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Alberto Ascari: Wiki, Biography, F1 Career Stats & Facts Profile
NameAlberto Ascari
CountryItaly Italy
Place of BirthMilan
Date of BirthJul 13th 1918
Date of DeathMay 26th 1955 - 36 years old
First Race1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Race1955 Monaco Grand Prix
First Pole1951 German Grand Prix
Last Pole1954 Spanish Grand Prix
First Win1951 German Grand Prix
Last Win1953 Swiss Grand Prix
First Podium1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Podium1953 Swiss Grand Prix

Alberto Ascari F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles2
Race Entries33
Race Starts32
Race Wins13 (39,4%)
Pole Positions14 (42,4%)
Fastest Laps12 (36,4%)
Podiums17 (51,5%)
Points Finishes23 (69,7%)
Retirements13 (39,4%)
Hat-tricks7
Wins from pole9
Frontrow Starts21
Total Points140
Total Laps1.803

Biography

 

Alberto Ascari Biography


Alberto Ascari portrait

Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari was Italy's second F1 champion and until today the last one in history.

The first Ferrari champion in Formula One history, there is no doubt Alberto Ascari earned a spot of glory in the history books of the pinnacle of motorsport racing.

Born on the 13th of July of 1918, Alberto was the son of a racing driver who was glorified in all of Europe, Antonio Ascari. His family roots pushed Alberto into racing, although his father died on the 25th of July of 1925 following a racing accident during the 1925 French Grand Prix at the Autodrome de Montlhery driving for Alfa Romeo.

Alberto's first taste of racing, however, was not on cars, as the Bianchi team signed him up to be a rider on the team when he was only a 19-year-old. His opportunity in racing cars came in 1940, when Enzo Ferrari, who was close to his father, offered him a seat in the 1940 Mille Miglia, but him and his teammate Giovanni Minozzi could not finish the race.

After World War II intensified and Italy joined in, Ascari took part and his garage, which he inherited from his father, was in service of the Military, with cars being maintained there. After the war was over, Ascari continued his life as a businessman until Luigi Villoresi, his business partner and fellow racing driver, convinced him of giving Grand Prix racing a chance.

After successes in 1947 and 1948 aboard Cisitalia, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo cars, and a huge win in the 1949 Gran Premio del General Juan Perón y de la Ciudad Buenos Aires in Argentina with a Maserati, Ascari was given a seat by long-time family friend Enzo Ferrari at the Scuderia for 1949 and the inaugural Formula One World Championship season in 1950.

In 1949, Ascari won seven renowned races for Ferrari, including the 1949 Gran Premio d'Italia and the second edition of 1949 of the Buenos Aires Grand Prix. Three of the seven races were won with the Ferrari 166 and the other four were won by Ascari behind the wheel of the Ferrari 125.

Alberto Ascari with thropy

Alberto Ascari (right)

In the inaugural World Championship campaign, Ascari gave Ferrari its first World Championship podium with second place in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. The 1950 season was not great for Ferrari given Alfa Romeo's domination. Ascari would only add a second-place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza thanks to a shared drive with Dorino Serafini. Ascari finished fifth in the 1950 season.

In 1951, results improved for Ferrari as they were able to catch their first World Championship victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone with a great drive by Argentine José Froilán González. Ascari made it three triumphs in a row with successes in France and at Monza, giving Ferrari its first home win in the World Championship era.

Trailing Fangio by just two points in the fight for the championship heading into the final race, Ascari's chance to give Ferrari its first World Drivers' Championship had to wait another season, as he only finished fourth in a race in which he led the early stages. Fangio won the race and his first title as tyre degradation hurt Ascari's race. Ferrari elected to race with 16-inch wheels instead of the 18-inch wheels, which proved costly.

The 1952 season was another story, as Alfa Romeo quit the sport due to lack of financial funds and the regulations were changed to Formula Two to enhance the number of cars on the field. Ascari, at the wheel of the Ferrari 500, won six of the seven European races (he competed only in the six he won) to earn his first championship and the first for a Ferrari driver. Also, he established the record for most race wins at a single year, which would last until 1963, when Jim Clark took seven victories in the year.

