Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Juan Manuel Fangio Competes In Final Grand Prix - July 6, 1958

July 6, 1958
The great Argentine race car driver Juan Manuel Fangio, winner of five Formula One driver's world championships, competes in his last Grand Prix race, the French Grand Prix held outside Reims, France.

Such was the respect for Fangio, that during that final race, race leader Mike Hawthorn had lapped Fangio and as Hawthorn was about to cross the line, he braked and allowed Fangio through so he could complete the 50-lap distance in his final race. He would cross the line over two minutes down on Hawthorn. Fangio won 24 World Championship Grands Prix in 52 starts, a winning percentage of 46.15%, the best in the sport's history. Alberto Ascari, who is in second, holds a percentage of 40.63%.

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