The ‘special relationship’ Ferrari will hope to exploit at Silverstone
OPINION: Ferrari might have snubbed the very first world championship race on British soil but the Scuderia and the UK went on to enjoy some deep connections. As BEN EDWARDS explains, theirs is a shared history that is waiting for its next chapter to be written...
Italian Anglophiles… The relationship between Ferrari and the United Kingdom has been special ever since the team’s first world championship race win at Silverstone in 1951. As the 70th anniversary of that magnificent Jose Froilan Gonzalez victory over Alfa Romeo is celebrated this year, the Scuderia will be hoping to rekindle the association.
The 1950s was a golden decade for Ferrari in the UK with six wins at the British Grand Prix. The success and passion of the Italian team was adopted by many local fans, especially when Kidderminster’s Peter Collins won the race in 1958 and his Ferrari team-mate Mike Hawthorn went on to become the first British world champion.
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