The 158 at the FIA Hall of Fame

12/5/2017 1:00 PM

The FIA Hall of Fame opened at the Paris Headquarters of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobilein Place de la Concorde. It is a gallery that was created to celebrate the history of Formula 1 and pay homage to the heroes who made this motor sport great over the decades. At the same time, the Hall of Fame was created to underline the key values of the competitions: passion, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect for other competitors, so that they can inspire future motor sport champions. The presentation event coincided with the first annual ceremony of investiture: thirty-three drivers who have won the most important title in motor sport, the FIA Formula One World Championship, at least once, were celebrated at the Automobile Club de France.More than 20 racing drivers were there, and alongside them there were some of the most iconic cars in the history of Formula One. Brought to glory by Nino Farina and from "La macchina del tempo - Museo Storico Alfa Romeo", the legendary Alfa Romeo 158 could not but be among these. Its presence is as timely as ever, considering the return of the Alfa Romeo brand to Formula 1.

At its debut in 1950, Alfa Romeo won the first Driver's World Championship with Nino Farina in precisely the Alfa Romeo 158, which was launched at the end of the Thirties. The cars were entrusted to the three "F"s team - Nino Farina, Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli - a trio of which the designer Giuseppe Busso said "the main problem was deciding which of the three pilots should win the championship". The 158 won six of the seven races that were valid for the ranking, deserting the Indianapolis 500, as did all of the European manufacturers. Alfa Romeo remained undefeated since its debut at the Silverstone GP, winning the first three places in the ranking, with Giuseppe "Nino" Farina the first champion of the newly formed Formula 1.
A success repeated in following year, when the 159 single-seater won the world title again thanks to champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

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