He remains a curve dedicated to the Monza circuit, and a distant memory as thelast Italian world champion F. 1. Of Alberto Ascari between legend and superstition, the books have told galore. For sure the similarities with his father Antonio are striking: both pilots, both killed during a race or a test. Both at the same age, had two months to 37 years. Both the deaths of 26: of July the father, may the son. At two months from their birthday: 15 September for the father, on the 13th of July for the son. And then that tragic flight into the sea at monte carlo, a few days before. Ended without harm, but with great fear.
And that test improvised in Monza, a few days after the flight without damage to the chicane of the port. Villoresi and Castellotti were driving a Ferrari 750 for the GP Supercortemaggiore. Him, always superstitious, and that he never would have gone on a race car without its object, starting from the helmet, it asks you to do three laps to stretch, time to resume some mechanisms that 4 days before, during the GP of Montecarlo, they were about to cost him his life. On a patch of oil left by the broken engine of Moss, Ascari had a crush, broken the security of the straw and flew into the water. They pulled him with the break of the nasal septum, but without damage. And in Monza, after the call of the friends Villoresi and Castellotti, wanted to breathe a little of that air as a child, with his father, Antonio, had entered his lungs, giving him a sense of life to follow.
“Guys, I do three laps, so much for sgranchirmi, I reach the restaurant,” he said. He took the helmet of Eugene, wore, went, First round, second round, third round: the tragedy. Someone said that a viewer had crossed the track, but Tino Brambilla, at the time, a spectator, said that the Ferrari broke, it overturned and crushed Alberto Ascari, who died on the shot even if you transported him to the hospital San Gerardo of Monza, not far from the racetrack. In that same curve, the year before, had gone out of the track with his Lancia D50. At that time Alberto Ascari had already won two world of F. 1, had scored seven fastest laps in a row, divided between single-seaters and sports cars, always going to the maximum. His disappearance was very impressed by the environment and the Spear stopped with the competitions in the maximum formula.
That 1955 marked a year very sad for the Italian motor racing and the world. The baby formation of the Ferrari was decimated in a short time, at Le Mans it was the tragedy of Levegh, the Mille Miglia saw the tragedy of De Portago. Enzo Ferrari was painted like a Saturn who eats his children. In that day of the end of may, in a park of Monza silent, broken only by the roar of the Ferrari sport, ended the life and the history of Alberto Ascari, pilot like his father, two-time world champion F. 1, one that would never have climbed on a car racing day 26, with the helmet of another rider, a few days after the notice of the monte carlo. Yet fate is made the same. In Milan, in corso Sempione 60, there is a plaque dedicated to him in the building where she lived. And at Monza, a curve between the more technical of the world. And after 65 years, Italy is still waiting for a sample of the world that can stop that long fast in the world championship.