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FORZA ITALIA

ITALY’S EARLY F1 SUPREMACY

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Italian cars and drivers were pre-eminent during F1’s formative years. But the tragic losses of Alberto Ascari and Eugenio Castellotti plus the withdrawal of Alfa Romeo, Lancia and finally Maserati, signalled the end of a supreme decade for Italian Formula 1. From then on Ferrari became Italy’s standard-bearer, but for Italian drivers the Prancing Horse brought only sporadic success. There would be occasional race victories, but no more drivers’ titles for Italy. This race collection tells the story of when red was the colour.

1First race, first win for Italy, driver and car
7F1’s very first drivers’ champion was Italian
12Ferrari’s first victory
14The first Italian driver to win for Ferrari at Monza
15Ferrari folly at all-Italian showdown with Alfa
16Italians win next 14 GPs for Ferrari, bar one
17Ferrari even attempted to conquer the Indy 500
21Italy’s second drivers’ champion
31And the first double champion was Italian too
32Maserati’s first victory
41A fourth Italian marque, Lancia, debuts
45Tragedy forces Lancia’s withdrawal
49But soon returns rebadged Lancia Ferrari
56Lancia Ferrari delivers 1956 driver’s title
62Maserati delivers 1957 driver’s title
Race 75   AUTHOR’S PICK

Race 75 AUTHOR’S PICK

Italian ascendancy ends with Ferrari’s 1958 driver’s title

As Italian Rosso turned to British Racing Green, the Ferrari vs. Vanwall battle of 1958 characterised the carnage, the courage and the camaraderie of the era.