Fangio's racing years were largely stolen by the war. When he drove his first F1 race, he was already 38 years of age, yet he went on to win 24 of 52 F1 races, five driver titles with four teams (Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati), and still easily retains the highest winning percentage in F1 history - 46%
Fangio at the wheel of this car
The W196R was pure innovation.
The W196R in streamlined fully-enclosed form as it first ran at Reims in the 1954 French Grand Prix
Mercedes-Benz rolled the new cars into the paddock at Reims in enclosed trucks. That's Hans Herrmann posing next to the new Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula 1 racing car with its streamlined body.
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