Alberto Ascari

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Alberto Ascari
Ascari last photo in car.jpg
Ascari before a test in Montecarlo
Born(1918-07-13)13 July 1918
Milan, Italy
Died26 May 1955(1955-05-26) (aged 36)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Italy.svg Italian
Active years 19501955
Teams Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia
Entries33 (32 starts)
Championships 2 (1952, 1953)
Wins 13
Podiums17
Career points107 914 (140 17) [1]
Pole positions 14
Fastest laps 12
First entry 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1951 German Grand Prix
Last win 1953 Swiss Grand Prix
Last entry 1955 Monaco Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 19521953
Teams Scuderia Ferrari
Best finishDNF (1952, 1953)

Alberto Ascari (Italian pronunciation:  [alˈbɛrto ˈaskari] ; 13 July 1918 – 26 May 1955) was an Italian racing driver and twice Formula One World Champion. He was a multitalented racer who competed in motorcycle racing before switching to cars. Ascari won consecutive world titles in 1952 and 1953 for Scuderia Ferrari. He was the team's first World Champion and the last Italian to date to win the title. This was sandwiched by an appearance in the 1952 Indianapolis 500. Ascari also won the Mille Miglia in 1954. Ascari was noted for the careful precision and finely-judged accuracy that made him one of the safest drivers in a most dangerous era.

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Ascari remains along with Michael Schumacher Ferrari's only back-to-back World Champions, and he is also Ferrari's sole Italian champion. As the first driver to win multiple World Championship titles, he held the record for most World Championship titles in 1952-54, as a result he is one of 3 drivers to have held the record for most World Championship titles. Juan Manuel Fangio held the record in 1951-52 and 1954-2002 (jointly with Ascari in 1952 and 1954) and Michael Schumacher has held the record since 2002.

When Alberto was a young child, his father, Antonio, who was also a famous racing driver, died in an accident at the 1925 French Grand Prix. Alberto once admitted that he warned his children not to become extremely close to him because of the risk involved in his profession. Unfortunately, his warning proved true when he was killed during a test session for Scuderia Ferrari at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Ascari was notoriously superstitious and took great pains to avoid tempting fate. His unexplained fatal accident – at the same age as his father's, on the same day of the month and in eerily similar circumstances – remains one of Formula One racing's great tragic coincidences.

Early life

Born in Milan, Ascari was the son of Antonio Ascari, a talented Grand Prix motor racing star in the 1920s, racing Alfa Romeos. [2] Just a fortnight before Alberto's seventh birthday, Antonio was killed while leading the French Grand Prix in 1925 at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry, [3] but the younger Ascari had an interest in racing in spite of this. Such was his passion to become a racing driver like his father, twice he ran away from school.

He raced motorcycles in his earlier years. At the age of just 19, Ascari was signed to ride for the Bianchi team. [4] It was after he entered the prestigious Mille Miglia in an Auto Avio Costruzioni 815, supplied by his father's close friend, Enzo Ferrari, in 1940 that he eventually started racing on four wheels regularly. [4] He also married a local girl the same year.

When Italy entered World War II, the family garage, now run by Alberto, was conscripted to service and maintain vehicles of the Italian military. [4] it was during this period, he established a lucrative transport business, supplying fuel to army depots in North Africa. His partner in the enterprise was a fellow racing driver, Luigi Villoresi. [4] [5] The pair did survive being capsized in Tripoli harbour along with a shipment of lorries. [5] As their business supported the Italian war effort, it made them exempt from being called up during the war. [5]

Career

Following the end of World War II Alberto Ascari began racing in Grands Prix with Maserati 4CLT. His teammate was Villoresi, who would become a mentor, teammate and friend to Ascari. [3] The pair were successful on the circuits in the North of Italy. Soon he was bestowed with the nickname Ciccio, meaning "Tubby". Formula One regulations were introduced by the FIA in 1946, with the aim of eventually replacing the pre-war Grand Prix structure. During the next four transitional years, Ascari was at the top of his game, winning numerous events around Europe. He won his first Grand Prix, the Gran Premio di San Remo in 1948 [6] and took second place in the RAC International Grand Prix the same year, at Silverstone. [6]

