Juan Manuel Fangio info & statistics

Juan Manuel Fangio wiki info & stats
Name Juan Manuel Fangio
Country Argentina Argentina
Place of Birth Balcarce
Date of Birth Jun 24th 1911
Date of Death Jul 17th 1995 - 84 years old
Season Entries 8
First Race 1950 British Grand Prix
Last Race 1958 French Grand Prix
First Pole 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Pole 1958 Argentine Grand Prix
First Win 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Win 1957 German Grand Prix
First Podium 1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last Podium 1957 Italian Grand Prix

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles 5
Race Starts 51
Race Wins 24 (47,1%)
Pole Positions 29 (56,9%)
Fastest Laps 23 (45,1%)
Podiums 35 (68,6%)
Points Finishes 43 (84,3%)
Retirements 12 (23,5%)
Hat-tricks 7
Wins from pole 13
Front Row Starts 42
Total Points 278
Total Laps 3.159


Biography

 

Juan Manuel Fangio Biography


Juan Manuel Fangio in Extraordinario 1965

Juan Manuel Fangio in Extraordinario 1965

“Wherever the majestic music of motor racing can be heard; Through the sweeping high-speed curves of Spa, past the sun lit terraces of  Monaco, high on the Monza banking, down the historic ribbon of road that is Reims, through the flat wide opened space Silverstone, or winding round the unrelenting Nurburgring. One man stands out, cool and calm amid a split-second world where time is told in tenths: Fangio”

WG Grace, Pele, Rod Laver, Joe Davies, Babe Ruth, Ben Hogan. Formula One has its own original master, who still stands highest on the podium in the flawed and baseless cliché argument of ‘who’s the greatest ever’. Michael Schumacher may have won the most, Ayrton Senna may have been the fastest, Alain Prost may have been the cleverest, and Jim Clark may have been the most charismatic. But they all came after the original: Juan Manuel Fangio.

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

The Argentine, born in 1911, may have only raced in Formula One for eight years, but he still managed to win five world championships which stood as the record for almost 50 years. Add to that he won 46% of all his races, set 29 pole positions and managed to achieve all this while in his forties.

After success in racing long-distance road races in Argentina, Fangio arrived in Europe in 1948 to compete in Formula One. It was a tough experience as he retired from 11th on the grid in his Simca Gordini in Reims and didn’t race again that season. Fortunately, he wasn’t put off and won four out of the six races in 1949 against strong opposition. Fangio was so impressive that he started as the favourite for the inaugural driver’s championship in his Alfa Romeo. Of the six Grands Prix races the 1950 F1 season, he won three. However, his teammate Nino Farina also won three and claimed the maiden championship due to an extra fourth place.

Mercedes Benz W196 (1954)

Mercedes Benz W196 (1954)

Fangio’s name may not be the first on the trophy but in 1951 he got his revenge. Three more race wins followed and he beat Italian Alberto Ascari by six points to claim his first World Championship. Incredibly Fangio was left without a race seat for the 1952 F1 season as Alfa pulled out of the sport following rule changes.

Luckily he was given a lifeline by Maserati but tragedy almost struck before the partnership really began. The defending champion agreed to race in a non-championship event at Monza, just 24 hours after another race in Dundrod.

Despite missing his connecting flight, Fangio made it to the start grid but had driven from Paris all night and arrived just half an hour before the start. Understandably he was largely fatigued and crashed the car on lap two. The Argentine was lucky to survive as the car crashed into a grass bank and tossed the unsuspecting driver out of the car.

Alberto Ascari & Juan Manuel Fangio

Alberto Ascari & Juan Manuel Fangio

After months of recuperation, Fangio returned for the 1953 season with Maserati. In his absence, the Ferrari of Alberto Ascari had become dominant and the 1952 champion was powerless to stop the Italian running away with the title again. Fangio came second, with one win at Monza and three podiums. Fangio was destined to drive with Maserati again in 1954 until Mercedes came along. With the silver arrows, he dominated the 1954 season, winning six out of eight rounds and storming to his second world crown and in 1955 he won yet again.

After a brief two-year stint Mercedes left the sport before the 1956 season leaving Fangio without a drive again. However, the most famous and successful racing driver of the day was wooed by the most famous and iconic racing brand, Ferrari.

Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955

Juan Manuel Fangio in 1955

Just as Schumacher did 40 years later, Fangio moved to Ferrari, briefed with returning the world crown to Enzo’s team. It was a dubious season and Fangio’s car suffered regular mechanical problems. On the frequent occasions that it broke down he was handed his team mate’s car to finish the race and they would share the points. In the final round of the championship Fangio’s teammate, Peter Collins, was 15 laps away from winning the world crown before being forced to hand his car to Fangio. The 45 year-old won the race, and with the points shared he claimed his third consecutive championship and fourth overall.

