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THE MONZA GRAND PRIX
Farina and Fangio had a battle-royal in the Grand Prix proper with the World's Championship at stake. for which title both drivers had equal points. Very exciting was the strong challenge by the new 4½ litre V12 unblown Ferrari handled by Ascari. In practice this car had lapped in 2 min. 1 sec., faster than Farina or Sanesi in Type 158 Alfa Romeos could manage. Farina's Alfa Romeo was said to develop 370 b.h.p., against tlie 320 b.h.p. of the others.
Ascari, aIas, had valve trouble and took over Serafini's slower 4½-litre Ferrari. Fangio's old bad luck returned, his Alfa Romeo dropping a valve, so he took over Tarulli's car and blew that up as well. It will be interesting to see how the Argentinian does next year, if he has shaken of Alfa-Romeo discipline. He is said to be quite keen on the new 4½-litre Ferrari!
The race ran-on Farina now comfortably ahead in both it and the 1950 Championship. Somnier's Talbot developed engine trouble, Claes' Talbot lost its bearings, but Harrison's vintage E.R.A. went on going along. Aseari proved the potentialities of the new Ferrari beyond all doubt, by bringing the less effective of the two in only 2 min. 19 sec. behind the winning Alfa Romeo in the 4½-litre's very first race, and ahead of Fagioli's older car. Bourne please copy.