Saturday, 18 August 2007

Juan Manuel Fangio

Fangio in a Maserati 250F

On this day in 1956 Fangio won his fifth and last World Championship. He was 46 years old and retired the next year. Juan Manuel Fangio (1911-1995) dominated the first decade of Grand Prix racing and his record of five World Championships stood for 46 years until Michael Schumacher beat him. He achieved the titles with four different teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati), a feat that has not been repeated. For these achievements, and because of the time in which they were accomplished, he is considered by many as the "greatest driver of all time".

Juan Manuel Fangio driving a Mercede-Benz W196
in the 1986 Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

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