Fangio's top 10 races
To mark 100 years since the birth of five-time Formula 1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio, Edd Straw has selected the great Argentinian's top 10 victories from his illustrious career
The great Juan Manuel Fangio, who died in 1995, would have celebrated his 100th birthday today, on June 24. It is often said that great drivers rewrite the record books. Well, Fangio was the man that wrote them in the first place as far as the Formula 1 World Championship era is concerned. He won five of the first eight titles and triumphed 24 times in just 51 starts, a win rate untouched even by the likes of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
But it wasn't only in World Championship grand prix racing that Fangio excelled. In all, he claimed 78 victories in international races, with some of what are today regarded as 'minor' events, thanks to their non-championship status, easily among his finest hours.
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