Enzo Ferrari and his star driver didn’t always see eye to eye and not surprisingly Fangio left that season to return to Maserati who were still using the same car Fangio drove in 1954. Three wins in the opening three races looked to have set Fangio on his way to another world crown. However, a retirement in Britain left him with work to do in Germany.

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

The 1957 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring is F1’s most iconic race. An error of judgement by Fangio saw him need to pit much earlier than he predicted and an awful stop put him 50 seconds behind the Ferrari pair of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins. Fangio then produced the fastest stint of racing ever seen in F1. He broke the lap record time and time again, which culminated in lap 20 being 11 seconds faster than the Ferrari’s. With one lap left he had hunted them down and past them both to claim a famous victory. That day he claimed his fifth world crown and his last ever win.

Afterwards he said “I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don’t think I will ever be able to do so again”.

Prior to the 1958 season at a race in Cuba, Fangio was kidknapped at gunpoint. His captors hoped to force the abandonment of the race in a political protest against the government. They held Fangio for 29 hours before releasing him and even allowed him to listen to the race on the radio. Following the French Grand Prix of 1958, Fangio retired. In his last race, the leader Mike Hawthorn lapped the great man on the final lap, before slowing down to let him cross the line first so that he could complete the race. He retired at 47 with five World Championships. That great record lasted for 46 years, and there are still five records he holds:

Juan Manuel Fangio

Juan Manuel Fangio

Highest percentage of wins- 47.1% (24 wins from 51 race starts)

Highest percentage of Pole Positions- 55.7% (29 Poles from 52 race starts)

Highest Percentage of front-row starts- 94,1% (48 from 51 race starts)

Oldest World Champion- 46 years, 41 days

World Champion with most teams- 4 (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes, Maserati)

Fangio is referred to as one of the greatest sportsmen Argentina has produced. His nickname, El maestro, El mejor (The Master, the best one) pays testament to his impact and status in F1’s history. Michael Schumacher also regarded to be one of the greatest ever, sums up Fangio’s impeccable career perfectly

”What he did stands alone”.

Juan Manuel Fangio- El Maestro, el mejor.

Seasons

 

Juan Manuel Fangio Final Championship Results

19501951195319541955195619571958
2th1th2th1th1th1th1th14th

 

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 Seasons Summary

Year Team Engine GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Avg Pts Points
1958 Italy Maserati Maserati 2 0 0 0 0 1 130 1 3.50 7
1957 Italy Maserati Maserati 7 4 2 0 6 4 458 2 6.57 46
1956 Italy Ferrari Ferrari 10 3 2 0 5 6 458 4 3.30 33
1955 Germany Mercedes Mercedes 6 4 1 0 5 3 421 3 6.83 41
1954 Italy Maserati
Germany Mercedes
Maserati
Mercedes
8 6 0 1 7 5 520 3 7.14 57.14
1953 Italy Maserati Maserati 10 1 3 0 4 2 397 2 2.95 29.5
1951 Switzerland Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 8 3 2 0 5 4 425 5 4.63 37
1950 Switzerland Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 7 3 0 0 3 4 350 3 3.86 27

Races

 

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 GP Race Classifications

1th24 Times
2th10 Times
3th1 Time
4th6 Times
8th1 Time
9th1 Time
11th1 Time
DNF14 Times

 

