Alberto Ascari is one of the legends in the racing car history. He was an Italian racing driver and twice Formula One World Champion. He is one of only two Italian Formula One World Champions in the history of the sport, and the only one to win his two championships in a Ferrari. Following the end of World War II Alberto Ascari began racing in Grands Prix with Maserati. He won his first Grand Prix race in Sanremo, Italy in 1948 and took second place in the British Grand Prix the same year. Ascari won another race with the team the following year. His biggest success came when he joined Villoresi on the Ferrari team, and won three more races that year. The first Formula One World Championship season took place in 1950, and the Ferrari team made its World Championship debut at Monte Carlo with Ascari, Villoresi, and the popular French driver Raymond Sommer on the team. Ascari finished second in the race and later in the year shared a second place at the first World Championship race at Monza, finishing fifth in the championship standings. He won his first World Championship F1 race the following season on the Nürburgring circuit and added a win at Monza, finishing runner up in the championship to Juan Manuel Fangio. Ascari's Ferrari Tipo 500 dominated 1952, winning all six races in Europe that season and recording the fastest lap in each race. Alberto Ascari died on 26 May 1955, at the age of 36. In 1992, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.