The 1953 season mirrored the events of the previous season, with Ascari dominating with the Ferrari. The Italian took five victories in 1953 and beat Fangio in the WDC by 6.5 points. At the moment of his victory in the 1953 Swiss Grand Prix on the 23rd of August of 1953, Ascari had won 13 of the last 17 races he took part in —since his first win in the 1951 German GP on the 29th of July of 1951—.

Alberto Ascari racing the Ferrari 500F2 on Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium to win the race (1952)

Alberto Ascari racing the Ferrari 500F2 on Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium to win the race (1952)

At the end of the 1953 season, Ascari, who became the first multiple World Champion, was the driver with the most wins in the history of the sport. He kept the record until the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix when Fangio won his 14th race on the 16th of January of 1955.

After his success with Ferrari, salary issues pushed him into accepting Lancia's deal. As a Lancia driver, he drove a couple of races for Maserati and another one for Ferrari before he was able to put himself behind the wheel of the Lancia D50 in the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix. He grabbed Pole Position and led for six laps in his first race for Lancia until his clutch failed. Ascari earned the points for the fastest lap and showed good pace before the failure, which was promising for 1955.

He won a couple of non-championship races before the start of the 1955 season, but the campaign did not start well after a retirement in the first race at Argentina, where he started second and led the race in the early stages. In the following race at Monaco, Ascari had a near-fatal accident in which his car fell into the sea and sank, but he did not suffer major injuries. He was leading the race before his crash.

Ascari, a superstitious man himself, was in Monza four days later, on the 26th of May of 1955, and was determined to test a Ferrari sports car. He did not have his racing suit nor his light blue helmet, which he did not allow anyone to touch due to superstition. To drive around Monza, he borrowed Eugenio Castelloti's helmet. After a couple of laps, a mysterious crash occurred on the Curva del Vialone, which is now the Variante Ascari, where the Italian legend died due to multiple injuries.

The causes of the crash are still unknown, however, the Ascari legacy is still having an impact in Formula One. Ascari will always be remembered as Ferrari's first World Champion and the only Italian to win the title with the legendary Italian outfit 2 times in a row.

Alberto once said about his family: "I don't want them to love me too much. Because they will suffer less if one of these days I am killed", still he was profoundly dedicated to his wife Mietta and his children Patrizia and Antonio.

Seasons

 

Alberto Ascari Final Championship Results

195019511952195319541955
5th2nd1st1st25th65th

 

Alberto Ascari F1 Seasons Summary

YearTeamEngineGP1st2nd3rdPodPoleLapsFLAvg PtsPoints
1955 Italy Lancia Lancia20000010100.000
1954 Italy Ferrari
Italy Lancia
Italy Maserati
Ferrari
Lancia
Maserati
50000112020.231.14
1953 Italy Ferrari Ferrari95005653145.1746.5
1952 Italy Ferrari Ferrari76006542667.6453.5
1951 Italy Ferrari Ferrari82204238703.5028
1950 Italy Ferrari Ferrari50202023802.2011

Cars

Alberto Ascari F1 Cars


Races

 

Alberto Ascari F1 GP Race Classifications

1st13 Times
2nd4 Times
4th2 Times
5th1 Time
6th1 Time
8th1 Time
31st1 Time
DNF13 Times
DNQ1 Time

 

