Timing screen, 1983 German Grand Prix.
Jesus H, this is one of the best F1 photos I’ve ever seen. Dale Kristemaker never ceases to amaze me with the quality of the photos he has taken over the years.
Also, you know when you’re a F1 geek when you have favourite F1 photographers. Get on my level. (The Cahiers still win though, sorry Dale)
Anyway, Michele Alboreto for the Scuderia, 1985 Austrian Grand Prix.
Michele Alboreto at the newlook Nurburgring, 1985.
Michele Alboreto is the last Italian driver to win a Grand Prix for the Scuderia.
If there is a god, he is probably a Ferrari fan.
On September 11, 1988, just under a month after the death of the mythical figure of Enzo Ferrari, or il commendatore, at the Scuderia’s home town of Marenello, some 200 kilometres away at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza during the 1988 Italian Grand Prix, a miracle happened.
First, the all-conquering Honda engine in Alain Prost’s McLaren gave way after just 34 laps - unheard of in the nearly perfectly reliable Honda turbo. Then, with only two laps to go, a miscommunication between Prost’s team mate Ayrton Senna and Williams fill-in Jean-Louis Schlesser lead to a collision when the Brazilian was putting a lap over the Frenchman.
This lead the Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto running first and second, much to the delight of the tifosi. They finished this way, with race winner Berger dedicating it to the man who gave his name and nearly 70 years of his life to motor racing. This would be the only time that season that a McLaren would not win a race.
Michele Alboreto Ferrari Monaco 1988
Michele Alboreto Footwork - Mugen Honda 1992
For the longest time I thought his name a was Michel Alberto and was French.
Gerhard Berger leads Michele Alboreto to a Ferrari 1-2 at Monza in 1988. The tifosi would have to wait until 1996 for another Scuderia victory at the legendary Italian circuit, and until 1998 for another 1-2, both victories being scored by Michael Schumacher who would go on to win at Monza another 3 times for Ferrari.