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Alberto Ascari

Auto Racer Alberto Ascari

Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
Italy
Italian

Why Famous: World Formula 1 champion in 1952 and 1953.

Born: July 13, 1918
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: May 26, 1955 (aged 36)
Cause of Death: Car crash while testing after his Ferrari 750 Monza sports car skidded, turned on its nose and somersaulted twice.

Historical Events

  • 1951-10-28 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy
  • 1952-08-03 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1952-09-07 Alberto Ascari of Italy in a Ferrari wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 12 points from countryman Giuseppe Farina
  • 1953-08-23 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten
  • 1953-09-13 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari retains Formula 1 World Drivers Championship although forced to retire (engine trouble) in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 6.5 points from Juan Manuel Fangio

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