Born in Milan in 1918, Alberto Ascari was just seven when his father, Antonio Ascari, one of the greatest drivers of the inter-war years, died in a crash at the Montlhéry circuit. After trying his hand at motorcycles, Alberto began racing cars in 1940. Signed by the Scuderia Ferrari, he took part in the first F1 world championship in 1950 and won two world titles in 1952 and 1953. He died on 26 May 1955, aged 36, while test driving at the Monza circuit.
|Size of the pair||83 x 31 mm horizontal|
|Quantity of issue||40,000 pairs|
|Note||Sheet of 4 pairs of stamps with illuminations|
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