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It is 68 years since Juan Manuel Fangio won in Mexico

From November 5 to 7, the country of Mexico will be celebrating when it receives the World Cup. Formula 1 where will the Grand Prix of Mexico In t


From November 5 to 7, the country of Mexico will be celebrating when it receives the World Cup. Formula 1 where will the In the Hermanos Rodríguez Auditorium, however, not only F1 is the only race that takes place in the Aztec country, because La Carrera Panamericana is also recognized worldwide.

November has always been linked to motorsport in Mexico. Not only was it the month in which the first Formula 1 Grand Prix was held in the 1960s, but La Carrera Panamericana took place.

Juan Manuel Fangio, who had been crowned F1 world champion in 1951 and finished the 1953 season as runner-up, traveled to Mexico for the IV edition of La Panamericana, a competition that was part of the World Championship of Brands.

Balcarce’s was part of the Maserati team, a manufacturer that did not take part in the competition, so he processed a special permit to compete with the Lancia team, alongside Felice Bonetto, Piero Taruffi, Eugenio Castellotti and Giovani Bracco, who were favorites. , against the also powerful Ferrari team.

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The race started on November 19, in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, and ended on November 23, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, with a total of 3,077 kilometers divided into eight stages that 185 pilots fought in four categories.

Juan Manuel, famous for being a great strategist, took advantage of the mountain to stay in the leading group in the first kilometers, but in Puebla he suffered an accident when one of his wheels lost grip after stepping on its own oil and hit a stone. At low speed, he arrived in Mexico City to carry out the repairs.

“El Chueco” lost valuable five minutes, but took advantage of the fact that the regulations allowed composure and the professional Lancia team gave him a perfect car, which allowed him to face the fourth stage, heading to León, in an extremely fast and competitive car.

Statement from the Mexican GP on the prize for the winner of the ‘Pole’.

It was then that the world champion of Formula 1 He provided a great teaching, as he never took too many risks and closed the stage in the general leadership of the Sport Cars class of more than 1600cc. That night Fangio confirmed that La Panamericana would be won with strategy and good rhythm, but letting other riders go for the partial victories, those on the stage.

Upon reaching the sixth stage (Durango to Parral) only three Lancia cars remained in competition and Fangio informed the team director that it was best not to fight each other. The strategy was perfect and they reached Ciudad Juárez in a historic 1-2-3 for Lancia, with Juan Manuel in front, followed by Taruffi and Castellotti.

Fangio’s brain gave Lancia the highest victory of the race in an unprecedented event, as the Argentine did not win a single stage; Despite this, he took more than an hour out of the first Ferrari, Sergio Mancini, who closed in fourth place.

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In the celebrations of the 68th anniversary of that legendary triumph and the 70th of the first World Championship of Formula 1 del de Balcarce, the Fangio Foundation and the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix will award an unparalleled award to the winner of the pole position of race 18 this season.

It is a replica helmet of the one used by Fangio in that first title. It will be the award for the fastest driver in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix, which will be held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, from November 5 to 7.

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