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 May 21 1950 and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio from lights to flag. Fangio also set the fastest lap, thus completing the first hat-trick in Formula One history.
Alfa Romeo were back with their standard squad of Farina, Fagioli and Fangio while a new constructor entered the grid for Round 2 of the 1950 Formula One Season at the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix, the Ferrari team ran by Enzo Ferrari the former Alfa Romeo Principal in the 30s who lead the team to greatness. Now with his own team Ferrari was expected to be the biggest threat to the dominant Alfas. Italians Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi and Frenchman Raymond Sommer were the men chosen to tackle the mighty Alfas. A private Ferrari for Peter Whitehead was also entered.
The Cooper team ran by Charles Cooper and John Cooper made a one off appearance in Monaco with American Harry Schell at the wheel in an unusual rear engined car which at the time was very rare and unpopular.
Qualifying was wet at the first Monaco Grand Prix and Alfredo Piàn crashed his car heavily during the session and was unable to participate in the race. Juan Manuel Fangio to took pole ahead of Farina and an impressive José Froilán González in a Maserati racing for Scuderia Achille Vazzi who prevailed in the wet where teammate Piàn did not. The private Talbot-Lago of Étancelin was 4th with Fagioli 5th and the Ferraris of Villoresi and Ascari started 6th and 7th with Sommer down in 9th.
|______________||2||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|José Froilán González|
|13||Emmanuel de Graffenried|
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.
As the cars made there way around the first lap, little did they know their had been a tidal wave at the harbour base circuit and had flooded some of the corners.
As the drivers entered Tabac, Nino Farina who was running second spun his Alfa on the wet track and was rammed by José Froilán González and in turn, he was rammed by Luigi Fagioli. This caused a multi-car pile up counting for Louis Rosier, Robert Manzon, Emmanuel de Graffenried, Maurice Trintignant, Cuth Harrison, Franco Rol and Harry Schell all retiring.
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. Franco Rol also was injured and suffered a broken wrist which would put him out of contention for awhile as well. Only 9 cars survived the incident and Ferrari 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.
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 leaving second place open to Ascari, after a long hard battle Louis Chiron finally managed to get his Maserati past Raymond Sommer and move into third place where he stayed for the remainder of the Grand Prix and took a podium finish in front of his home crowd. The race however was dominated by Fangio who saw absolutely no challenge from any of his rivals with his teammates being taken out on the first lap and showed Ferrari had work to do if they were going to catch the Alfas.
|1||34||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||100||3:13:18.7||98.701||1||9|
|2||40||Alberto Ascari||Ferrari||99||+ 1 lap||97.251||7||6|
|3||48||Louis Chiron||Maserati||98||+ 2 laps||96.191||8||4|
|4||42||Raymond Sommer||Ferrari||97||+ 3 laps||95.451||9||3|
|5||50||Prince Bira||Maserati||95||+ 5 laps||93.363||15||2|
|6||26||Bob Gerard||ERA||94||+ 6 laps||92.317||16|
|7||6||Johnny Claes||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||94||+ 6 laps||92.254||18|
|Ret||14||Philippe Étancelin||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||38||Oil leak||4|
|Ret||2||José Froilán González||Maserati||1||Accident||3|
|Ret||32||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||2|
|Ret||36||Luigi Fagioli||Alfa Romeo||0||Accident||5|
|Ret||52||Emmanuel de Graffenried||Maserati||0||Accident||12|
|DNP||18||Charles Pozzi||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||Not present|
|DNP||20||Yves Giraud-Cabantous||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||Not present|
|DNP||22||Pierre Levegh||Talbot-Lago-Talbot||Not Present|
|DNP||46||Clemente Biondetti||Maserati||Car unavailable|
|1||34||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||?||1:51.0||103.135||1|
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||1–100||100||318.000 km|
|1||Juan Manuel Fangio||100||318.000 km|
Drivers Championship only
|2||Juan Manuel Fangio||9|
- First Formula One grand chelem.
- Débuts for drivers Alberto Ascari, Raymond Sommer, Robert Manzon, Luigi Villoresi, Harry Schell, José Froilán González, Maurice Trintignant and Franco Rol.
- Début for engine manufacturers Ferrari, Simca Gordini and JAP.
- Alfredo Piàn's only entry.
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