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
58 1958 1958 French Grand Prix 34 Maserati Maserati 8 4 3
57 1958 1958 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 4 4
56 1957 1957 Italian Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 4 2 6
55 1957 1957 Pescara Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 2 6
54 1957 1957 German Grand Prix 1 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
53 1957 1957 British Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 4 DNF Engine 0
52 1957 1957 French Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 1 8
51 1957 1957 Monaco Grand Prix 32 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
50 1957 1957 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 2 1 8
49 1956 1956 Italian Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 7 2 3
48 1956 1956 Italian Grand Prix 22 Ferrari Ferrari 1 8 0
47 1956 1956 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
46 1956 1956 British Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 1 8
45 1956 1956 French Grand Prix 10 Ferrari Ferrari 1 4 4
44 1956 1956 Belgian Grand Prix 2 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Transmission 0
43 1956 1956 Monaco Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 9 2 4
42 1956 1956 Monaco Grand Prix 20 Ferrari Ferrari 1 4 0
41 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 30 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Fuel Pump 0
40 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 34 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 5
39 1955 1955 Italian Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
38 1955 1955 British Grand Prix 10 Mercedes Mercedes 2 2 6
37 1955 1955 Dutch Grand Prix 8 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
36 1955 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Mercedes Mercedes 2 1 9
35 1955 1955 Monaco Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 1 DNF Transmission 1
34 1955 1955 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 3 1 9
33 1954 1954 Spanish Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 2 3 4
32 1954 1954 Italian Grand Prix 16 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
31 1954 1954 Swiss Grand Prix 4 Mercedes Mercedes 2 1 9
30 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
29 1954 1954 British Grand Prix 1 Mercedes Mercedes 1 4 3.14
28 1954 1954 French Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
27 1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix 26 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
26 1954 1954 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 3 1 8
25 1953 1953 Italian Grand Prix 50 Maserati Maserati 2 1 9
24 1953 1953 Swiss Grand Prix 30 Maserati Maserati 0 DNF Engine 0
23 1953 1953 Swiss Grand Prix 32 Maserati Maserati 1 4 1.5
22 1953 1953 German Grand Prix 5 Maserati Maserati 2 2 6
21 1953 1953 British Grand Prix 23 Maserati Maserati 4 2 6
20 1953 1953 French Grand Prix 18 Maserati Maserati 4 2 7
19 1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix 6 Maserati Maserati 10 DNF Accident 0
18 1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix 4 Maserati Maserati 1 DNF Engine 0
17 1953 1953 Dutch Grand Prix 12 Maserati Maserati 2 DNF Axle 0
16 1953 1953 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 2 DNF Transmission 0
15 1951 1951 Spanish Grand Prix 22 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 1 9
14 1951 1951 Italian Grand Prix 38 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Engine 0
13 1951 1951 German Grand Prix 75 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 3 2 7
12 1951 1951 British Grand Prix 2 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 2 6
11 1951 1951 French Grand Prix 8 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 7 1 5
10 1951 1951 French Grand Prix 24 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 11 0
9 1951 1951 Belgian Grand Prix 2 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 9 1
8 1951 1951 Swiss Grand Prix 24 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
7 1950 1950 Italian Grand Prix 60 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 7 DNF Engine 0
6 1950 1950 Italian Grand Prix 18 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Gearbox 1
5 1950 1950 French Grand Prix 6 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
4 1950 1950 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 1 8
3 1950 1950 Swiss Grand Prix 14 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Engine 0
2 1950 1950 Monaco Grand Prix 34 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
1 1950 1950 British Grand Prix 1 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 3 DNF Oil Leak 0

Podiums

 

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
35 1957 1957 Italian Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 4 2 6
34 1957 1957 Pescara Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 2 6
33 1957 1957 German Grand Prix 1 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
32 1957 1957 French Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 1 8
31 1957 1957 Monaco Grand Prix 32 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
30 1957 1957 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 2 1 8
29 1956 1956 Italian Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 7 2 3
28 1956 1956 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
27 1956 1956 British Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 2 1 8
26 1956 1956 Monaco Grand Prix 26 Ferrari Ferrari 9 2 4
25 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 34 Ferrari Ferrari 3 1 5
24 1955 1955 Italian Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
23 1955 1955 British Grand Prix 10 Mercedes Mercedes 2 2 6
22 1955 1955 Dutch Grand Prix 8 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
21 1955 1955 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Mercedes Mercedes 2 1 9
20 1955 1955 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 3 1 9
19 1954 1954 Spanish Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 2 3 4
18 1954 1954 Italian Grand Prix 16 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
17 1954 1954 Swiss Grand Prix 4 Mercedes Mercedes 2 1 9
16 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
15 1954 1954 French Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
14 1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix 26 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
13 1954 1954 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 3 1 8
12 1953 1953 Italian Grand Prix 50 Maserati Maserati 2 1 9
11 1953 1953 German Grand Prix 5 Maserati Maserati 2 2 6
10 1953 1953 British Grand Prix 23 Maserati Maserati 4 2 6
9 1953 1953 French Grand Prix 18 Maserati Maserati 4 2 7
8 1951 1951 Spanish Grand Prix 22 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 1 9
7 1951 1951 German Grand Prix 75 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 3 2 7
6 1951 1951 British Grand Prix 2 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 2 6
5 1951 1951 French Grand Prix 8 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 7 1 5
4 1951 1951 Swiss Grand Prix 24 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
3 1950 1950 French Grand Prix 6 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
2 1950 1950 Belgian Grand Prix 10 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 2 1 8
1 1950 1950 Monaco Grand Prix 34 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9

Poles

 

