1950 F1 Championship Standings

1950 F1 season & championship standings

Nino Farina

See all final 1950 F1 results for each race, driver and team. The 1950 Grand Prix season was the inaugural round of the F1 World Championship of Drivers as we know it today.

For the first season of what is now Formula One racing, the calendar was constructed by seven Grands Prix, six in Europe and the Indianapolis 500, which was run with AAA regulations and not the Formula 1 specifications.

The main Formula 1 specifications dictated that supercharged or turbocharged engines could not exceed the 1.5-litre engine displacement, while the naturally aspirated ones could have a 4.5-litre size.


Overview & Report


1950 F1 Championship Overview

1950 F1 World Championship
NOGrand PrixDateWinnerTeamLapsTime
11950 British F1 GPMay 13Italy Nino Farina
Switzerland Alfa Romeo7002:13:23.600
21950 Monaco F1 GPMay 21Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Switzerland Alfa Romeo10003:13:18.700
31950 Indianapolis 500May 30United States Johnnie Parsons
United States Kurtis Kraft13802:46:55.970
41950 Swiss F1 GPJune 4Italy Nino Farina
Switzerland Alfa Romeo4202:02:53.700
51950 Belgian F1 GPJune 18Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Switzerland Alfa Romeo3502:47:26.000
61950 French F1 GPJuly 2Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Switzerland Alfa Romeo6402:57:52.800
71950 Italian F1 GPSeptember 3Italy Nino Farina
Switzerland Alfa Romeo8002:51:17.400


1950 F1 Championship Report

The championship was dominated by the Alfa Romeo cars, with Giuseppe ‘Nino’ Farina winning three Grands Prix and Juan Manuel Fangio dominating the other three European rounds. Ultimately, Farina’s fourth place at Belgium was the difference in a closely-fought World Championship. Alfa Romeo’s Luigi Fagioli finished third and was the driver with the most podiums in the season, though he did not win a single event.

Only the four best results of the six races counted for the World Drivers’ Championship and the points-allocation was established with an 8-6-4-3-2 format for the first five finishers and one point for the driver with the Fastest Lap of the race, regardless if that driver finished the race or not.

The Battle of The Alfettas

Farina dominated the first-ever Grand Prix, held at Silverstone. Then, the Italian crashed at Monaco as Fangio reigned supreme and Ferrari made its World Championship debut with a second-place from Alberto Ascari in the 125 F1 with a V12 supercharged engine. The Indy 500 was celebrated on 30 May 1950 without participation from the European drivers and Johnnie Parsons took the win.

Engine woes for Pole-sitter Fangio meant Farina won the 1950 Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten on 4 June 1950. Fangio struck back at Belgium after winning from second on the grid on the 14.120-kilometre Spa-Francorchamps.

Then, the Argentine maestro won again in France. Fangio qualified almost two seconds ahead of everyone at Reims-Gueux and then won with a 25-second gap over Fagioli and three laps ahead of the third-placed Peter Whitehead, driving a Ferrari. Fuel pump failure for Farina meant Fangio led the championship heading to the final showdown at Monza with two points over Fagioli and four over ‘Nino’.

Farina needed a series of results to win the crown at his home country. The Italian driver needed at least third place to have a chance if Fangio had a difficult afternoon. The worst possible result that could’ve given the title to the Italian racer was third place with the Fastest Lap of the race. Fangio was in a good spot since he could’ve earned the championship even without scoring any points.

Championship Climax at Monza

For the race at the 6.300-kilometre Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Fangio qualified on Pole two tenths ahead of Ferrari’s first superstar in the World Championship, Ascari. Farina was third, 1.6 seconds off of Fangio’s lap.

Farina took the lead at the start and lost it briefly on lap 14 to Ascari, who was driving the Ferrari 375 with the new 4.5-litre V12 engine without a supercharger. Fangio, on the other hand, had gearbox issue in his car and borrowed Piero Taruffi’s Alfetta, only to retire again with engine issues.

Farina won comfortably ahead of the Ferrari driven by Dorino Serafini and Ascari. Ascari’s car had reliability issues, but he managed to get a podium place at home for Ferrari after finishing in Serafini’s own 375. It was Serafini’s only Grand Prix and he finished second. In third place was Fagioli in one of the other Alfa Romeos.

‘Nino’ Farina, the “Gentleman of Turin”, became the first World Drivers’ Champion in history and 70 years later, he is still the only driver to seal the Formula 1 championship in his home race.

The first Formula 1 season will be remembered forever, due to the utter dominance of the Alfettas, the battle between Farina and Fangio and because it gave way to the mega-sport the Formula 1 championship is today.

The beginning of a great sport, the origin of golden history.

Here you can find the 1950 F1 teams overview.

