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in an effort to maximise track time for the drivers and accelerate their learning.

Pirelli was chosen by the FIA to supply the control tyre for this crucial new series because of the company's proven ability to contain costs while maintaining a high level of technology to further the best interests of competition.


History, people and anecdotes from a century of victories

Ascari and Campari, handicap with bread and salami At the 1925 French Grand Prix, before a public which was decidedly hostile to red Italian cars, favoring the many - but ... less competitive – local racing cars, one of the most incredible demonstrations of strength which has ever occurred in car racing was seen. The official Alfa Romeo P2 cars of Antonio Ascari and Giuseppe Campari were so superior to the other competitors (Delage, Bugatti, etc.), that the team was persuaded to arrange for an ante litteram pit-stop for the drivers, and while the technicians polished the bodywork after filling the tank and checking the oil and water, the pilots had time for a snack of bread and salami. Having thus satisfied the purely gastronomic aspect, the Alfa Romeo drivers calmly went back to the race, winning with an embarrassing superiority and a rather worrying gap for the rivals.

Varzi beats Nuvolari, thanks to the rain tyres In the early 1930s, Italian racing enthusiasts were divided between Nuvolari fans and those who preferred Varzi. There were a great many epic battles between the Mantova and Novara drivers, such as in the case of the 1000 Miglia in which – with Nuvolari in the lead – Varzi received an order from the pits from his patron Enzo Ferrari, who invited him to change his tyres for “anchored” ones (the “rain” tyres of the day). It started to rain, and with the suitable Pirelli tyres, the valiant Achilles made up for much of the lost distance, going on to easily overtake Nuvolari – driving an official Alfa Romeo but in deep trouble with the tyres. Varzi thus got his own back for the “trick” that Nuvolari had played on him four years before, when Tazio recovered ground on the Apennines by switching off his headlights when he came down the hills so that his rival couldn’t see him. That was how the Mantova driver had won hands down over Varzi, destroying all the latter's resistance in the last stretch towards the finishing line in Brescia.

Fangio’s master exploit with the Maserati at Nürburgring One of the great drivers to make car racing history was certainly Juan-Manuel Fangio, the Argentine who dominated the F1 in the first decade of the world championship races. At the 1957 Grand Prix, Fangio was by then at the end of his career and about to win his fifth World Title – out of the eight which had so far been awarded … - with the Maserati 250F and Pirelli tyres. He was a driver who had Varzi’s coolness together with Nuvolari’s boldness, and in that G.P. “el chueco” (the bandy-legged) had to battle against Moss’s Vanwall and, above all, against the Ferraris of Hawthorn and Collins, who were the real rivals of this champion. On the twelfth lap of the twenty-two on the program, Fangio stopped at the pits to change tyres and fill the tank. Changing the tyres took longer than expected because of a technical problem in replacing the nuts; so the two Ferraris went into the lead with a margin of no less than 46 seconds. Considering the fact that there were ten laps to go, the Argentine had to gain almost five seconds a lap on the two

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