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Belgium  1950 Belgian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 7 in the 1950 Formula One season
Spa 1950.jpg
Date June 18, 1950
Official name XII Grote Prijs Van Belgie
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Course Permanent racing circuit
14.120 km (8.825 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 494.2 km (308.875 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 4:37:0
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo
Time 4:34:1
Podium
First Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo
Second Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo
Third France Louis Rosier Automobiles Talbot-Darracq SA

The 1950 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 18, 1950 at Spa-Francorchamps. It was the fifth round of the 1950 World Drivers Championship.

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By the time of the Belgian Grand Prix, the pace of the season was beginning to tell, with only 14 cars arriving at the Spa circuit. These included the dominant Alfa Romeos of Nino Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli. Ferrari was down to two 125s for Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari, although Ascari had a new V12 engine to try out. The factory Talbot-Lago team had three cars for Louis Rosier, Yves Giraud-Cabantous and Philippe Étancelin (standing in for the injured Eugène Martin). The rest of the field was made up of Talbot-Lagos (notably one for Raymond Sommer), a single Alta and one Maserati for Toni Branca.

Farina and Fangio were fastest as usual in qualifying with Fagioli unable to match them. Sommer split the Ferraris in his old Talbot-Lago. The race would be a similar story. The Alfas went off on their own and Sommer battled with the two Ferraris. When the Alfa stopped for fuel, Sommer found himself in the unlikely position of being race leader. Unfortunately his engine blew up. Ascari took the lead but he had to stop for fuel and that meant that the Alfas went ahead again with Fangio leading Farina and Fagioli. Farina suffered transmission trouble in the closing laps and dropped to fourth behind the best of the surviving Talbot-Lagos being driven by Rosier. Ascari finished fifth.

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No Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre
2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari V12s P
4 Italy Alberto Ascari Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari V12s P
6 France Raymond Sommer Private Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot L6 D
8 Italy Nino Farina SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo L8s P
10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo L8s P
12 Italy Luigi Fagioli SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 158 Alfa Romeo L8s P
14 France Louis Rosier Automobiles Talbot-Darracq SA Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot L6 D
16 France Philippe Étancelin Automobiles Talbot-Darracq SA Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot L6 D
18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Automobiles Talbot-Darracq SA Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C-DA Talbot L6 D
20 France Eugène Chaboud Ecurie Lutetia Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot L6 D
22 France Pierre Levegh Private Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot L6 D
24 Belgium Johnny Claes Ecurie Belge Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot L6 D
26 United Kingdom Geoff Crossley Private Alta Alta GP Alta L4s D
30 Switzerland Toni Branca Private Maserati Maserati 4CL Maserati L4s P

Classification

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 8 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 4:37 -
2 10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 4:37 + 0
3 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 4:41 + 4
4 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 4:47 + 10
5 6 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:47 + 10
6 16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:49 + 12
7 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 4:52 + 15
8 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:53 + 16
9 18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 4:56 + 19
10 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:01 + 24
11 20 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 5:13 + 36
12 26 United Kingdom Geoff Crossley Alta 5:44 + 1:07
13 30 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 5:45 + 1:08
14 24 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot No time -

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 35 2:47:26 2 8
2 12 Italy Luigi Fagioli Alfa Romeo 35 + 14 3 6
3 14 France Louis Rosier Talbot-Lago-Talbot 35 + 2:19 8 4
4 8 Italy Nino Farina Alfa Romeo 35 + 4:05 1 4
5 4 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 34 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 2 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 33 + 2 Laps 4  
7 22 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago-Talbot 33 + 2 Laps 10  
8 24 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago-Talbot 22 + 3 Laps 14  
9 26 United Kingdom Geoff Crossley Alta 30 + 5 Laps 12  
10 30 Switzerland Toni Branca Maserati 29 + 6 Laps 11  
Ret 20 France Eugène Chaboud Talbot-Lago-Talbot 22 Oil Pipe 13  
Ret 6 France Raymond Sommer Talbot-Lago-Talbot 20 Oil Pressure 5  
Ret 16 France Philippe Étancelin Talbot-Lago-Talbot 15 Overheating 6  
Ret 18 France Yves Giraud Cabantous Talbot-Lago-Talbot 2 Oil Pipe 9  

Notes

  • Drivers: 14 competing, 14 qualified for race, 10 classified.
  • Numbers: 28 not assigned.
  • Leaders:

Drivers' Championship standings after the race

Pos Driver Points
1 Italy Nino Farina 22
2 Italy Luigi Fagioli 18
3 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio 17
4 France Louis Rosier 10
5 United States Johnnie Parsons 9
  • Note: Only the top five positions are listed. Only the best 4 results counted towards the Championship.

References

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1950/383/. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 

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