Louis Chiron in the Écurie France Talbot-Lago at the 1949 British GP.  Copyright The GP Library 2011.  Used with permission.

Formula 1 1949

As in 1948, the AIACR nominated the Grands Prix of Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Italy as Grandes Épreuves, the last of these being given the title European Grand Prix. After the slightly mysterious withdrawal of Alfa Corse, the Ferraris were the quickest cars of 1949, with Alberto Ascari winning at Bremgarten and at Monza, but Juan Manuel Fangio won five of the lesser Grands Prix in his Maserati 4CLT. Louis Chiron took a surprise win in his Lago-Talbot at the French GP after Luigi Villoresi's Ferrari and Fangio's Maserati both retired. It was the second time that season Villoresi had started from pole and retired - he'd suffered the same fate at Silverstone in a Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati.

The only other marque to win in F1 in 1949 was ERA, Bob Gerard taking the newest of the B-Types, R14B, to victory on Jersey and on the Isle of Man as well as second place in the British GP.

The races

3 Apr 1949 > Gran Premio di San Remo at Autodromo di Ospedaletti

18 Apr 1949 > Grand Prix de Pau

18 Apr 1949 > Richmond Trophy at Goodwood

24 Apr 1949 > Grand Prix de Paris at Montlhéry

28 Apr 1949 > Jersey Road Race at St Helier

8 May 1949 > Circuit du Roussillon at Perpignan

14 May 1949 > British Grand Prix at Silverstone

22 May 1949 > Marseilles Grand Prix

22 May 1949 > Preis der Ostschweiz at Erlen

26 May 1949 > British Empire Trophy at Douglas

5 Jun 1949 > Grand Prix des Frontieres at Chimay

19 Jun 1949 > Grand Prix de Belgique at Spa-Francorchamps

3 Jul 1949 > Grosser Preis der Schweiz at Bremgarten

10 Jul 1949 > Grand Prix d'Albi

17 Jul 1949 > Grand Prix de France (French Grand Prix) at Reims

31 Jul 1949 > Grote Prijs van Zandvoort

20 Aug 1949 > International Trophy at Silverstone

28 Aug 1949 > Lausanne Grand Prix

11 Sep 1949 > Gran Premio d'Italia (Italian Grand Prix) at Monza

17 Sep 1949 > Goodwood Trophy

25 Sep 1949 > Czechoslovakian Grand Prix at Brno

9 Oct 1949 > Coupe du Salon at Montlhéry


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