The first time motor racing saw a Formula 1 world championship was in 1950, the year in which Juan Manuel Fangio He was called to drive the Alfa Romeo single-seater with the good background of his two conquests in Turismo Carretera (1940-1941). In that initial edition, there were only seven races, one in the Indianapolis 500 where the Americans were the only ones who could compete.
That experience left a bitter taste in the former Argentine driver, who after three retirements was second, just three points behind Giuseppe Farina, who was the first champion of the competition. But Juan Manuel Fangio he was going to have revenge the following year, in which he had three wins (Switzerland, France and Spain) and two podiums (Great Britain and Germany) to be the first Latin American to win the world title.
Fangio won 24 Grand Prix and stood on the podium 35 times
The accident in Switzerland put his career on hold in 1952, already with Maserati, and many took it for granted that he would not return. However, he finished second in 1953 behind Alberto Ascari and began to show signs that he was going to go all out in the next four editions. So it was, “El Maestro” won twice with Mercedes, then called Daimler Benz, he did it again in 1956 with Ferrari and ended his streak in 1957 with Maserati.
It should be noted that in those four years, the number of races had gone to eight, except for the nine in 1954, with the inclusion of the Argentine Grand Prix that had the Balcarce-born as the winner in those seasons. For 1958, the legend of national motorsports toured three different teams, including one with the same name, but he barely participated in two races, with fourth place in Buenos Aires and Reims. That was his last year in F1, in which he finished 14th with seven points before announcing his retirement.
The five-time champion died in 1995 after suffering from bronchopneumonia
the record man
For many years, various drivers tried to surpass the five-world championship mark, but the challenge seemed impossible until the new millennium. The Australian Jack Brabham was the first to come close with three coronations, the last in 1966, while the Frenchman Alain Prost reached four in 1993 and got one, although another legend was the one who had the honor of equaling the mark.
In 2002, Michael Schumacher continued his brilliant streak with Ferrari and reached Juan Manuel Fangio as the top Formula 1 champions, only to pass it a year later and reach seven world titles in 2004. Lewis Hamilton followed in the footsteps of the German and in 2018 equaled the mark of the Argentine, while in 2020 he reached seven of “ Schumi” to stand at the top of motorsport.