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Ferrari, Italy and Formula 1: Where Have the Italian Drivers Gone, and Why?

Ferrari and Monza are two of the most storied names in Formula One history. In motorsport circles, both are synonymous with Italy. But despite being home to F1's most successful team and one of the most famous circuits in the world, Italy has struggled to produce top-level grand prix drivers—particularly in recent years. In fact, the 2014 season (Caterham's driver decision notwithstanding) will be the third in a row without an Italian driver on the grid. Aside from the current drought, there has only been one season since the F1 World Championship began in 1950 where an Italian did not start at least one race: 1969. And that year, Tino Brambilla almost made it onto the grid for the Italian Grand Prix, but Ferrari only had one car avai...

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