Ferrari Debuts at 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Scuderia Ferrari made its debut in the Formula 1 World Championship on May 21st, 1950, on the very same circuit that winds its way through the Principality of Monaco and which this coming Sunday, hosts the sixth round of the 2012 World Championship.
There were four Ferraris entered in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix: two 125 F1s, in the GP49 evolution, entrusted to the Italians Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi and two 125 F1s for France’s Raymond Sommer and the British driver Paul Whitehead. At the end of the race, Ascari had managed to finish second behind Fangio’s Alfa Romeo, while Sommer was fourth; Villoresi had to retire on lap 63 while Whitehead had failed to start, because of an engine problem.
Many years have passed since then and the Scuderia is the only team to have taken part in every championship at this the sport’s highest level. To date, Ferrari has competed in 836 Grands Prix, taken 217 wins, 205 pole positions and 228 fastest race laps. These numbers are all records as are the 16 Constructors’ championships and 15 Drivers’ titles on the Maranello roll of honour: no other team has won more than Ferrari.