The Shining Stars of Silverstone
Formula 1 action is set for July 8th at Silverstone, a track that has a special place in the history of Formula 1. That is because it was here on the British circuit in 1950 that the very first Formula 1 Grand Prix was raced. Race winner was Nino Farina in his Alfa Romeo 158 on Pirelli tyres, thereby beginning his march to the world title that year, with Pirelli confirming the company’s place among the stars of Formula 1 for many years to come.
Rivista Pirelli even dedicated a cover story to Farina in October 1950.
Pirelli also played a part in Grand Prix victories in 1951 with José Froilan Gonzales in his Ferrari 375, in 1952 with the legendary Alberto Ascari in his Ferrari 500, and again with Ascari and his Ferrari 500 in 1953. In that year, the Italian would win his second world title after his success in 1952.
In 1954, it was again the Argentine, José Froilan Gonzales, who took the title in his Ferrari 625, again on Pirelli tyres.
British Formula 1 remained at Silverstone until 1955, but in 1956 it was decided to rotate between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch. It was at Aintree that Pirelli would win again on British soil in 1957 with Stirling Moss and Vanwall before temporarily abandoning F1 until the company’s return in 1991.