Alberto Ascari leading the 1953 Italian Grand Prix at Monza in his Ferrari 500 F2. He was denied victory when his car was T-boned by Onofre Marimon’s Maserati within sight of the checkered flag. The eventual winner was Juan Manuel Fangio.
Eugenio Castellotti was deeply concerned about his best friend and mentor. Four days earlier, Alberto Ascari plunged his Lancia D50 headlong into Monte Carlo harbor at more than 120 mph, while he was leading the 1955 Monaco Grand Prix. The 1952-53 Formula One World Champion was plucked from his submerged car by a frogman and hauled unceremoniously onto the deck of a small rescue boat, shaken and gasping for breath but glad to be alive. Before being taken to the…
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