F1 Legend

Juan Manuel Fangio

Argentine

  • Balcarce, Argentina Place of Birth
  • 24 June 1911 Date of Birth
  • 1950 British Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Maserati Current/Last Team

Juan Manuel Fangio, born on June 24, 1911, in Balcarce, Argentina, and died on July 17, 1995, was a legendary F1 driver. Known affectionately by nicknames such as “El Chueco” (the bowlegged one) and “El Maestro” (The Master or The Teacher), Fangio was a titan of Formula 1, defining the sport’s earliest seasons.

NationalityArgentine
Born24 June 1911
Balcarce, Argentina
Died17 July 1995 (aged 84)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fangio clinched the World Drivers’ Championship five times during his F1 career, an achievement that remained unbeaten for nearly five decades, and at a time when the sport was at its most dangerous.

Fangio’s journey into motor racing began from humble origins, with a youthful dislike for anything academic, he preferred a more practical vocation in auto mechanics. His passion for cars soon propelled him onto the racing scene, where he made his debut in the 1938 Turismo Carretera series, a popular stock car racing series in Argentina, driving a Ford V8. By 1940, now with Chevrolet, he won the championship, in 1940 and the following 1941 season.

In the late 1940s, Fangio expanded his racing career to the European circuits of the time, where he laid the groundwork for his Formula 1 debut.

His entry in the first Formula 1 season of 1950 marked the beginning of an illustrious career that saw him win championships with four different teams: Alfa Romeo in 1951, Maserati in 1954 and 1957, Mercedes-Benz in 1954 and 1955, and Ferrari in 1956. In addition to five drivers’ titles, Fangio left the sport with a staggering winning percentage of 46.15%, 24 victories out of 52 races, and the highest pole position percentage, 55.77%.

Fangio’s legacy remains to this day, he is the only Argentine to win the Argentine Grand Prix—a feat he accomplished four times—and the only Argentine to clinch the World Drivers’ Championship.

Following his retirement from racing, Fangio became the honorary president of Mercedes-Benz Argentina, a role he fulfilled from 1987 until his death in 1995. His contributions to motorsport were celebrated globally, particularly during the centenary of his birth in 2011, through numerous tributes and events honouring his impact on Formula 1 and other motor racing series.

Juan Manuel Fangio Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career19501951, 1953-1958
TeamsAlfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes, Ferrari
Entries52 (51 starts)
Championships5 (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957)
Wins24
Podiums35
Career points245
Pole positions29
Fastest laps23
First entry1950 British Grand Prix
First win1950 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win1957 German Grand Prix
Last entry1958 French Grand Prix

Teammates

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
Italian Ferrari 1950 British Grand Prix F1 Legend

Teams

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Alfa Romeo Italian 1950 Historic
Maserati Italian 1950 Historic
Mercedes German 1954 Current
Ferrari Italian 1950 Current