the war cut short his career just as it was on the rise. This seemed to be the end of his career but he was offered to take part in a number of races for Enzo Ferrari's new Ferrari team in 1948, he impressed but his time was considered behind him. Nonetheless Biondetti since returned to racing, participating mainly as a privateer.
  • First Entry - Pierre Levegh:
  • First Entry - Alfredo Piàn:
  • First Entry - Peter Whitehead:
  • Final Entry & Race - Alfredo Pián:
  • Final Entry & Race - JAP:
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V T E 1950 Formula One Season
Teams Alfa Romeo • Alta • Cooper • ERA • Ferrari • Maserati • Milano • Simca • SVA • Talbot-Lago
Engines Alfa Romeo • Alta • ERA • Ferrari • Gordini • Maserati • Jaguar • JAP • Milano • Speluzzi • Talbot
Non-works Entrants Scuderia Ambrosiana • T.A.S.O. Mathieson • Peter Walker • Joe Fry • Bob Gerard • Ecurie Belge • Enrico Platé • Joe Kelly • Geoffrey Crossley • Scuderia Achille Varzi • Horshell Racing Corporation • Philippe Étancelin • Ecurie Rosier • Cuth Harrison • Peter Whitehead • Ecurie Bleue • Raymond Sommer • Ecurie Lutetia • Antonio Branca • Charles Pozzi • Clemente Biodetti • Paul Pietsch • Guy Mairesse • Pierre Levegh
Drivers Biondetti • B. Bira • Branca • Chaboud • Chiron • Claes • Crossley • Étancelin • Fagioli • Fangio • Farina • Fry • Gerard • Giraud-Cabantous • González • De Graffenried • Hampshire • Harrison • Johnson • Levegh • Mairesse • Manzon • Martin • Murray • Pagani • Parnell • Pián • Pietsch • Pozzi • Rol • Rolt • Rosier • Sanesi • Schell • Shawe-Taylor • Sommer • Taruffi • Trintignant • Walker •
Cars Alfa Romeo 158 • Alfa Romeo 159 • Alta GP • Cooper T12 • ERA A • ERA B • ERA E • Ferrari 125 • Ferrari 166T • Ferrari 166-F2 • Ferrari 275 • Ferrari 375 • Maserati 4CL • Maserati 4CLT-48 • Maserati 4CLT-50 • Milano 1 • Simca-Gordini T15 • SVA 1500 • Talbot-Lago T26C • Talbot-Lago T26C-DA • Talbot-Lago T26C-GS
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