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 from 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.
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...
El King George VI Queen Isabel and the 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.
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.
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.
GREAT BRITAIN GRAND PRIZE 1950
TIME / CAUSE ABANDONMENT
|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|
|8||16||Philippe Etancelin||Talbot Lago||65|
|11||18||Johnny claes||Talbot Lago||64|
|ab||1||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||62||Oil duct|
|ab||20||Emmanuel de Graffenried||Maserati||36||Rod|
|ab||17||Eugène Martin||Talbot Lago||8||Oil pressure|