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Why Are There No Italian Drivers in Formula 1? 3 Possible Candidates

In 1950, Italian Guiseppe Farina won the inaugural Formula One season, taking victory in half of the races in which he and his Alfa Romeo 158 competed (the Indy 500 was then part of the F1 calendar, but the European teams did not participate). Then came the great Alberto Ascari, who won back-to-back world titles in 1952 and 1953.  Ascari, in the dominant Ferrari 500, won nine straight races (again excluding Indy) over the two seasons—a record that still stands. Nearly 60-years later, there hasn't been an Italian Formula One world champion since. Italian-born and raised Mario Andretti won the 1978 title and Michele Alboreto might well have won the 1985 title but for his Ferrari failing to finish the final five races, but it's been...

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