Today weCELEBRATE the anniversary of the first victory of an Alfa Romeo single-seater in the new-born World Championship of Formula 1. It was May 13, 1950 when four “158” single-seaters took to the track at Silverstone. Giuseppe “Nino” Farina won and was also awarded the first “hat trick” of F1: pole position, victory and fastest lap. And, ofCOURSE, the title of world champion at the end of the season.
The single-seater Alfetta 158 is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, one of the most precious specimens for its historical-sports relevance worldwide. The same car that today celebrates 65 years since the first victory of the Biscione in the then new-born Formula 1 World Championship.
It wasINDEED on May 13, 1950 when four “Alfetta” took to the track at Silverstone, England. They were entrusted to Giuseppe “Nino” Farina, who became the champion at the end of the season, and to Luigi Fagioli, Juan Manuel Fangio, the rising Argentine star who won the world title in ’51 again with the Alfetta, and Reg Parnell, British driver chosen in honour of the countryHOSTING the first Championship.
Farina won the race and two otherPLACES on the podium were also initialled Alfa Romeo – the cars of the Milan-based company dominated the race, a script that was repeated throughout the Championship. During the season the trio Farina-Fagioli-Fangio were dubbed by the public as “the 3F” and together with their Alfa Romeo they held the name of Italy high in international motor racing, in a delicate historic moment for the country and for Alfa Romeo itself.