Model produced by: Hot Wheels Elite
Driver: Alberto Ascari (Italy)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari 500
Results: 5 wins, 5 podiums, 6 poles, 4 fastest laps
Ferrari again dominated the championship, taking seven of the eight grands prix, although Juan Manuel Fangio’s challenge in his Maserati took him to second place in the championship and a win at Monza. Ascari stretched his unbeaten run to nine grand prix before his team-mate Mike Hawthorn broke the sequence in becoming the first ever British winner in the French Grand Prix at Reims after a thrilling battle with Fangio.
Points were given to top 5 finishers (8, 6, 4, 3, 2). 1 point was given for fastest lap. Only the best four of nine scores counted towards the world championship. Points for shared drives were divided equally between the drivers, regardless of who had driven more laps. In 1953, all World Championship events (except the Indianapolis 500) were run under Formula 2 regulations. The 1953 season was all the first truly global World Championship, with an event in Argentina. The race was marred by an accident involving Ferrari’s Giuseppe Farina, who crashed into an unprotected crowd, killing nine spectators – the first deaths in Formula One.
See a clip from the Swiss Grand Prix, where Alberto Ascari clinched his 2nd World Championship