Juan Manuel Fangio F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
29 1958 1958 Argentine Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 4 4
28 1957 1957 Pescara Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 2 6
27 1957 1957 German Grand Prix 1 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
26 1957 1957 French Grand Prix 2 Maserati Maserati 1 1 8
25 1957 1957 Monaco Grand Prix 32 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
24 1956 1956 Italian Grand Prix 22 Ferrari Ferrari 1 8 0
23 1956 1956 German Grand Prix 1 Ferrari Ferrari 1 1 9
22 1956 1956 French Grand Prix 10 Ferrari Ferrari 1 4 4
21 1956 1956 Belgian Grand Prix 2 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Transmission 0
20 1956 1956 Monaco Grand Prix 20 Ferrari Ferrari 1 4 0
19 1956 1956 Argentine Grand Prix 30 Ferrari Ferrari 1 DNF Fuel Pump 0
18 1955 1955 Italian Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
17 1955 1955 Dutch Grand Prix 8 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
16 1955 1955 Monaco Grand Prix 2 Mercedes Mercedes 1 DNF Transmission 1
15 1954 1954 Italian Grand Prix 16 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
14 1954 1954 German Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
13 1954 1954 British Grand Prix 1 Mercedes Mercedes 1 4 3.14
12 1954 1954 French Grand Prix 18 Mercedes Mercedes 1 1 8
11 1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix 26 Maserati Maserati 1 1 9
10 1953 1953 Swiss Grand Prix 32 Maserati Maserati 1 4 1.5
9 1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix 4 Maserati Maserati 1 DNF Engine 0
8 1951 1951 Italian Grand Prix 38 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Engine 0
7 1951 1951 French Grand Prix 24 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 11 0
6 1951 1951 Belgian Grand Prix 2 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 9 1
5 1951 1951 Swiss Grand Prix 24 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
4 1950 1950 Italian Grand Prix 18 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Gearbox 1
3 1950 1950 French Grand Prix 6 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9
2 1950 1950 Swiss Grand Prix 14 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 DNF Engine 0
1 1950 1950 Monaco Grand Prix 34 Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 1 1 9

Comparison

 

Juan Manuel Fangio Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1950Alfa RomeoConsalvo Sanesi13231000102011
Luigi Fagioli12273230403452
Nino Farina11273834423443
Piero Taruffi13131000100110
Reg Parnell1230400000110
1951Alfa RomeoConsalvo Sanesi1421320304141
Felice Bonetto1322710103140
Luigi Fagioli1110822201130
Nino Farina11372431506381
Paul Pietsch2167000001010
Toulo de Graffenried1518220203030
1953MaseratiChico Landi11010.5010102121
Felice Bonetto1331810206272
Hermann Lang451.5400101111
Johnny Claes12120000100110
José Froilán González231315.500105252
Luigi Musso179010001010
Onofre Marimón1329.5810205371
Óscar Alfredo Gálvez1150200000110
Prince Bira1119010001010
Sergio Mantovani179010001010
Toulo de Graffenried1429.51010205472
1954MaseratiCarlos Menditeguy1188010001010
Harry Schell168010001010
Jorge Daponte1158010001010
Luigi Musso1178010001010
Onofre Marimón11117020102020
Prince Bira1617020102020
Roberto Mieres11317020102020
Sergio Mantovani179010101010
Stirling Moss139410101010
Toulo de Graffenried188010001010
MercedesHans Herrmann1337840305050
Hermann Lang1128010101010
Karl Kling1240.141240406060
1955MercedesAndré Simon15171000101010
Hans Herrmann1410110102020
Karl Kling1349550206060
Piero Taruffi1214910102020
Stirling Moss11502351315261
1956FerrariAlfonso de Portago1232330306060
André Pilette960000100110
Eugenio Castellotti124994090112123
Giorgio Scarlatti11513010203030
Luigi Musso1121822405142
Olivier Gendebien159410202130
Paul Frère920600100110
Peter Collins115031527055100
Wolfgang von Trips2253000102020
1957MaseratiAndré Simon11115010102020
Bruce Halford11021010203030
Carlos Menditeguy1325430204040
Giorgio Scarlatti1530120304040
Hans Herrmann11618020202020
Harry Schell13611050509090
Horace Gould11038030406060
Ivor Bueb1380000000110
Jean Behra1237630305151
Jo Bonnier1720010104040
Luigi Piotti11029020204040
Masten Gregory13301020304040
Ottorino Volonterio2116000001010
Paco Godia1921010203030
Stirling Moss188110011001
1958MaseratiCarlos Menditeguy474000101010
Carroll Shelby4203000001010
Gerino Gerini493000001010
Harry Schell464000101010
Horace Gould494000101010
Jean Behra454200101010
Jo Bonnier483000001010
Paco Godia487000102020
Phil Hill473000001010
Troy Ruttman4103000001010


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