Ascari at the 1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (I), 29 Jan 1949 Ascari argentina 1949.jpg
Ascari at the 1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (I), 29 Jan 1949

Ascari won another race with the team the following year, Gran Premio del General Juan Perón de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. [7] His biggest success came when he and Villoresi signed for Scuderia Ferrari. The team boss, Enzo Ferrari, had been a great friend and teammate to Antonio Ascari, and had taken a keen interest in Alberto's successes. That year, 1949 with Ferrari team and won three more races that year. [8]

The first Formula One World Championship season took place in 1950, and the Ferrari team made its World Championship debut at Monte Carlo with Ascari, Villoresi and the famous French driver Raymond Sommer on the team. [9] The team had a mixed year – their supercharged Tipo 125 was too slow to challenge the dominant Alfa Romeo team so instead Ferrari began working on an unblown 4.5l car. Much of the year was lost as the team's 2-litre Formula Two engine was progressively enlarged, though when the full 4.5l Tipo 375 arrived for the Gran Premio d'Italia (the final round of the championship) Ascari gave Alfa Romeo their sternest challenge of the year before retiring; he then took over teammate Dorino Serafini's car to finish second. [10] The new Ferrari then won the non-championship Gran Premio do Penya Rhin. [11]

Throughout 1951, Ascari was a threat to the Alfa Romeo team though initially he was undone by unreliability. However, after winning at the Nürburgring [12] and Monza [13] he was only two points behind Fangio in the championship standings ahead of the climactic Gran Premio de España. Ascari took pole position, but a disastrous tyre choice for the race saw the Ferraris unable to challenge, Ascari coming home 4th while Juan Manuel Fangio won the race and the title. [14]

Ascari and Villoresi in action at the 1952 Gran Premio d'Italia Ferrari500F2.jpg
Ascari and Villoresi in action at the 1952 Gran Premio d'Italia

For 1952 the World Championship season switched to using the 2-litre Formula Two regulations, with Ascari driving Ferrari's Tipo 500 car. He missed the first race of the championship season as he was qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, at the time a World Championship event. He was the only European driver to race at Indy in its 11 years on the World Championship schedule, but his race ended after 40 laps without having made much of an impression, as a result of a wheel collapse. [3] [15] Returning to Europe he then won the remaining six rounds of the series to clinch the world title (also taking five non-championship wins) and recording the fastest lap in each race. He scored the maximum number of points a driver could earn since only the best four of eight scores counted towards the World Championship. [4] [16] Fangio missed most of the season after a crash in the Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza in June. [17] [18]

"When leading, he could not easily be overtaken – indeed it was virtually impossible to overtake him."

—Enzo Ferrari [19]

He won three more consecutive races to start the 1953 season, giving him nine straight championship wins (not counting Indy) before his streak ended when he finished fourth in France, although it was a close fourth as the race was highly competitive. He earned two more wins later in the year to give himself a second consecutive World Championship. [3] [4] [16] [17]

Following a dispute over his salary, Ascari left Ferrari at the end of the season and switched to Lancia for the 1954 campaign. [3] [17] However, as their car was not eventually ready for the final race of the season, Gianni Lancia allowed him to drive twice for Maserati (sharing fastest lap at the RAC British Grand Prix) [20] and once for Ferrari. Ascari did at least get to win the Mille Miglia that year, driving a Lancia sportscar, surviving the dreadful weather and the failure of a throttle spring, which was temporarily replaced with a rubber band. [17] [21] When the Lancia D50 was ready, Ascari took pole position on its debut and led impressively early on (and set fastest lap) before retiring with a clutch problem, meaning a full season of competing against Fangio's previously dominant Mercedes was much anticipated. [3] [17] [22]

Ascari in the Lancia D50 in 1954 D50 003.jpg
Ascari in the Lancia D50 in 1954

His 1955 season started promisingly, the Lancia taking victories at the non-championship races in Turin and Naples, where the Lancias took on and beat the hitherto all-conquering Mercedes. [3] [23] though in world championship event, he retired in Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina. [24]