Alberto Ascari F1 GP Race Results

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
3719551955 Monaco Grand Prix result26LanciaLancia2DNFAccident0
3619551955 Argentine Grand Prix result32LanciaLancia2DNFAccident0
3519541954 Spanish Grand Prix result34LanciaLancia1DNFClutch1
3419541954 Italian Grand Prix result34FerrariFerrari2DNFEngine0
3319541954 British Grand Prix result31MaseratiMaserati30DNFEngine0.14
3219541954 British Grand Prix result32MaseratiMaserati27DNFEngine0
3119541954 French Grand Prix result10MaseratiMaserati3DNFTransmission0
3019531953 Italian Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari1DNFAccident0
2919531953 Swiss Grand Prix result46FerrariFerrari219
2819531953 German Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari0DNFEngine1
2719531953 German Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari180
2619531953 British Grand Prix result5FerrariFerrari118.5
2519531953 French Grand Prix result10FerrariFerrari143
2419531953 Belgian Grand Prix result10FerrariFerrari218
2319531953 Dutch Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari118
2219531953 Argentine Grand Prix result10FerrariFerrari119
2119521952 Italian Grand Prix result12FerrariFerrari118.5
2019521952 Dutch Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari119
1919521952 German Grand Prix result101FerrariFerrari119
1819521952 British Grand Prix result15FerrariFerrari219
1719521952 French Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari119
1619521952 Belgian Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari119
1519521952 Indianapolis 500 result12FerrariFerrari1931Wheel0
1419511951 Spanish Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari143
1319511951 Italian Grand Prix result2FerrariFerrari318
1219511951 German Grand Prix result71FerrariFerrari118
1119511951 British Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari4DNFGearbox0
1019511951 French Grand Prix result12FerrariFerrari3DNFGearbox0
919511951 French Grand Prix result14FerrariFerrari623
819511951 Belgian Grand Prix result8FerrariFerrari426
719511951 Swiss Grand Prix result20FerrariFerrari760
619501950 Italian Grand Prix result48FerrariFerrari623
519501950 Italian Grand Prix result16FerrariFerrari2DNFEngine0
419501950 French Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari0DNQ0
319501950 Belgian Grand Prix result4FerrariFerrari752
219501950 Swiss Grand Prix result18FerrariFerrari5DNFOil Pump0
119501950 Monaco Grand Prix result40FerrariFerrari726

Comparison

 

Alberto Ascari Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1950FerrariClemente Biondetti2183000002020
Dorino Serafini223600000110
Luigi Villoresi268000002103
Peter Whitehead239400002231
Raymond Sommer246300001120
1951FerrariChico Landi1208010001010
José Froilán González11223021212341
Luigi Villoresi13282220206253
Peter Whitehead1911010004150
Piero Taruffi12251020204141
Reg Parnell243600001120
Rudi Fischer168010102020
1952FerrariAndré Simon168.5010101010
Charles de Tornaco1726.5030303030
Franco Comotti1129010101010
Hans Von Stuck1338.5010101010
Louis Rosier11026.5030303030
Luigi Villoresi1317.5820202020
Nino Farina1253.52760516051
Peter Hirt11118020102020
Peter Whitehead11017.5020102020
Piero Carini12018020202020
Piero Taruffi1244.51350405050
Roger Laurent169010101010
Roy Salvadori189010001010
Rudi Fischer1335.5440304040
Rudolf Schoeller1219010101010
1953FerrariJacques Swaters1710010101221
Kurt Adolff8281000102011
Louis Rosier1737.5040506271
Luigi Villoresi1247.51750707291
Max de Terra189010001010
Mike Hawthorn1146.53151605481
Nino Farina1146.54052606381
Peter Hirt1179010001010
Piero Carini17240000101010
Umberto Maglioli1780000100110
1954FerrariJosé Froilán González1230300001120
Maurice Trintignant1250200000110
Mike Hawthorn1220600000110
Robert Manzon12180000001010
Umberto Maglioli1230200000110
LanciaLuigi Villoresi1951.14200101221
MaseratiHarry Schell21120.14000000312
Ken Wharton2180.14000000312
Luigi Villoresi1951.14200101221
Onofre Marimón2130.148.2800000321
Prince Bira2140.14300000312
Roberto Mieres2160.14000000330
Ron Flockhart21200.14000000202
Roy Salvadori21150.14000000312
Sergio Mantovani21220000001010
Stirling Moss21160.140.2800000202
1955LanciaEugenio Castellotti1120600000220
Louis Chiron1160000000110
Luigi Villoresi1150200001230


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