1950 British A1 Grand Prix

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The 1950 British A1 Grand Prix held at the Silverstone circuit was the inaugural Grand Prix for the newly formed A1 Grand Prix Series. The veteran, Louis Chiron took pole position for Monaco from France's Robert Manzon who had lead the free practice session.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Time Gap
1 18 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 1:25.040 Leader
2 13 Flag of France svg.png Robert Manzon 1:25.337 +0.297
3 27 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 1:25.797 +0.757
4 11 Flag of England svg.png Peter Whitehead 1:25.941 +0.901
5 16 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 1:25.956 +0.916
6 3 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 1:26.003 +0.963
7 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Paul Pietsch 1:26.152 +1.112
8 2 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 1:26.278 +1.238
9 12 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius 1:26.293 +1.253
10 4 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 1:26.425 +1.385
11 1 Flag of Argentina svg.png José Froilán González 1:26.830 +1.790
12 9 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 1:26.860 +1.820
13 29 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 1:27.013 +1.973
14 10 Flag of East Germany svg.png Willy Lehmann 1:27.044 +2.004
15 19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 1:27.079 +2.039
16 8 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 1:27.091 +2.051
17 33 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 1:27.115 +2.075
18 26 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 1:27.230 +2.190
19 15 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 1:27.248 +2.208
20 7 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Eliška Junková 1:27.508 +2.468
21 5 Canadian Red.svg.png Al Pease 1:27.786 +2.746
22 28 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 1:27.844 +2.804
23 31 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 1:28.151 +3.111
24 25 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 1:28.284 +3.244
25 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 1:28.306 +3.266
26 23 Flag of Scotland svg.png Alex McGlashan 1:28.502 +3.462
27 30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 1:29.010 +3.970
28 24 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering 1:30.482 +5.442
29 17 Flag of Mexico svg.png Luis Leal Solares 1:30.704 +5.664
30 32 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 1:32.269 +7.229
31 21 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 1:34.930 +9.890
32 6 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 1:37.581 +12.541
33 22 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 1:43.439 +18.399

Race

The start.

Robert Manzon made a great start for France, immediately passing Monaco's Louis Chiron round the outside of Copse to take the lead while Peter Whitehead for England took 2nd. Sadly Manzon's lead would be short lived as on lap 6 he briefly ran off the track at Maggotts loosing the lead to Whitehead. The three-way scrap for the lead would sadly be ruined when they came across Uruguay's Eitel Cantoni who had earlier had a collision with Scotland's Allan McGlashan. Whitehead managed to get through but Chiron and in particular Manzon were held up by Cantoni for several laps, falling into the clutches of Italy's Piero Taruffi and Switzerland's Emmanuel de Graffenried.

However on lap 27, Whitehead would suffer his own misfortune when he spun off at Abbey, causing him to loose the lead to Chiron. Later on lap 51 he was the unfortunate victim of the slow moving New Zealand car of Jack Tutton who was recovering to the pits after whacking the wall at Stowe. As the Kiwi turned into the pitlane entrance he appeared to loose control and slid into Whitehead just as the Englishman was passing on the outside. Whitehead was sent into the wall on the outside of Woodcote with a hard impact and was lucky to escape with only a minor ankle injury.

Jack Tutton crashes at lap 51.

Just two laps later, Manzon retired from 2nd with a gearbox failure which all but assured Chiron of becoming the first ever winner in A1 Grand Prix. Argentina's Jose Froilan Gonzalez managed to climb up to 2nd after a disappointing qualifying saw him start down in 11th. He took the fastest lap along the way. De Graffenried completed the podium in 3rd for Switzerland.

Chiron at the finish line to confirm his victory.

Other notable incidents included a sizeable shunt for Venezuela's Attilio Cagnasso at Woodcote which saw him escape with minor leg injuries. Cantoni and McGlashan had a small collision early on at Stowe, the latter rear ending the former which would ruin both's races as they struggled round with damaged cars for the rest of the race. Australia's Tony Gaze somehow managed to collide with Piero Taruffi in the pitlane when the Australian was released right in front of the Italian. Both of their races were ended. Finally Germany's Paul Pietsch had the misfortune of crashing out on the final lap at Stowe from 6th.

Race Classification

Pos Grid No. Driver Laps Behind Points
1 1 18 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 74 1:49:54.366 25
2 11 1 Flag of Argentina svg.png José Froilán González 74 +37.062 20
3 3 27 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 74 +46.658 16
4 10 4 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 74 +1:10.872 13
5 15 19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 74 +1:26.617 11
6 19 15 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 73 +1 lap 10
7 14 10 Flag of East Germany svg.png Willy Lehmann 73 +1 lap 9
8 20 7 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Eliška Junková 73 +1 lap 8
9 6 3 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 73 +1 lap 7
10 22 28 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 73 +1 lap 6
11 18 26 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 73 +1 lap 5
12 7 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Paul Pietsch 72 Accident 4
13 16 8 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 72 +2 laps 3
14 13 29 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 72 +2 laps 2
15 17 33 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 72 +2 laps 1
16 9 12 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius 71 +3 laps
17 27 30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 71 +3 laps
18 31 21 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 70 +4 laps
19 26 23 Flag of Scotland svg.png Alex McGlashan 70 +4 laps
20 23 31 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 68 Fuel Leak
Ret 24 25 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 64 Accident
Ret 2 13 Flag of France svg.png Robert Manzon 52 Gearbox
Ret 4 11 Flag of England svg.png Peter Whitehead 50 Collision Tutton
Ret 28 24 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering 48 Accident
Ret 25 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 46 Collision Whitehead
Ret 21 5 Canadian Red.svg.png Al Pease 35 Ignition
Ret 8 2 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 24 Collision Taruffi
Ret 5 16 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 24 Collision Gaze
Ret 29 17 Flag of Mexico svg.png Luis Leal Solares 22 Accident
Ret 33 22 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 21 Accident
Ret 32 6 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 18 Accident Damage
Ret 12 9 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 13 Brakes
Ret 30 32 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 3 Accident

Fastest Lap Flag of Argentina svg.png José Froilán González 1:24.469 Lap 57

Penalty Report

Drivers receive points on their race licence if they are deemed by the stewards to be driving in an 'unsporting manner'. Points are usually given for causing avoidable collisions, pitlane infractions or impeding fastest cars while being lapped. If a driver collects 12 points throughout the season then they are given a three month ban from racing in the series. Points are reset to zero after each season. Fines can also be given.

No. Driver Lap Penalty Reason
23 Flag of Scotland svg.png Alex McGlashan 2 2 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 30.
30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 15 2 points Impeding a faster car.
2 Flag of Australia svg.png Pit Crew 24 $10,000 Unsafe Release
33 Flag of Wales svg.png Charles Headland 27 2 points Impeding a faster car.
8 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 34 2 points Impeding a faster car.
20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 50 3 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 11.
31 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 56 2 points Impeding a faster car.