|Luigi Chinetti upon receiving the official race plate license.|
1954As was the case at the time, the big guns were supplemented by local talent for the wet British Grand Prix but it was the Italians who dominated, taking five of the first six places. The Maserati team were late arriving and so started from the back of the grid, but gradually their drivers worked their way through the field - Onofre Marimon overtaking 19 cars on the first lap alone. Fangio took an early lead before transmission problems saw him overtaken by Froilan Gonzalez, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn. Gonzalez held on to win but Moss suffered rear axle failure, so Hawthorn finished second with Marimon third and Fangio fourth.
|Stirling Moss congratulates Juan Manuel Fangio on winning the championship.|
"Decades after their prime, the immortals can still change the mood of a room simply by their presence: Bradman, Pele, Ali. In motor racing it was Juan Manuel Fangio," said the Guardian. "More than 30 years after he last acknowledged a chequered flag, fans who had never seen him in action would jostle to glimpse the unprepossessing little Argentine who, by most available yardsticks, had been the greatest racing driver of all time."
A sign of how respected he was came when Ayrton Senna scored his first home victory in Brazil in 1991 and invited Fangio to join him on the victory rostrum.
[Information By - ESPNF1.com]
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