Ferrari celebrating 70 years of motor racing

MARANELLO, ITALY (1985) (REUTERS) – Ferrari are marking 70 years since founder Enzo Ferrari unveiled his first racing car in 1947 with an event at their headquarters in Maranello, Italy on Saturday (September 9).

Enzo Ferrari, after working with Alfa Romeo and running his own team, founded his own company and built his first Ferrari car – the 125S — in 1947.

The Formula One world championship started in 1950 and Ferrari was one of the first entrants, his team making their debut at the second race in Monaco and finishing second with Alberto Ascari.

The first Ferrari win in Formula One came in July 1951 at Silverstone, with Argentine Jose Froilan Gonzalez, known as the ‘Pampas Bull’. Until then, Indianapolis excepted, Alfa Romeo had won every race.

Ferrari won their first Formula One drivers’ championship in 1952, with Ascari.

The constructors’ title was introduced in 1958 and Ferrari won it for the first time in 1961.

Ferrari are the only team in the world championship to have competed since the beginning and also the most successful.

They head to Singapore next week with a record of 228 race wins since 1950. They have won 16 constructors’ titles, most recently in 2008, and 15 drivers’ championships.

Seven times champion Michael Schumacher won five titles in a row with Ferrari from 2000-2004. He was the first Ferrari champion since South African Jody Scheckter in 1979.

The most recent Ferrari driver to win the title was Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.