formula 1 nice 1946 first race

The first official Formula 1 race took place in Nice, France in the year 1946. It was titled the “V Grand Prix de Nice” and the above image is a picture of the starting grid right after the crack of the starter’s pistol with the eventual race winner, Luigi Villoresi, on the left-hand side in the No. 10 car.

Luigi was piloting a Maserati 4CL and finished the race with a time of 2hrs, 4.5 seconds at an average speed of 64.86mph. Second place was taken by Raymond Sommer in an Alfa Romeo 308 and third place finisher was Eugène Chaboud in the handsome Delahaye 135S.

Luigi Villoresi 1946 Nice

Full results of the V Grand Prix de Nice below:

1 10 Luigi Villoresi – Maserati 4CL – 2h00m04.5, 64.86mph

2  4 Raymond Sommer – Alfa Romeo 308 – 64 laps

3 18 Eugène Chaboud – Delahaye 135S – 61 laps

4 32 Georges Grignard – Delahaye 135S – 59 laps

5  8 Arialdo Ruggeri/Franco Cortese – Maserati 4CL – 58 laps

6  2 Louis Chiron – Talbot-Lago T26 – 58 laps

7 36 Maurice Varet – Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 – 55 laps

8 34 Charles Pozzi – Delahaye 135 S – 51 laps

9 26 Fernand Bianchi – Bugatti 51 A – 48 laps

10 20 Henri Louveau – Maserati 6 CM – 44 laps

Fastest Lap: Raymond Sommer (Alfa Romeo 308), 1:44.8, 110.40 kph

Pole Position: Luigi Villoresi (Maserati 4CL), 1:45.0

Did Not Finish:

22 Pierre Levegh – Talbot 150C – 41 laps/Rear axle

14 Maurice Trintignant – Bugatti 35C/51     30 laps/Ignition

16 Robert Mazaud – Maserati 4Cl – 22 laps/Magneto

12 Henri Trillaud – Delahaye 135S – 20 laps/Connecting rod

40 Harry Schell – Maserati 6 CM – 20 laps/Crash

28 “Raph” – Maserati 4 CL – 15 laps

24 Marcel Balsa – Talbot 150C – 15 laps

6 Philippe Étancelin – Maserati 6 CM – 8 laps/Magneto

38 Roger Deho – Maserati 6 CM – 5 laps

42 Franco Cortese – Maserati 4 CL – 0 laps/Supercharger,

Did Not Start:

30 Discoride Lanza – Maserati 4CL

44 Paul Friderich – Delahaye 155

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