31 Facts About Juan Manuel Fangio

1. Juan Manuel Fangio was never married, but was involved in a romantic relationship with Andrea Berruet whom he broke up with in 1960.

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2. Juan Manuel Fangio died in Buenos Aires in 1995, at the age of 84 from kidney failure and pneumonia; he was buried in his home town of Balcarce.

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3. In 1990, Juan Manuel Fangio met the three-time world champion, Ayrton Senna, who had genuinely felt the encounter had reflected the mutual affection for both drivers.

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4. Juan Manuel Fangio was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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5. Juan Manuel Fangio was the special guest of the 50th anniversary 1978 Australian Grand Prix at the Sandown Raceway in Melbourne.

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6. Juan Manuel Fangio was the flagman for the 1975 Winston 500, and was the flagman for the Argentine Grand Prix when it was run from 1972 to 1981.

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7. Juan Manuel Fangio was appointed President of Mercedes-Benz Argentina in 1974, and its Honorary President for Life in 1987.

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8. Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1957 event, and had set fastest times during practice for the 1958 race.

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9. Juan Manuel Fangio would cross the line over two minutes down on Hawthorn.

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10. Juan Manuel Fangio had started with half-full tanks since he expected that he would need new tyres halfway through the race.

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11. Juan Manuel Fangio won the 12 Hours of Sebring sportscar race in America driving a Maserati 450S with Jean Behra for the second year running.

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12. Juan Manuel Fangio took over his teammate's cars after he suffered mechanical problems in three races, the Argentine, Monaco and Italian Grands Prix.

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13. In 1956 Juan Manuel Fangio moved to Ferrari to win his fourth title.

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14. Juan Manuel Fangio was losing time to Moss and Hans Herrmann, and when he got to Rome the engine was still not running smoothly.

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15. Juan Manuel Fangio got the more nimble open-wheeled W196 for the Nurburgring, and he promptly won the race, as he did at Bremgarten and then at Monza, the latter with the streamlined car.

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16. Juan Manuel Fangio won his home Grand Prix in Buenos Aires and at Spa with the iconic 250F.

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17. Juan Manuel Fangio competed in one of the most dangerous and prestigious races in Europe—the Mille Miglia, driving an Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM entered by the factory themselves.

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18. Juan Manuel Fangio competed and won one of 2 heats in the Albi Grand Prix, again with BRM and driving the fearsome and powerful Type 15, a car with a 600 hp supercharged V16 that was difficult to drive.

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19. Juan Manuel Fangio was taken to a hospital in Milan with multiple injuries, the most serious being a broken neck, and spent the rest of 1952 recovering in Argentina.

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20. Juan Manuel Fangio had agreed to drive for Maserati in a non-championship race at Monza the day after the Dundrod race, but having missed a connecting flight he decided to drive through the night from Lyon, arriving half an hour before the start having to drive on mountain roads through the Alps, before the existence of motorways.

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21. Juan Manuel Fangio won a handful of races for the Argentine Automobile Club driving a Maserati 4CLT and a Ferrari 166.

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22. Juan Manuel Fangio entered a further six Grand Prix races in 1949, winning four of them against top-level opposition.

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23. Juan Manuel Fangio began his racing career in Argentina in 1934, driving a 1929, which he had rebuilt.

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24. Juan Manuel Fangio was discharged before his 22nd birthday after taking his final physical examination.

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25. Juan Manuel Fangio's driving skills caught the attention of his commanding officer, who appointed Fangio as his official driver.

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26. Juan Manuel Fangio was bed-ridden for two months, cared for by his mother.

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27. Juan Manuel Fangio started his education at the School No 4 of Balcarce, Calle 13 before transferring to School No 1 and 18 Uriburu Av.

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28. In 2011, on the centenary of his birth, Juan Manuel Fangio was remembered around the world and various activities were held in his honor.

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29. Juan Manuel Fangio is the only Argentine driver to have won the Argentine Grand Prix, having won it four times in his career—the most of any driver.

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30. Juan Manuel Fangio won the World Championship of Drivers five times—a record which stood for 47 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher—with four different teams, a feat that has not been repeated.

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31. Juan Manuel Fangio dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers' Championship five times.

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