22 May 1955, the Grand Prix Automobiles de Monaco, it was late in the race when he crashed into the harbour, through hay bales and sandbags after missing a chicane while leading, reportedly distracted by either the crowd's reaction to Stirling Moss' retirement or the close attentions of the lapped Cesare Perdisa behind. Whatever distracted him, he approached the chicane too quickly, and chose the only way out and took his D50 clean through the barriers into the sea, narrowly missing a small barrel-sized iron bollard by about 30 cm. [3] [25] His car disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea and sank, marked only by an oil slick and stream of bubbles and steam. [4] Three seconds passed before Ascari's pale blue helmet appeared bobbing on the surface. He was hauled into a boat and escaped with a broken nose. [3] [4] [25]

Death

The site of the Ascari's fatal accident Ascari curva monza.jpg
The site of the Ascari's fatal accident

Just four days later, on 26 May, he went to Monza to watch his friend Eugenio Castellotti test a Ferrari 750 Monza sports car. They were to co-drive the car in the 1000 km Monza race, having been given special dispensation by Lancia. Ascari was not supposed to drive that day but decided to try a few laps. In his jacket and tie, shirt sleeves, ordinary trousers and Castellotti's white helmet he set off. [3] [4] [17] As he emerged from a fast curve on the third lap the car inexplicably skidded, turned on its nose and somersaulted twice. Thrown out onto the track, Ascari suffered multiple injuries and died a few minutes later. [3] [4] [26] The crash occurred on the Curva del Vialone, one of the track's challenging high-speed corners. The corner where the accident happened, renamed in his honour, has been subsequently replaced with a chicane, now called Variante Ascari. [26]

Ascari's funeral Ascari funeral.jpg
Ascari's funeral

There were several similarities between the deaths of Alberto and his father. Alberto Ascari died on 26 May 1955, at the age of 36. Antonio Ascari was also 36 when he died, on 26 July 1925 (Alberto was only four days older). Both were killed four days after surviving serious accidents and on the 26th day of the month. Both had crashed fatally at the exit of fast left-hand corners and both left behind a wife and two children. Also, both had won 13 championship Grands Prix. [4] Another curiosity related to Alberto's death is that the only other driver to crash into the harbour at Monaco in the circuit's history, Paul Hawkins, also died on 26 May. Hawkins crashed into the harbour 10 years after Ascari, before dying when his Lola crashed into a tree at a Tourist Trophy race at Oulton Park in 1969.

Motor racing fans from all over mourned as Alberto Ascari was laid to rest next to the grave of his father in the Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, to be forever remembered as one of the greatest racers of all time. His distraught wife Mietta Ascari told Enzo Ferrari that "were it not for their children she would gladly have joined her beloved Alberto in heaven". [4] [17] His death is often considered to be a contributing factor to the withdrawal of Lancia from motor racing in 1955, just three days after his funeral (though the company was also in considerable financial trouble, needing a government subsidy to survive), handing his team, drivers, cars and spare parts over to Enzo Ferrari. [16] [17]

Legacy

A street in Rome (in the EUR region) named in his honour, while both the Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Autodromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez have chicanes named after him. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The British supercar manufacturer Ascari Cars is named in his honour.

Italian-born American racing legend Mario Andretti counts Ascari as one of his racing heroes, having watched him at the Monza circuit in his youth. [27]

Alberto Ascari also appears in Mark Sullivan's novel Beneath a scarlet sky.

