The Ferrari 125 F1 was Scuderia Ferrari's first Formula One car. It was used by the Italian team during the 1950 and 1951 seasons in a total of eight World Championship Grands Prix, having previously been used in Grands Prix in 1948 and 1949.

Ferrari 125 in Action[edit | edit source]

For 1950, the first year of World Championship racing Ferrari used the Ferrari 125 and had three factory drivers, Italians Alberto Ascari & Luigi Villoresi and Frenchman Raymond Sommer.

The team were not present at Silverstone for the first round of the championship but figured well at Monaco where many of the drivers were involved in the first lap accident that claimed 10 of the cars.

Ascari and Sommer escaped the drama and Villoresi survived but stalled, after he got going again he charged through the field, overtaking his teammate and friend Ascari for second before retiring with a damaged rear axel. Ascari would finish second with Sommer 4th.

Ascari battles in Bern

The next race they entered was round 4, the Swiss GP at Bremgarten but all Ferrari's retired early on with mechanical problems. Sommer only managed to qualify thirteenth in Switzerland and was dropped by the team for round 5 at Spa-Francochamps.

At Spa Sommer was on fire, passing the Ferrari's in his ageing Talbot-Lago and became the first driver none Alfa 

Whitehead was the only Ferrari at Reims

Romeo driver to lead a race but blew his engine in the process. Sommer had starred whilst the Ferrari's of Ascari and Villoresi had snook home and disappointing 5th and 6th.

The team moved onto to France but Enzo Ferrari was not satsified with the pace of his cars and pulled them out of the race whilst privateer Peter Whitehead brough his Ferrari 125 home 3rd after starting from the back.

Ferrari spent time testing a new car at Geneva, the Ferrari 375 which would be the factory car from this point onwards.

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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United Kingdom Peter Whitehead D DNS 3 7
Italy Luigi Villoresi P Ret Ret 6
Italy Alberto Ascari 2 Ret
France Raymond Sommer 4
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United Kingdom Peter Whitehead D Ret Ret
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Victories[edit | edit source]

Non-Championship Events
Date Location Driver
October 24, 1948 Garda Circuit, Salo Italy Giussepe Farina
July 3, 1949 Switzerland Grand Prix, Bern Italy Alberto Ascari
July 31, 1949 Zandvoort Grand Prix Italy Luigi Villoresi
August 20, 1949 Daily Express Trophy, Silverstone Italy Alberto Ascari
September 11, 1949 Italian Grand Prix, Monza Italy Alberto Ascari
September 25, 1949 Masaryk Circuit, Brno United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
July 13, 1950 Jersey Road Race United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
August 12, 1950 Ulster Trophy, Dundrod United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
October 1, 1950 Interstate Race, Interlagos Brazil Chico Landi
January 25, 1951 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Brazil Chico Landi
May 20, 1951 Governador Noguera Garcez Race, Interlagos Brazil Chico Landi
June 28, 1951 Boa Vista Grand Prix, Rio de Janiero Brazil Chico Landi

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Scored 12 non-championship victories
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