Nestled in the rolling green hills of Northern Italy, 20 of the most refined cars in motorsport fire up their engines. Over the past weekend With the echoing of horsepower through the hills, Scuderia Ferrari Celebrated their 1000th race start in Formula one.
The Mugello Autodrome in Tuscany is where the oldest surviving F1 team celebrated the success of the past 70 years. The Prancing Horses story starts in 1929 when Enzo Ferrari founded the Scuderia Ferrari brand where they started building and racing Alfa Romeos cars, but a falling out over the team racing under the Alfa name forced Enzo to leave and create his own team still retaining the Scuderia mark. There first entry into Formula One was the 1950 Monaco Gran Prix, where they finished a very respectable 2nd and 4th. It only took the team two years before they had a world championship driver winning in a Ferrari car, and have since entered every years championship.
Alberto Ascari at the 1950 Monaco GP
To date, they have secured 237 race victories and 16 Constructors world Championships. With some of the most recognisable names behind the steering wheel. Alberto Ascari, Nikki Lauda, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are just a small handful of the drivers to race for Ferrari, but when you mention Ferrari, you have to mention Michael Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher celebrates on the podium.
Ferrari dominated Formula One from the late 1990’s through to the early 2000’s, and Schumacher took advantage of the dominance and secured himself 7 world titles, five of which he won consecutively. During his career, he won 91 races and stood on the podium 155 times. He last raced in F1 in 2012 for Mercedes before retiring and moving onto other projects.
Leclerc battling with Vettel.
With the new Formula One rule changes set to come into effect in 2022, Ferrari hope to become dominant once again after the past few years battling Red Bull and Mercedes. Things are looking positive as they are already designing the new race car and secured two high level drivers for the foreseeable future.
Here’s to the next 1000 races.