Drivers Standings

1950 Formula 1 Drivers Championship Table

1Italy Nino Farina301*DNF1*4*71
2Italy Luigi Fagioli24 (28)2DNF2223
3Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio27DNF1*DNF11*DNF
4France Louis Rosier135DNF3364
5Italy Alberto Ascari112DNF5DNQ2
6United States Johnnie Parsons91*
7United States Bill Holland62
8Thailand Prince Bira5DNF54DNF
9Monaco Louis Chiron4DNF39DNFDNF
10United States Mauri Rose43
11United Kingdom Peter Whitehead4DNS37
12United Kingdom Reg Parnell43DNF
13United States Cecil Green34
14Italy Dorino Serafini32
15France Philippe Étancelin38DNFDNFDNF55
16France Raymond Sommer34DNFDNFDNFDNF
17France Robert Manzon3DNF4DNF
18France Yves Giraud Cabantous34DNFDNF8
19Italy Felice Bonetto25DNFDNS
20France Eugène Chaboud1DNF5
21United States Joie Chitwood15
22United States Tony Bettenhausen15
23Argentina Alfredo Piàn0DNS
24United States Bayliss Levrett027
25United States Bill Cantrell027
26United States Bill Schindler026
27United Kingdom Bob Gerard066
28United Kingdom Brian Shawe Taylor010
29France Charles Pozzi06
30Italy Clemente Biondetti0DNF
31Italy Consalvo Sanesi0DNF
32United Kingdom Cuth Harrison07DNFDNF
33United Kingdom David Hampshire09DNF
34United Kingdom David Murray0DNFDNF
35United States Dick Rathmann032
36United States Duane Carter012
37United States Duke Dinsmore033
38France Eugène Martin0DNFDNF
39Italy Franco Comotti0DNPDNF
40Italy Franco Rol0DNFDNFDNF
41United States Fred Agabashian028
42United States Gene Hartley016
43United Kingdom Geoff Crossley0DNF9
44United States George Connor08
45France Guy Mairesse0DNF
46United States Harry Schell0DNF8
47France Henri Louveau0DNF
48United States Henry Banks025
49United States Jack McGrath014
50United States Jackie Holmes023
51United States Jerry Hoyt021
52United States Jim Rathmann024
53United States Jimmy Davies017
54United States Jimmy Jackson029
55United Kingdom Joe Fry010
56Ireland Joe Kelly0NC
57Belgium Johnny Claes0117108DNFDNF
58United States Johnny McDowell018
59Argentina José Froilán González0DNFDNF
60United States Lee Wallard06
61United Kingdom Leslie Johnson0DNF
62Italy Luigi Villoresi0DNFDNF6DNQ
63United States Mack Hellings013
64France Maurice Trintignant0DNFDNF
65United States Myron Fohr011
66Italy Nello Pagani07
67United States Pat Flaherty010
68Germany Paul Pietsch0DNF
69United States Paul Russo09
70United Kingdom Peter Walker0DNF
71Italy Piero Taruffi0DNF
72France Pierre Levegh07DNFDNF
73United States Sam Hanks030
74United States Spider Webb020
75Switzerland Toni Branca01110
76United Kingdom Tony Rolt0DNF
77Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried0DNFDNF66
78United States Troy Ruttman015
79United States Walt Ader022
80United States Walt Brown019
81United States Walt Faulkner07

1950 F1 results distribution of points: 1st = 9, 2nd = 6, 3rd = 4, 4th = 3, 5th = 2 point

DNQ = Did Not Qualify, DNS = Did Not Start, Ret = Retired, DSQ = Disqualified, NC = Not Classified

Drivers Stats

1950 F1 Drivers Statistics Table

Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio7300343503427
France Louis Rosier7002202850213
Italy Nino Farina6300322823230
Italy Luigi Fagioli6041502910128
Italy Alberto Ascari6020202380211
France Philippe Étancelin600000277033
Belgium Johnny Claes600000251020
Monaco Louis Chiron500110182034
France Raymond Sommer500000188043
Thailand Prince Bira400000185025
France Yves Giraud Cabantous400000122023
Switzerland Toulo de Graffenried400000148020
Italy Luigi Villoresi400000105020
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead300110133014
France Robert Manzon30000068023
Italy Felice Bonetto30000054022
France Eugène Chaboud30000081011
France Pierre Levegh30000098020
Italy Franco Rol30000045030
United Kingdom Cuth Harrison300000118020
United Kingdom Reg Parnell20011079014
United States Tony Bettenhausen200000166011
France Eugène Martin20000027020
United Kingdom David Hampshire20000069010
France Maurice Trintignant20000013020
United Kingdom Bob Gerard200000161000
United Kingdom Geoff Crossley20000073010
United Kingdom David Murray200000100020
Argentina José Froilán González2000004020
Switzerland Toni Branca20000064000
Italy Franco Comotti20000015010
United States Harry Schell20000039010
United States Johnnie Parsons110010138109
United States Bill Holland101010137006
United States Mauri Rose100110137004
United States Cecil Green100000137003
Italy Dorino Serafini10101080003
United States Joie Chitwood100000136001
United States Walt Ader100000123000
Italy Clemente Biondetti10000017010
United States Lee Wallard100000136000
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United Kingdom Peter Walker1000005010
France Guy Mairesse10000042010
United States Gene Hartley100000128000
United Kingdom Brian Shawe Taylor10000032000
United States Dick Rathmann10000025010
United States Mack Hellings100000132000
Italy Consalvo Sanesi10000011010
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United States Jackie Holmes100000123010
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United Kingdom Tony Rolt1000005010
France Charles Pozzi10000056000
United States Jimmy Davies100000128000
Ireland Joe Kelly10000057010
United States Duke Dinsmore10000010010
United States Jack McGrath100000131010
Germany Paul Pietsch1000000010
United States Jimmy Jackson10000052010
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France Henri Louveau10000016010
United States Bill Cantrell100000108010
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United States Jim Rathmann100000122000
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United Kingdom Leslie Johnson1000002010
United States Johnny McDowell100000128000
United States Troy Ruttman100000130000
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Teams Standings

1950 F1 Constructors Championship Table

The World Constructors Championship did not exist until 1958.

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