1950 German A1 Grand Prix

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The 1950 German A1 Grand Prix was the fifth round of the inaugural A1 Grand Prix season. France's Maurice Trintignant took his second consecutive pole position.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No. Driver Time Gap
1 13 Flag of France svg.png Maurice Trintignant 7:17.097 Leader
2 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Paul Pietsch 7:20.004 +2.907
3 16 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 7:20.451 +3.354
4 3 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 7:21.241 +4.137
5 23 Flag of Scotland svg.png Comish Hunter 7:23.089 +5.992
6 33 Flag of Wales svg.png Jack Niell 7:23.815 +6.718
7 19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 7:23.909 +6.812
8 28 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 7:25.142 +8.045
9 26 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 7:25.838 +8.741
10 18 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 7:25.978 +8.875
11 29 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 7:26.000 +8.903
12 8 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 7:26.249 +9.146
13 2 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 7:26.433 +9.330
14 4 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 7:26.717 +9.614
15 15 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 7:27.727 +10.624
16 1 Flag of Argentina svg.png José Froilán González 7:28.314 +11.211
17 31 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 7:29.734 +12.631
18 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 7:30.687 +13.584
19 5 Canadian Red.svg.png Al Pease 7:30.715 +13.612
20 9 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 7:32.167 +15.064
21 25 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 7:33.341 +16.238
22 30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 7:39.677 +22.574
23 6 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 7:48.625 +31.522
24 32 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 7:48.736 +31.633
25 17 Flag of Mexico svg.png Leo Almanza 7:53.081 +35.978
26 27 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 9:54.070 +2:36.967
27 11 Flag of England svg.png Reg Parnell 10:52.334 +3:35.231
28 24 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering No Time
29 21 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington No Time
30 10 Flag of East Germany svg.png Willy Lehmann No Time
31 12 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius No Time
32 7 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Zdenek Pohl No Time
33 22 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri No Time

Race

The battle for 3rd on lap 2.

France's Maurice Trintignant had a great start from pole position and maintained the lead from Germany's Paul Pietsch and Scotland's Comish Hunter who had got a great start from 5th. The Scot who had been one of the surprise performers of the weekend would manage to remain in 3rd for the whole of the first lap though he was unable to keep up with Trintignant and Pietsch. Meanwhile further back, Reg Parnell continued his miserable debut with England with a gearbox failure which resulted in him having to crawl around in second gear for the final half of the first lap. He would rejoin the race, running a similar pace to the leaders but he would loose two laps. Northern Ireland's Desmond Titterington had the misfortune of sliding off on oil left on the track from Parnell's gearbox and whacking the barrier through Kesselchen. Denmark's Robert Nellemann also had a spin at Wehrseifen which saw him collect Australian's Tony Gaze.

Lap 2 saw both Pietsch and Italy's Piero Taruffi hit troubles. The German suffered a similar issue to Parnell from which he wound up two laps down from having to crawl around most of the track. The Italian meanwhile spun at Brunnchen, lightly tapping the barrier enough to force him to make an unscheduled stop to repair the damage. Hunter made an unforced error at Wehrseifen which saw him drop down behind Belgium's Johnny Claes, Thailand's Prince Bira, Wales' Jack Niell and Monaco's Louis Chiron. Chrion would then earn himself some penalty points when he made an optimistic move on Niell at Dottinger Hole which saw them collide. Neither were out on the spot but both were forced to pit for repairs, then later Chiron would retire from the damage caused from the contact.

Lap 3 saw the largest crash of the race involving Claes and Hunter who were now 2nd and 3rd. Claes ran up the embankment at Bergwerk making contact with the barrier at the top. He rolled over once, thankfully at a slow speed, though he was collected by Hunter. Neither driver were injured but they were both out of the race.

After all of the bad luck that hit his closest rivals, Trintignant was enjoying a lead of over 30 seconds after lap 3 from Bira, Argentina's José Froilán González and Brasil's Chico Landi. Most drivers would make their first pitstops after lap 3 but Trintignant and Czechoslovakia's Zdenek Pohl managed to get to lap 4. However Trintignant would suffer his own issues as an engine misfire cropped up just before his pitstop. He managed to make it to the pits where he went through a lengthly stop which saw him loose the lead to Gonzalez, who himself had managed to get past Bira during their stops the lap before. Trintignant's problems weren't over however as his straight line speed was still weak and this caused him to gradually slip through the field during the second stint, losing positions to Bira, Switzerland's Toulo de Graffenried who was climbing his way through from the back of the grid and Brasil's Chico Landi. By the time the second round of pitstops came on lap 7 he was nearly caught up by the recovering but out of pit sequence Taruffi.

