Giuseppe Farina

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Nino Farina
FIA Super Licence Flag of Italy Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1950 Formula One season - 1955 Formula One season
TeamsAlfa Romeo (Formula One), Ferrari
Races34 (33 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions1 (1950 Formula One season)
Wins5
Podiums20[1]
Career points115.33 (127.33)[2]
Pole position5
Fastest lap5
First race1950 British Grand Prix
First win1950 British Grand Prix
Last win1953 German Grand Prix
Last race1955 Italian Grand Prix

Emilio Giuseppe "Nino" Farina (October 30 1906 - June 30, 1966) was an Italy Racing driver. He stands out in the history of Grand Prix motor racing for his much copied 'straight-arm' driving style and his status as the first ever Formula One World Champion.

Biography


Farina driving an Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta.

Farina, born in Turin, Italy and nicknamed "Nino", was a doctor of engineering and nephew of Battista Farina of the coach building company. He began his motor racing career in hillclimbs, graduating to circuit racing with Maserati. But it was not until he moved to Alfa Romeo in motorsport, as number two driver to the great Tazio Nuvolari, that his racing career really blossomed. During the late 1930s he won numerous minor races in the Voiturette class, securing himself the Italy Drivers' Champion three years in a row (1937-1939). He then went on to take his first major race win, at the 1940 Tripoli Grand Prix in Libya. Sadly for Farina, he was just reaching his peak as a driver at the outbreak of World War II, and it would be another eight years before he would win a major race.

Entering post-war Grands Prix in a privately owned Maserati, Farina took a win at the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix. When the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile announced the inaugural World Championship for 1950, Farina secured a drive alongside Juan Manuel Fangio and countryman Luigi Fagioli at the dominant Alfa Romeo team, driving the invincible 158 Alfetta cars. Farina took 3 wins from the 7 races of the 1950 season, securing himself the first ever World Championship. It was the pinnacle of his career.

In 1951, he was forced to play second fiddle to Fangio, whose pace was too much for Farina to match. Farina had to make do with a solitary success at the 1951 Belgian Grand Prix, and wins at non-championship races. Moving to Ferrari in 1952, Farina found himself being outdone by another younger team-mate, this time Alberto Ascari who went on to win nine successive World Championship Grand Prix in 1952 and 1953.

Farina's first win for Ferrari, and the last of his 5 World Championship wins, came at the Nürburgring in the 1953 German Grand Prix. That year, he also teamed up with fellow F1 driver Mike Hawthorn to win the Spa 24 Hours endurance race. At the beginning of 1954, Farina won a round of the World Sports Car Championship, only to be badly burnt following a startline crash at the Sports Car race at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Farina attempted a comeback in 1955, dosing himself with painkillers and scoring a couple of points finishes. However, conceding defeat, he retired from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

In 1956 he made a half-hearted attempt at the Indianapolis 500, crashing in the process, only to break his collar bone after a crash at a minor race at Monza. Again he recovered and tried the Indy 500, but this time his team-mate had a fatal crash while practicing in Farina's race car, and Farina decided to give up for good.

A notable character in early World Championship Grand Prix racing, Farina was noted for his driving style and intelligence, but also his petulant streak and his disregard for his fellow competitors on the race track. He was involved in the fatal accidents of Marcel Lehoux in the 1936 Grand Prix de Deauville[3] and László Hartmann at Tripoli in 1938 [4][5]. It was ironic that after all the injuries he sustained in the latter part of his career, it was in a car crash that he finally lost his life at Chambery in France, whilst driving to spectate at the 1966 French Grand Prix.

Complete Formula One results


(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points[2]
1950 Formula One season Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Straight-8 1950 British Grand Prix
1
1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1950 Indianapolis 500
1950 Swiss Grand Prix
1
1950 Belgian Grand Prix
4
1950 French Grand Prix
7
1950 Italian Grand Prix
1
1st 30
1951 Formula One season Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Straight-8 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
3
1951 Indianapolis 500
1951 Belgian Grand Prix
1
1951 French Grand Prix
5
4th 19 (22)
Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta 1951 British Grand Prix
Ret
1951 German Grand Prix
Ret
Alfa Romeo (Formula One) Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta 1951 Italian Grand Prix
3*
1951 Spanish Grand Prix
3
1952 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
Ret
1952 Indianapolis 500
1952 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1952 French Grand Prix
2
1952 British Grand Prix
6
1952 German Grand Prix
2
1952 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1952 Italian Grand Prix
4
2nd 24 (27)
1953 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 1953 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1953 Indianapolis 500
1953 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1953 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1953 French Grand Prix
5
1953 British Grand Prix
3
1953 German Grand Prix
1
1953 Swiss Grand Prix
2
1953 Italian Grand Prix
2
3rd 26 (32)
1954 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 625 F1 Ferrari Straight-4 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
2
1954 Indianapolis 500
1954 French Grand Prix
1954 British Grand Prix
1954 German Grand Prix
1954 Swiss Grand Prix
1954 Italian Grand Prix
1954 Spanish Grand Prix
8th 6
Ferrari Ferrari 553 F1 1954 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1955 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 625 F1 Ferrari Straight-4 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
2**
5th 10.33
Ferrari Ferrari 625 F1 1955 Monaco Grand Prix
4
Ferrari Ferrari 555 F1 1955 Indianapolis 500
1955 Belgian Grand Prix
3
Lancia in Formula One Lancia D50 Lancia in Formula One V8 engine 1955 Dutch Grand Prix
1955 British Grand Prix
1955 Italian Grand Prix
DNS

* Indicates Shared Drive
** In the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix, Farina finished both 2nd (shared drive with Trintignant and Gonzalez) and 3rd (shared drive with Maglioli and Trintignant). He was awarded one-third of the points for each result.

Notes


  1. total of 20 podiums includes both 2nd place and 3rd place at the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
  2. 2.0 2.1 Up until 1990 Formula One season, not all points scored by a driver contributed to their final World Championship tally (see List of Formula One World Championship pointscoring systems for more information). Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  3. "I GRAND PRIX DE DEAUVILLE". http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman. http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/gp364.htm#22. 
  4. "XII° GRAN PREMIO DI TRIPOLI". http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman. http://www.kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman/gp382.htm#6. 
  5. "8W - Who? - Nino Farina". http://www.forix.com/8w. http://www.forix.com/8w/farina.html. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alberto Ascari
BRDC International Trophy
1950
Succeeded by
Reg Parnell
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 Formula One season
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
Records
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
38 years, 331 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Reg Parnell
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
43 years, 195 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Reg Parnell
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British Grand Prix)
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One driver records
2 wins
1st at the 1950 British Grand Prix
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
6 wins
,
3rd at the 1950 French Grand Prix
Preceded by
None
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions
43 years, 308 days
(1950 Formula One season)
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
40 years, 126 days
(1951 Formula One season)
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