Racing record

Career highlights

SeasonSeriesPositionTeamCar
1947Sehab Almaz Bey Trophy [28] 2nd Cisitalia-Fiat D46
1948 Gran Premio di San Remo [29] 1st Maserati 4CLT/48
Circuito di Pescara [30] 1st Maserati A6GCS
RAC International Grand Prix [31] 2nd Maserati 4CLT/48
Grand Prix de l'ACF [6] 3rd Alfa Romeo 158
1949 Gran Premio del General Juan Perón y de la Cuidad Buenos Aires [32] 1st Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT
Gran Premio di Bari [33] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166C
Grand Prix de Suisse [34] 1st Ferrari 125
Coupe des Petites Cylindrées [35] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166C
Daily Express BRDC International Trophy [36] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Lausanne Grand Prix [37] 1st Ferrari 125
Gran Premio d'Italia [38] 1st Ferrari 125
Gran Premio del General Juan Perón y de la Cuidad Buenos Aires [39] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 FL
Copa Acción de San Lorenzo [39] 3rd Scuderia Ambrosiana Maserati 4CLT
Grand Prix de Belgique [40] 3rd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza [41] 3rd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166C
1950Gran Premio Internacional del General San Martín [39] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 FL
Gran Premio di Modena [42] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Grand Prix de Mons [43] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Grand Prix de Luxembourg [44] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 MM
Gran Premio di Roma [45] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Coupe ds Petites Cylindrées [46] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Großer Preis von Deutschland [47] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Circuito del Garda [48] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Grand Premio do Penya Rhin [49] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Grand Prix de Marseilles [50] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco [51] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza [52] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Gran Premio d'Italia [53] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Grote Prijs van Nederland [54] 3rd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166
FIA Formula One World Championship [55] 5th Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125
Ferrari 166 F2/50
Ferrari 275
Ferrari 375
1951Rallye del Sestriere [56] 1st Lancia Aurelia
Gran Premio di San Remo [57] 1st Ferrari 375
Gran Premio dell'Autodromo di Monza [58] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Gran Premio di Napoli [59] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166 F2/50
Großer Preis von Deutschland [60] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Gran Premio d'Italia [61] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Gran Premio di Modena [62] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
FIA Formula One World Championship [63] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Grote Prijs van Belgie [64] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Grand Prix de l'A.C.F. [65] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375
Carrera Panamericana [66] 2ndCentro Deportivo Italiano Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale
1952 FIA Formula One World Championship [67] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de France [68] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Gran Premio di Siracusa [69] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix Automobile de Pau [70] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de Marseille [71] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grote Prijs van Belgie [72] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de l'ACF [73] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
RAC British Grand Prix [74] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Großer Preis von Deutschland [75] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix du Comminges [76] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grote Prijs van Nederland [77] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de La Baule [78] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Gran Premio d'Italia [79] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de la Marne [80] 3rd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Gran Premio di Modena [81] 3rd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
1953 FIA Formula One World Championship [82] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina [83] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix Automobile de Pau [84] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grand Prix de Bordeaux [85] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grote Prijs van Nederland [86] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Grote Prijs van Belgie [87] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
RAC British Grand Prix [88] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Großer Preis der Schweiz [89] 1st Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500
Internationales ADAC-1000 km Rennen Weltmeisterschaftslauf Nürburgring [90] 1st Automobili Ferrari Ferrari 375 MM Vignale Spyder
12 Hours of Casablanca [91] 2nd Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Mondial
1954 Mille Miglia [92] 1st Scuderia Lancia Lancia D24
FIA Formula One World Championship [93] 25th Officine Alfieri Maserati
Scuderia Ferrari
Scuderia Lancia
Maserati 250F
Ferrari 625
Lancia D50
1955Gran Premio del Valentino [94] 1st Scuderia Lancia Lancia D50
Gran Premio di Napoli [95] 1st Scuderia Lancia Lancia D50

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789WDC Pts [1]
1950 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12 s GBR MON
2
500 SUI
Ret
5th11
Ferrari 275 Ferrari 275 3.3 V12 BEL
5
FRA
DNS
Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 ITA
2*
1951 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 SUI
6
500
BEL
2
FRA
2†
GBR
Ret
GER
1
ITA
1
ESP
4
2nd25 (28)
1952 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375S Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 500
Ret
1st36 (53 12)
Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 SUI BEL
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
GER
1
NED
1
ITA
1
1953 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 ARG
1
500 NED
1
BEL
1
FRA
4
GBR
1
GER
8‡
SUI
1
ITA
Ret
1st34 12 (46 12)
1954 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F Maserati 250F1 2.5 L6 ARG 500 BEL FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER SUI 25th1 17
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 625 Ferrari 625 2.5 L4 ITA
Ret
Scuderia Lancia Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 2.5 V8 ESP
Ret
1955 Scuderia Lancia Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 2.5 V8 ARG
Ret
MON
Ret
500 BEL NED GBR ITA NC0
Source: [96]

