Formula 1 celebrates 70 years

The first race of the premier class of motorsport was held on May 13, 1950 in Silverstone (Great Britain) and was won by the Italian Nino Farina with Alfa Romeo.

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During the Segunda Guerra Mundial from that aerodrome located in the English town of Northamptonshire and founded in 1943 the bombers took off Vickers wellignton of Royal Air Force. From there the ships flew to the territories occupied by the Nazis with the mission of destroying with their bombs the enemy bases that were in their path.

Once the war conflict ended, which had a balance of more than 50 million dead, the air station of Silverstone was transformed into a race track thanks to the effort of the Royal Automobile Club. He May 13 1950 that circuit was the scene of a special competition: The Grand Prix of Europe / Grand Prix of Great Britain, such the official name of the event.

1950 British GP start.
1950 British GP start.

Although in 1948 and 1949 two editions of this test had been disputed, this new appointment had an extra flavor: it was the first date of the World Drivers Championship, a new attempt of the International Association of Automobile Recognized Clubs -the actual International Automobile Federation- for elevating motorsport after the fiascos of the Builders World Cup, which was played between 1925 and 1930; and the Championship European Pilots, which had editions between 1931 and 1939 with a hiatus in 1933 and 1934.

The new AIACR proposal allowed participation with the Grand Prix type cars, which had accumulated dust during the war. It was decided to use the regulation that allowed 1.500 cm3 engines with compressor and 4.500 with normal power. That formula, as the technical regulations were known at that time, was what allowed the machines to get all their power and was known as F1...

1950 British GP 5
Official program of the European Grand Prix, the official name of the competition organized by the Royal Automobile Club.

El King George VI Queen Isabel and Princess Margaret were the guests of honor of this competition in which there were 21 pilots representing the Argentina, Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Thailand, Belgium, Ireland and obviously, Britain.

The number of marks on the track was not so numerous. There were only five: the Italians Alfa Romeo y Maserati, the english English Racing Automobile (It was and Alta and French Talbot Lago. The Scuderia Ferrari, founded by a former Alfa Romeo employee named Enzo Ferrari, He had not been able to finish his cars for that commitment and decided to miss the appointment ...

Nothing suggested that at the beginning of this brand new tournament things were going to be different from what had already been happening in other events in Europe. The model 158 Alfa Romeo, which everyone knew as Alfetta, had already been unbeatable. That's why no one was surprised by the overwhelming 1-2-3-4 achieved by the brand's official team in qualifying with the Italians Giuseppe farina y Luigi fagioli, the Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio and American Reg parnell.

Nino Farina
Farina was the great dominator of the race.

The dominance of the Alfetta remained in the race. Farina led 63 of the 70 laps and took the win. Fagioli scored six and finished second. While Parnell came third on the winner's lap despite the damage suffered to his car after running over a hare. Fangio, who came to be at the front of the pack during a turn, quit due to a mechanical problem (a broken oil duct) eight laps from the end and while escorting the leader.

Among the runners who took the exit were el Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh (better known as Prince Bira), a prominent pilot and member of the Thai royal family; Y el baron Emmanuel "Toulo" by Graffenried, a Swiss who had won the 1949 edition of the British race before the World Cup.

Bira classified his Maserati 4CLT / 48 from the team led by the Italian Enrico Platé fifth, but then dropped out due to lack of fuel. De Graffenried, with a similar machine from the same team, could not see the checkered flag either, in his case due to an engine failure.

Giuseppe Farina 1950
The award ceremony.

In this GP also ran a well-known jazz musician of the time: The Belgian by nationality and Londoner by birth Johnny claes, leader of the band "Johnny Claes and the Clay Pigeons." Claes led his Ecurie Belge Talbot T26 to eleventh and last place.

The competition, witnessed by more than 150.000 spectators, was a success and excited the International Association of Recognized Automobile Clubs that this time it did not fail. Thus, that World Drivers' Championship managed to maintain itself over time, although with another name that has become synonymous with excellence and technology ... Formula 1.








1 2 Giuseppe farina Alfa Romeo 70  2h 13m 23.6s  (146.378 km / h)
2 3 Luigi fagioli Alfa Romeo 70  2h 13m 26.2s  (+ 02.6s)
3 4 Reg parnell Alfa Romeo 70  2h 14m 15.6s  (+ 52.0s)
4 14 Yves Giraud-Cabantous Talbot Lago 68
5 15 Louis rosier Talbot Lago 68
6 12 Bob gerard ERA 67
7 11 Cuth Harrison ERA 67
8 16 Philippe Etancelin Talbot Lago 65
9 6 David Hampshire Maserati 64
10 10 Joe fry Maserati 45
& Brian Shawe-Taylor 19
11 18 Johnny claes Talbot Lago 64
ab 1 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo 62  Oil duct
nc 23 Joe Kelly Alta 57
ab 21 Prince bira Maserati 49  Food
ab 5 David Murray Maserati 44  Engine
ab 24 Geoff crossley Alta 43  Transfer
ab 20 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 36  Rod
ab 19 Louis Chiron Maserati 24  Clutch
ab 17 Eugène Martin Talbot Lago 8  Oil pressure
ab 9 Peter Walker ERA 2
& Tony rolt 3  Gearbox
ab 8 Leslie johnson ERA 2  Compressor


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Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog:

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