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Alberto Ascari
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Ascari before a test in Montecarlo
Born (1918-07-13)13 July 1918
Milan, Italy
Died 26 May 1955(1955-05-26) (aged 36)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19501955
Teams Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia
Entries 33 (32 starts)
Championships 2 (1952, 1953)
Wins 13
Podiums 17
Career points 107 914 (140 17)
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
Participating years 1952–1953
Teams Scuderia Ferrari
Best finish DNF (1952, 1953)

Alberto Ascari (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.

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 4 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, although Schumacher now also shares that record with Lewis Hamilton.

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.

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