Fight to the finish

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1950 (Giuseppe Farina vs Juan Manuel Fangio)<br><br> The 1950 season was the inaugural edition of the F1 championship and it proved to be quite a start. The championship consisted of 7 races, of which only the best four were counted towards the title. Points were given to the top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2) and a separate point was awarded for the fastest lap.<br><br> The Alfa Romeo's of Giuseppe Farina (2nd from left) and Juan Manuel Fangio dominated the season with 3 race wins apiece while Luigi Fagioli, driving for the same constructor, stayed close on their heels as the third contender. Going into the last race at Monza, Fangio had the upper hand as he not only led the drivers' standings but also clinched the pole position to tilt the odds further in his favour. However, a gearbox problem on lap 23 of the race ended Fangio's title hopes and in the end it was Farina who won the honour of being crowned the inaugural champion.<br><br> Farina won the deciding race to pip Fangio and Fagioli who finished 3rd in the race as well as overall. It was in fact with his triumph at Monza that Farina equalled Fangio in the number of race wins for the season. Farina won only because he had a better 4th result in a 4th place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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