Giuseppe Farina won the first world championship F1 race and first drivers’ title.
He took three wins for Alfa Romeo in the seven-round 1950 season (including the Indianapolis 500) to beat team mates Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli to the title.
Farina was notorious among his peers for being a tough defensive driver. After his championship year he only won two further Grands Prix and retired in 1955. He was killed in a car accident en route to the 1966 French Grand Prix in which he was to film scenes for the film Grand Prix.