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1948 FIA Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Alfa Corse ALFA Romeo (IT,0,2)
Champion Driver: None
Putative Driver: Jean-Pierre Wimille (FR,0,2)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 158 Alfetta, 1.48-liter, eight-cylinder inline, alloy engine, DOHC, supercharged, four-speed, independent suspension, tubular chassis, Lockheed hydraulic drum brakes, 350 horsepower (Giaocchino Colombo).

Constructor Alfa Corse with its 158 entry and driver Jean-Pierre Wimille each win their respective series' titles for the second consecutive season in 1948. Future F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio makes his Grand Prix debut at Reims in April. Scuderia Ferrari fields a Grand Prix entry under its own make for the first time at Monaco in May. Grand Prix racing makes its first visit to Zandvoort in August. Departures: Achille Varzi, 43, b. Galliate, Italy 1904, d. at qualifying, GP Switzerland, Berne, July. Christian Kautz, 34, b. Brussels, Belgium 1913, d. GP Switzerland, Berne, July. New Racing Makes: British Hersham and Walton. Italian Scuderia Ferrari.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

AC Alfa Romeo60     Wimille35
Scud Ambrosiana Maserati40     Villoresi27
Farina Maserati12     Ascari Al20
Ecurie FRnce Lago Talbot10     Farina13
Plate Maserati5     Trossi12
Ecurie Rosier Lago Talbot5     Sanesi11
Scuderia Ferrari5     
Gerard ERA5     

Noteworthy 1948 Races

1948 X Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1948 1948 X Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Farina Maserati 4CLT under 41-year old Nino Farina (IT) in 3:18:26.9, under thirty-six seconds ahead of a Talbot Lago entry. Farina moves out front past race leader Luigi Villoresi in his Maserati at the Casino and never looks back for a dominating win in the principality. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1948 Grosser Preis der Schweiz Berne, Switzerland1948 1948 Grosser Preis der Schweiz At Berne for the Swiss Grand Prix (290.5 kilometers) in July, an Italian Alfa Corse ALFA Romeo 158 under Carlo Felice Trossi (IT) takes race honors in 1:59:17.3, under a second (.20) ahead of a companion ALFA Romeo driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille. The race tragically claims the lives of reputed driver Achille Varzi, who perishes during a qualifying session in the wet, and Christian Kautz who departs in a shunt on Lap 2 during the contest. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1948 I RAC International Grand Prix Silverstone, England1948 1948 I RAC International Grand Prix At Silverstone for the inaugural British Grand Prix (384 kilometers) in October, an Italian Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT/48 under Luigi Villoresi (IT) bests the field in 3:18:03 (average 72.28 mph), fourteen seconds ahead of a companion Maserati driven by Alberto Ascari. Once leading the field two minutes, Villoresi encounters trouble after his second service when his tachometer tumbles out of the dashboard and lodges itself beneath his clutch pedal. Villoresi completes the remaining race without engaging the clutch or monitoring his crankshaft revolutions, yet still manages to hold off hard charging Ascari for a dramatic victory. Britain hosts its first major Grand Prix event since 1927. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.