Ferrari Argues over Prize Money

The 1950 Grand Prix season marked the genesis of Formula One, setting the stage for one of the world’s most prestigious motorsport competitions.

 The inaugural season of the Formula One World Championship commenced in 1950, with the first race held at Silverstone Circuit.

The new racing series was under the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

The FIA soon realised they had success on their hands. One hundred and fifty thousand fans attended the Silverstone GP.

Alfa Romeo’s dominance was a defining feature of the 1950 season, concluding victory in six out of seven races. 

Legendary drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio and Giuseppe Farina showcased the superiority of Alfa Romeo cars.

Seven races were held in diverse locations during the 1950 season, including the UK, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, and the United States.

Races took place on legendary circuits like Silverstone, Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps, and Monza, which have since become synonymous with F1.

Curiously, the grid appealed to drivers from various countries, confirming the sport’s growing global popularity. 

Drivers came from Argentina, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

The 1950 season was the debut of the legend that is Juan Manuel Fangio.

The 1950 Grand Prix season is pivotal in motorsport history. It heralded the dawn of modern Formula One racing and the evolution of a global phenomenon.

Oh, as to Ferrari, they decided not to race in the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone due to a disagreement about the ‘Start Money’ paid to entrants.