France is the birthplace of grand prix racing and Britain is the heartland, but the sport's spiritual home is in Italy. The country has produced two world champions—Alberto Ascari and Nino Farina—and is home to one of the most famous racing circuits in the world: the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Despite that, Formula One is in the midst of its third-straight season without an Italian driver on the grid (and only the fourth since the championship began in 1950). Earlier this year, I examined some of the reasons for the lack of Italian drivers.
But even with this recent drought, only one country—the United Kingdom—has more grand prix winners than Italy's 15. As the teams arrive in Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, we have ranked the top 10 Italian drivers in F1 history (also check out our previous rankings of the best British and German drivers).