Ferrari F1 team
Without any doubt, Ferrari is the most popular team in Formula 1 history. Scuderia Ferrari was founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari and is based in Maranello (Italy). Since the start of Formula 1 in 1950 Ferrari is part of the competition and most successful team with 16 Constructors’ Championships and 15 Drivers’ Championships. In addition, one of the reasons of Ferrari’s popularity all over the world is that some great drivers lost their lives in the races, so even neutral fans compelled to love the red colour of the team.
Obviously, team got the name after his founder, while Scuderia is Italian word for a stable reserved for racing horses. The prancing horse was the symbol on Italian World War I ace Francesco Baracca’s fighter plane, and became the logo of Ferrari after the fallen ace’s parents, good friends with Enzo Ferrari, asked him to continue his tradition of sportsmanship and gallantry.
Interesting fact is that Ferrari missed first race in Formula 1 history due to a dispute about money paid to entrants. Anyway, in the first years of the competition, two titles were won by Alberto Ascari (1952, 1953), while Manuel Fangio won the title in 1956. Two years later Mike Hawthorn climbed to the throne and retired at the end of the season. Just few months later he was killed in a car accident. 1958 is inscribed in black letters in the history of Ferrari after the other two team drivers in that year, Luigi Musso and Peter Collins, died at the races in France in Germany.
First Constructors’ Championship Ferrari managed to win in 1961 with Phil Hill taking a Drivers’ title same year. Three years later Ferrari made another “double” after John Surtees won Drivers’ Championship. For the next trophy team had to wait 11 years.
Niki Lauda in 1975 and 1977 led Ferrari to a new “double”. Between the two titles, in 1976, Austrian driver had a horrible accident, but returned to the track after just six weeks. Led by the new champion Jody Sheckter, Ferrari again was the best in 1979 winning the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles.
There was a period of stagnation in the ’80s when were won two Constructors’ title (1982, 1983), while for the new Drivers’ title Ferrari had to wait until 2000 and arrival of Michael Schumacher. Those were joyous years for the fans of Ferrari. In next four racing seasons Schumacher and Ferrari, with Rubens Barrichello as a second driver, were unstoppable. They won four “doubles” setting numerous records.
Last year when Ferrari has won Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship was 2007. Kimi Raikkonen took the title by just one point at the last race of the season. The last title Ferrari has won in the 2008 in Constructors’ championship and since then is struggling to return to the top.
When draw the line, Ferrari has recorded a total of 221 wins, had 207 pole positions and 230 fastest laps until the end of 2014. Along with the aforementioned champions, many great aces had a privilege of being behind the steering wheel of Ferrari, such as Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni, Carlos Reutemann, Gilles Villeneuve, Mario Andretti, Rene Arnoux, Michele Alboreto, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, etc.