This past weekend Sebastian Vettel because the most recent Formula One driver to win the World Drivers Championship back to back. He and the Red Bull Racing team have completely dominated the 2011 Formula One Championship season.
The first person to win back to back World Drivers Championships was Alberto Ascari who accomplished this feat in 1952 and 1953. It should be noted that the official World Drivers Championship began in 1950, so the earlier Grand Prix drivers never had a similar championsip to claim. I found the following two images of Ascari in Anthony Pritchard’s book: “The World Champions From Farina to Stewart”.
Alberto Ascari: World Champion 1952 and 1953
Alberto Ascari really enjoyed the Grand Prix racing, but he loathed sports car racing. Alberto Ascari had a clause in his contracts with racing teams that permitted him to refuse to compete in sports car racing. Ascari did not enjoy the endurance type of racing that was common in the major sports car races of the day – La Carrera Panamericana, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Mille Miglia. Despite this loathing of those events, when Alberto Ascari did compete in them he often did very well. A great example of this was Ascari’s winning of the 1954 Mille Miglia in a Lancia D24. I posted some notes about the Lancia D24 and D25 cars on this website on August 22, 2011.
Alberto Ascari Winning the 1954 Mille Miglia in a Lancia D24
Recently I posted some brief notes about the develoment of a Mexican race car, the LT Special, to compete in the 1955 La Carrera Panamericana which was never held. When I look at the lines of the Lancia D24 and compare them with the LT Special, I can see that the designer of the LT Special was strongly influenced by the Lancia D24. Compare the following image of the LT Special with the Lancia D24.
The LT Special Design Appears to have been Influenced by the Lancia D24
For more information and images of the LT Special see my post to this website on October 3, 2011.