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TREMAYNE ON FANGIO: Why F1’s first record breaker is still revered by racing fans decades after he left the stage

Hall of Fame F1 Journalist

David Tremayne
The Monaco Grand Prix; Monte Carlo, May 19, 1957. Juan Manuel Fangio in his Maserati 250F on the

Saturday June 24 2023 marks the 112th anniversary of the birth of multiple world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

Long before single-name recognition became the hallmark of famous singers or footballers, he was known simply by his surname, usually with an exclamation mark attached. In the 1950s, when the F1 World Championship was in its childhood, he was the hero so many times that he was lionised in every country that the sport visited.


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