Since 2 July 1961, the name of Giancarlo Baghetti has been linked to a record that has never been beaten again in the history of Formula 1: victory on his debut in a Grand Prix valid for the World Championship.
Baghetti was 27 years old, drove a semi-official Ferrari '156' and achieved success in one of the most prestigious events of the time: the French GP on the difficult and very fast circuit of Reims.
There was enough to turn the Milanese driver into a national idol in a flash, thanks also to the 'cover' dedicated to him by the famous and widely popular magazine La Domenica del Corriere.
A brave driver, with a remarkable naturalness at the wheel, as well as an openly friendly gentleman, Baghetti became an official Ferrari driver in 1962.
It was not a lucky year, however, due to the period of technical transition at Maranello, as Mauro Forghieri, the engineer behind the Cavallino's rebirth, recalls in the preface to this book.
This convinced Baghetti to accept the offer from the newly-established ATS, directed by engineer Chiti, Ferrari's former technical director. A semi-romantic plot that unfortunately didn't work and would condition Baghetti's career, which only ended in 1968 anyway.
The author of this book, Giacomo Arioso, is an enthusiast who carried out scrupulous research before writing it (there are many unpublished 'family' photos) and the testimony of Cristina, Giancarlo's wife, and his brother Marco, were of fundamental importance.
The result is a complete and detailed biography of Giancarlo Baghetti, starting with the early years, through his racing career - which began with Alfa Romeos in the Turismo and GT categories and exploded with Formula Junior single-seaters - and covering the entire period that followed, when Giancarlo became an extreme raid driver, a photographer of great sensitivity and then a clearly qualified motoring journalist.
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