1951: Juan Manuel Fangio

24. Jun 2024 
by Ziv Knoll

Juan-Manuel Fangio, born 24 June 1911, driving an Alfa Romeo Alfetta 159, became the 1951 F1 Drivers World Champion. It was the first of his five crowns, the beginnings of his legend. He’s seen here-above at the 1951 Belgian Grand Prix held at Spa-Francorchamps, where he claimed pole position, but suffered some mechanical issues in the race.

This would eventually prove to be the only Grand Prix in Fangio’s entire Formula 1 career, barring retirements, that he finished outside the top four. Nevertheless, he scored a point for posting the fastest lap of the race, which meant that despite having finished in ninth place (only the top five finishers scored points), he kept his record of scoring points in every single race he finished.

Source: DR

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