* Indicates shared drive with Dorino Serafini
Indicates shared drive with José Froilán González
Indicates shared drive with Luigi Villoresi

Non-Championship Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839
1950 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 166F2-50 Ferrari 166 F2 2.0 V12 PAU
Ret
RIC BAR
Ret
JER NED
3
Ferrari 125 Ferrari 125 1.5 V12 s SRM
Ret
PAR EMP ALB
Ret
NAT
4
NOT ULS PES STT INT
DNQ
GOO
Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 PEN
1
1951 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 SYR
Ret
PAU
Ret
RIC SRM
1
BOR INT PAR ULS SCO NED ALB PES
Ret
BAR
Ret
GOO
1952 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 RIO SYR
1
PAU
1
IBS MAR
1
AST INT ELÄ NAP EIF PAR ALB FRO ULS MNZ
Ret
LAC ESS MAR
3*
SAB
Ret
CAE DMT COM
1†
NAT BAU
1
MOD
3‡
CAD SKA MAD AVU JOE NEW RIO
Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 VAL
5
RIC LAV
1953 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 500 Ferrari 500 2.0 L4 SYR
Ret
PAU
1
LAV AST BOR
1
INT ELÄ NAP
5
ULS WIN FRO COR EIF
Ferrari 375 Ferrari 375 4.5 V12 ALB
DNQ
PRI GRE ESS MID ROU STR CRY AVU USF LAC DRE BRI CHE SAB NEW CAD SAC RED SKA LON MOD MAD BER JOE CUR
1955 Scuderia Lancia Lancia D50 Lancia DS50 2.5 V8 NZL BUE VAL
1
PAU
5
GLO BOR INT NAP
1
ALB CUR COR LON DRT RED DTT OUL AVO SYR
Source: [96] [97]

* Indicates shared drive with Luigi Villoresi
Indicates shared drive with André Simon
Indicates shared drive with Sergio Sighinolfi

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1952 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 250 S Berlinetta Vignale S3.0DNFDNF
1953 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 340 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta S5.0229DNFDNF

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1954 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Lancia Co. Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Lancia D24 S5.087DNFDNF

Complete 24 Hours of Spa results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1953 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 375 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta S216DNFDNF

Complete Mille Miglia results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassPos.Class
Pos.
1940 Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Alberto Ascari Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Giovanni Minozzi Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 1.5DNFDNF
1948 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ambrosiana Flag of Italy.svg Guerino Bertocchi Maserati A6GCS S2./+2.0DNFDNF
1950 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Senesio Nicolini Ferrari 275 S Barchetta Touring S+2.0DNFDNF
1951 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Senesio Nicolini Ferrari 340 America Barchetta Touring S/GT+2.0DNFDNF
1954 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Lancia Lancia D24 S+2.01st1st

Complete Carrera Panamericana results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassPos.Class
Pos.
1951 Flag of Mexico.svg Centro Deportivo Italian Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale IC2nd2nd
1952 Flag of Mexico.svg Industrias 1-2-3 Flag of Italy.svg Giuseppe Scotuzzi Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Spyder SDNFDNF

Complete 12 Hours of Casablanca results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassPos.Class
Pos.
1953 Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Portugal.svg Casimiro de Oliveira Ferrari 375 MM S+2.0DNSDNS
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Flag of Italy.svg Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 500 Mondial S2.02nd1st

Indianapolis 500 results

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
1952 Ferrari 375 Special Ferrari 1931 Scuderia Ferrari

Formula One records

Ascari holds the following Formula One records:

RecordAchieved
Highest percentage of wins in a season75% race wins in 1952, winning 6 out of 8 races
Highest percentage of fastest laps in a season75% fastest laps in 1952, setting the fastest lap in 6 out of 8 races
Most consecutive fastest laps7 fastest laps: Belgian, French, British, German, Dutch, Italian / '53 Argentine
Highest percentage of possible championship points in a season100% in 1952 [N 1] [N 2]
Most hat tricks (pole, win & fastest lap in same race) in a season5 in 1952 [N 3]
Most consecutive laps in the lead304 laps in the lead between 1952 Belgian Grand Prix and 1952 Dutch Grand Prix
Footnotes
  1. In 1952, only the best four of eight scores counted towards the world championship.
  2. Record shared with Jim Clark in 1963 and 1965.
  3. Record shared with Michael Schumacher in 2004.

