The Vittorio Jano designed Ferrari Lancia D-50s, Monza 1956.
Alberto Ascari, Monaco 1955.
During what would be his final Grand Prix, Ascari started from the front row before suffering a horrific crash on lap 80, falling into the harbour only to be saved by aquamen.
Four days later, after making a surprise appearance at a Ferrari sports car test at Monza to watch his friend Eugene Castellotti, Ascari popped into the car to make a few laps (the two would be driving the car at the Supercortemaggiore 1000 km race later in the year) in trousers, short sleeves and Castellotti’s helmet.
Coming through the high speed left hander Curva di Vialone, Ascari lost control and was thrown from the vehicle as the car rolled. He would die of his injuries, and was buried alongside his father in Milan.
The corner was renamed in his honour, and was later reconfigured into the Variante Ascari which we know today.
Originally designed in 1954, the Lancia family fell on hard times and had to sell-off the Scuderia Lancia, with the car being purchased by Ferrari. Fangio would win the 1956 Driver’s Championship with it, rebadged as the Ferrari D50.