F1 Legend

Giuseppe Farina

Italian

  • Turin, Italy Place of Birth
  • 30 October 1906 Date of Birth
  • 1950 British Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Ferrari Current/Last Team

Emilio Giuseppe Farina, better known as “Nino” Farina, was born on October 30, 1906, and died on June 30, 1966. He was an Italian driver who made F1 history by becoming the first-ever Formula 1 World Champion in 1950.

NationalityItalian
BornEmilio Giuseppe Farina
30 October 1906
Turin, Italy
Died30 June 1966 (aged 59)
Aiguebelle, France

Alongside becoming the first F1 drivers’ champion, Giuseppe Farina was also the winner of the very first World Championship Grand Prix at Silverstone. In the inaugural Formula 1 season of 1950, Farina’s drives at the Swiss and Italian Grands Prix were instrumental in helping secure the first-ever Formula 1 World Championship, driving for the dominant Alfa Romeo team.

Despite continuing to race for Alfa Romeo the following season and a fourth-place finish in the 1951 championship, Farina would leave the team to join Ferrari for the 1952 season. His time at Ferrari brought more success, as he finished second in the 1952 drivers’ championship behind his fellow countryman Alberto Ascari.

In 1953, Farina claimed his final Grand Prix win at the challenging German Grand Prix. Over the next two seasons, Farina raced in fewer championship races, but he still secured a podium finish in Argentina, a fourth-place finish in Monaco, and a third-place finish in Belgium in 1955, securing him fifth place in the ’55 championship standings.

The 1956 Indianapolis 500 was Farina’s final attempt to qualify for an F1 championship round. Unfortunately, he didn’t post a quick enough time to line up on the starting grid.

Despite not achieving the same level of dominance as his peers like Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio, Farina’s career in Formula 1 remains unforgettable. With five wins, five pole positions, and five fastest laps to his name, Farina’s record of becoming the first World Champion and Grand Prix winner in F1 history means that he will always be celebrated as a legendary figure in the sport.

Giuseppe Farina Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1950–1956
TeamsAlfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia
Entries35 (33 starts)
Championships1 (1950)
Wins5
Podiums20
Career points115 1⁄3
Pole positions5
Fastest laps5
First entry1950 British Grand Prix
First win1950 British Grand Prix
Last win1953 German Grand Prix
Last entry1956 Indianapolis 500

Giuseppe Farina Formula One records

Giuseppe Farina holds these Formula One records:

RecordDate first achieved#
First-ever F1 Championship title19501
First-ever F1 Championship win1950 British Grand Prix1

Giuseppe Farina Complete Formula One World Championship results

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789WDCPts
1950Alfa Romeo SpAAlfa Romeo 158Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 sGBR
1
MON
Ret
500SUI
1
BEL
4
FRA
7
1st30
Alfa Romeo 159ITA
1
1951Alfa Romeo SpAAlfa Romeo 159Alfa Romeo 158 1.5 L8 sSUI
3
500BEL
1
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
3
ESP
3
4th19
1952Scuderia FerrariFerrari 500Ferrari 500 2.0 L4SUI
Ret
500BEL
2
FRA
2
GBR
6
GER
2
NED
2
ITA
4
2nd24
1953Scuderia FerrariFerrari 500Ferrari 500 2.0 L4ARG
Ret
500NED
2
BEL
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
3
GER
1
SUI
2
ITA
2
3rd26
1954Scuderia FerrariFerrari 625Ferrari 625 2.5 L4ARG
2
5008th6
Ferrari 553Ferrari 554 2.5 L4BEL
Ret
FRAGBRGERSUIITAESP
DNA
1955Scuderia FerrariFerrari 625Ferrari 555 2.5 L4ARG
2+3
5th10 1⁄3
MON
4
500
Ferrari 555BEL
3
NEDGBR
Lancia D50Lancia DS50 2.5 V8ITA
DNS
1956Bardahl-FerrariKurtis Kraft 500DFerrari 446 4.5 L6ARGMON500
DNQ
BELFRAGBRGERITANC0

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
Italian Ferrari 1950 Monaco Grand Prix F1 Legend
Argentine Maserati 1950 British Grand Prix F1 Legend
British Ferrari 1952 Belgian Grand Prix F1 Legend

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Alfa Romeo Italian 1950 Historic
Ferrari Italian 1950 Current
Scuderia Lancia Italian 1954 Historic