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1953 Argentine Grand Prix first round of the 1953 Formula One World Drivers Championship

The 1953 Argentine Grand Prix was race 1 of 9 in the 1953 World Championship of Drivers, which was run to Formula Two regulations in 1952 and 1953. The race was held in Buenos Aires on January 18, 1953, at the Autódromo Galvez as the first official Formula One race in South America and outside of Europe. Previously, the Indianapolis 500 was the only Formula One championship race held outside Europe but run to AAA regulations.

1953 Dutch Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1953

The 1953 Dutch Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 7 June 1953 at the Circuit Zandvoort. It was race 3 of 9 in the 1953 World Championship of Drivers, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 90-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from pole position. His teammate Nino Farina finished second and Maserati drivers José Froilán González and Felice Bonetto came in third

1953 Belgian Grand Prix Formula-one race

The 1953 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula Two race held on 21 June 1953 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It was race 4 of 9 in the 1953 World Championship of Drivers, which was run to Formula Two rules in 1952 and 1953, rather than the Formula One regulations normally used. The 36-lap race was won by Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari after he started from second position. His teammate Luigi Villoresi finished second and Maserati driver Onofre Marimón came in third.

Peter Collins (racing driver) British racecar driver

Peter John Collins was a British racing driver. He was killed in the 1958 German Grand Prix, just weeks after winning the RAC British Grand Prix. He started his career as a 17-year-old in 1949, impressing in Formula 3 races, finishing third in the 1951 Autosport National Formula 3 Championship.

Roy Salvadori racecar driver

Roy Francesco Salvadori was a British racing driver and team manager. He was born in Dovercourt, Essex, to parents of Italian descent. He graduated to Formula One by 1952 and competed regularly until 1962 for a succession of teams including Cooper, Vanwall, BRM, Aston Martin and Connaught. Also a competitor in other formulae, he won the 1959 24 Heures du Mans in an Aston Martin with co-driver Carroll Shelby.

Felice Bonetto racecar driver

Felice Bonetto was a courageous racing driver who earned the nickname Il Pirata.

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Further reading

Sporting positions
Preceded by
inaugural winner
BRDC International Trophy winner
1949
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Farina
Preceded by
Chico Landi
Gran Premio di Bari winner
1949
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Farina
Preceded by
Franco Cortese
Gran Premio di Napoli winner
1951
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Farina
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
Formula One World Champion
19521953
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
Preceded by
Luigi Musso
Gran Premio di Napoli winner
1955
Succeeded by
Robert Manzon
Records
Preceded by
Reg Parnell
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest driver to score a
podium position in Formula One

31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Manny Ayulo
29 years, 221 days
(1951 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Reg Parnell
38 years, 315 days
(1950 British GP)
Youngest driver to score
points in Formula One

31 years, 312 days
(1950 Monaco Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Cecil Green
30 years, 242 days
(1950 Indianapolis 500)
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
6 wins
(19501952)
Most Grand Prix wins
13 wins,

7th at the 1952 Dutch GP
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
24 wins,
14th at the 1955 Argentine GP
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
39 years, 71 days
(1950 season)
Youngest Formula One
World Drivers' Championship runner-up

33 years, 107 days
(1951 season)
Succeeded by
José Froilán González
32 years, 19 days
(1954 season)
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Fangio
40 years, 126 days
(1951 season)
Youngest Formula One
World Drivers' Champion

34 years, 16 days
(1952 season)
Succeeded by
Mike Hawthorn
29 years, 192 days
(1958 season)