‘We had no rigid start time, we’d start at three-ish’: Bernie Ecclestone recalls memories of the first Formula One Grand Prix in 1950 ahead of Silverstone’s 70th Anniversary race

Bernie Ecclestone is in Switzerland with his baby son, Ace, but 70 summers ago he was at Silverstone with his own father, Sidney, on the day Formula One roared into life. The race was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina for Alpha Romeu on the day the sport was born. ‘Nobody who wasn’t there in 1950 can understand how different it was back then,’ said Ecclestone, who turns 90 in October. Bernie Ecclestone can remember the race after competing aged just 19-years-old in 1950. ‘The drivers were different, the promoters were different, the team owners were different. People like Graham Hill, Phil Hill, ‘Taffy’ von Trips lived and raced and spoke as they wanted to. More than 70 years on from the first race at Silverstone, the 2020 event looks very different.

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