Gonzalez had built up a large lead over Bira by the second round of pitstops. The Thai prince would loose out to de Graffenried who at that point looked like the only driver who had the pace to match Gonzalez. Meanwhile Trintignant seemed to have sorted out his earlier problems as he was back to a competitive pace during the third stint and attacking Landi for 4th. About half a minute behind them was Pohl who was having an impressive showing after starting from near the back.

Most drivers would only have to make one more pitstop but in the case of Bira and Landi they made their third pitstops too soon, meaning they would not have enough fuel to make the finish. This meant that they would have to make a fourth stop before the final lap, causing them to loose out to Trintignant and Pohl respectively.

Gonzalez only looked in doubt of taking the chequered flag once during the rest of the race and that was when he would end up stuck behind Uruguay's Eitel Cantoni for an entire lap, meaning that his lead over de Graffenried was nearly evaporated. Fortunately he would get by him at the start of lap 12, just before the Swiss driver caught up to him. Then de Graffenried was caught behind Cantoni himself which allowed the gap to build up to over ten seconds again.

On the final lap however, mechanical woes would strike de Graffenried as he hit gearbox troubles. He managed to struggle back to the finish line but by then he had dropped to 5th behind Trintignant, Bira and Pohl. Landi also suffered mechanical failure on the final lap after he blew his engine while running in 6th.

So Gonzalez was joined on the podium by Trintignant and Bira, the former's result at allowed France to close up to just a point behind Switzerland in the championship battle.

Gonzalez wins for Argentina.

Race Classification

Pos Grid No. Driver Laps Behind Points
1 16 13 Flag of Argentina svg.png José Froilán González 14 1:47:52.591 25
2 1 1 Flag of France svg.png Maurice Trintignant 14 +2:02.135 20
3 8 28 Flag of Thailand svg.png B. Bira 14 +2:19.614 16
4 32 7 Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Zdenek Pohl 14 +3:16.946 13
5 26 27 Flag of Switzerland svg.png Toulo de Graffenried 14 +4:15.227 11
6 3 16 Flag of Italy svg.png Piero Taruffi 14 +4:40.759 10
7 15 15 Flag of Ireland svg.png Joe Kelly 14 +5:10.895 9
8 6 33 Flag of Wales svg.png Jack Niell 14 +5:19.722 8
9 31 12 Flag of Finland svg.png Asser Wallenius 14 +5:32.661 7
10 19 5 Canadian Red.svg.png Al Pease 14 +6:59.417 6
11 14 4 Flag of Brazil svg.png Chico Landi 13 Engine 5
12 11 29 Flag of the United States svg.png Johnnie Parsons 13 +1 lap 4
13 18 20 Flag of New Zealand svg.png Jack Tutton 13 +1 lap 3
14 22 30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 13 +1 lap 2
15 24 32 Flag of Venezuela svg.png Attilio Cagnasso 13 +1 lap 1
NC 27 11 Flag of England svg.png Reg Parnell 12 +2 laps
NC 2 14 Flag of Germany svg.png Paul Pietsch 12 +2 laps
NC 7 19 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Dries van der Lof 11 +3 laps
Ret 30 10 Flag of East Germany svg.png Willy Lehmann 9 Engine
Ret 21 25 Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg.png Paco Godia 6 Accident Damage
Ret 10 18 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 5 Collision Damage Niell
Ret 17 31 Flag of the Soviet Union svg.png Mikhail Metelev 5 Overheating
Ret 20 9 Flag of the Dominican Republic svg.png Porfirio Rubirosa 3 Piston
Ret 9 26 Flag of Sweden svg.png Erik Lundgren 3 Transmission
Ret 28 24 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Ernest Geering 3 Accident
Ret 4 3 Flag of Belgium svg.png Johnny Claes 2 Collision Hunter
Ret 5 23 Flag of Scotland svg.png Comish Hunter 2 Collision Claes
Ret 23 6 Flag of Colombia svg.png Arcesio Paz 1 Accident
Ret 25 17 Flag of Mexico svg.png Leo Almanza 1 Gearbox
Ret 13 2 Flag of Australia svg.png Tony Gaze 1 Collision Damage Nellemann
Ret 33 22 Flag of Peru.png Luis Asteñgo Albizuri 1 Accident Damage
Ret 29 21 Flag of Northern Ireland svg.png Desmond Titterington 0 Accident
Ret 12 8 Flag of Denmark svg.png Robert Nelleman 0 Collision Gaze

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
18 Flag of Monaco svg.png Louis Chiron 2 2 points Causing an avoidable collision with car 33.
30 Flag of Uruguay svg.png Eitel Cantoni 11 2 points Impeding a faster car