The finest Ferrari TRIO of all time in F1

The Ferrari TRIO of F1 is widely regarded as one of the finest of all time.

The Scuderia Ferrari Team is highly regarded as the greatest team of all time to ever compete in Formula One. It is the oldest team in Formula One and has been present since 1950, at the inaugural F1 World Championship. In history, Ferrari was the only team to race every season. 16 Constructors' and 15 Drivers' championships have been achieved by the team. Among the drivers that have driven for the Scuderia, some have had a significant impact on the world of F1.

Below shows the overview of the Ferrari TRIO’s World Championships:

Michael Schumacher

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The seven-time champion, Michael Schumacher, is the most decorated F1 driver of all time, holding almost every scoring record in history. In 1990, Schumacher bagged himself a job at Mercedes after an amazing F3 German Championship victory. He made his F1 debut, finishing seventh in a Jordan at the Belgian Grand Prix the next year. Benetton immediately snatched him up, making him a double champion. With the title of World Champion in 1995, he moved to Ferrari.

The Ferrari-Schumacher alliance got off to a successful start with three wins in 1996 and five more wins in 1997. After finishing second overall in 1998, his 1999 season was delayed by a broken leg incurred in the British Grand Prix crash. The year 2000 was a huge turning point for Schumacher, as he became Ferrari’s first champion in 21 years. He won the driving title for four consecutive years, won eleven times, and finished all seventeen races on the podium in 2002.

Schumacher won his sixth racing title in 2003 and his fourth as a Ferrari driver. He won thirteen out of eighteen races in 2004 to win his seventh championship with a decisive lead. Michael’s much-talked-about success was mainly attributed to his consistency and the principles which he lived by. Many saw him as a determined, dedicated, committed, intelligent, and smart individual. He always strived for the highest standards at all times and never left any room for mistakes. His pure passion for racing and constant quest for improvement is what set him apart from other drivers and kept him at the top. Michael trained harder than any other driver, and his fitness level was commendable. At the 2006 championship, he finished second. The seven wins brought his total to 91, and having competed in 179 races, he won 72 of them, logging five Ferrari titles. 2006 was also his retirement year.

Niki Lauda

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Two-time Ferrari world champion Andreas Niki Lauda was born in Austria. Lauda was Formula One’s first paid driver. Lauda tested for the BMR team, and despite his speed, he only scored two points in the 1973 season. His career changed in 1974 when Ferrari offered him a job. In his debut race, Lauda finished second and, regardless of his five retirements, Lauda managed two wins and nine pole positions. The next season started rocky for him, with only five points after four races, but he secured four wins and a second place in the next five races. Niki Lauda won the last race to secure his first championship and called it an unbelievable year for him. 

In 1976, Niki Lauda won four of the first six races and finished second in the other two. The Austrian had double the number of points as his nearest rival, and everything pointed towards an easy world championship victory. Unfortunately, Lauda was involved in a serious accident, and he suffered burns to his face and hands, in addition to breathing in toxic fumes. He almost lost his life, yet he returned to work after 39 days (two races later). He almost won the championship but was defeated by James Hunt. The Austrian dominated the 1977 season, where he secured three wins and six second-places, securing him the championship. At the end of the season, Lauda left Ferrari having won 15 of his 57 races in Ferrari colors and won two world championships.

Alberto Ascari

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Alberto Ascari, son of Italy's most dominant pre-war driver, later became one of Formula One racing's most dominant and most beloved champions. Alberto’s dominance made him Ferrari’s first ever back-to-back world champion, achieving the remarkable feat in 1952 and 1953. Finished fifth in his first season with Ferrari before progressing to second place the following year. In 1952, Alberto was able to win six of the seven races he entered, earning him his first title. Only five victories in 1953 were enough to earn him consecutive world champion glory. Ascari`s superlative driving skill and winning persona made him a fan favorite. Just when Alberto had the whole world in his hands, an unfortunate event struck him in 1955. 

Ascari came to Monza to watch a practice session in which Eugenio Castellotti was testing a Ferrari sports car they were scheduled to share at a forthcoming endurance event. Ascari surprised everyone by announcing that he wanted to do a few laps to make sure he had not lost his nerve. He was wearing a jacket and tie and had left his lucky blue helmet at home, so he borrowed Castellotti`s white helmet and set off around Monza. On the third lap, the car skidded before somersaulting twice, throwing Ascari onto the track, where he died of injuries. Alberto’s short yielded 13 wins from 27 races and two world titles.

Performances of the finest Ferrari TRIO:

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