Grand Prix Gold: Italy 1950

Grand Prix Gold: Italy 1950

AUTOSPORT relives the great races of the past. Monza 1950: Nino Farina beats the new Ferraris in the Alfa Romeo

Man of the moment at Monza on September 3, was Enzo Ferrari, known to intimates at 'Al Capone'. Signor Ferrari produced not the expected 4040cc Ferraris, but a couple of brand-new 4500cc cars.

One of the cars was entrusted to Alberto Ascari, and the other to Dorino Serafini. During the preliminary practice, Ascari showed the Alfa Romeos that the new Ferrari will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. He put in a lap of 1min59.6s, which was 0.6s faster than the existing lap record, achieved by Jean-Pierre Wimille's Alfa Romeo in 1948.

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