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On 19th March fifty years ago, Nicola Giuseppe Larini was born at Lido di Camaiore. He was a Ferrari test driver and the last Italian to have scored points at the wheel of a Ferrari, the 412 T1. Nicola made it to the second step of the podium in one of the saddest weekends in Formula 1 history, when on Saturday 30 April 1994 Roland Ratzenberger died at Imola, followed the next day, 1st May by the death of the great Ayrton Senna in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.
In recent times, Italians such as Badoer and Fisichella, who replaced the injured Massa in 2009, have fared less well at the wheel of a Prancing Horse. However, there is hope that, in the future there might be a competitive Italian in Formula 1, thanks to Ferrari’s efforts with the FDA (Ferrari Driver Academy). It is currently bringing on talented youngsters, such as Raffaele Marciello, who this year races in GP2 and Antonio Fuoco, who will compete in Formula 3 in 2014.