Ferrari boasts nine golden men: the drivers who have conquered at least one Formula 1 World Championship.
Schumacher’s five, the two each for Ascari and Lauda, those of Fangio, Hawthorn, Hill, Surtees, Scheckter and Raikkonen. 15 in all.
Behind each of these men there is a story as enthralling as any novel. They might all have been the fruit of a writer’s imagination rather than accounts of real life.
For years Umberto Zapelloni reported from the circuits of the Formula 1 World Championship for Il Giornale, the Corriere della Sera and the Gazzetta dello Sport and is today a pundit for sky.
He has written here about the lives rather than the races of these great drivers, many of whom he has met personally, encountered during his years following the circus, while in other cases he has sought out people who knew them.
The result is nine in-depth portraits of special men who just happen to World Champion racing drivers.