Six Things to Look Forward to in 2016

Dane Hansen takes a moment to reassure you – Formula One’s ultimate fans – that despite the long wait of more than 100 days before Melbourne, there is much to look forward to in 2016.

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Brazil’s First Renegade

Nelson Piquet’s childhood doesn’t reflect the cliched stories of any other champion before, or after him. He struggled to remain true to anything he was born into or achieved.  Spening much of his teen years in Miami, Florida he flourished in tennis. With modest features, squiggly teeth and an acquired sense of humor, Nelson never epitomized athleticism. He eclipsed his own talents and lost interest in the sport before turning professional. Playing on a hard court, back and fourth clearly didn’t excite the individual, and he traded cement for tarmac and a linear sport for circles.

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F1 Grand Prix Preview: Belgian Grand Prix

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The Belgian Grand Prix

2015 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

Round: 11

Date: 23 August 2015

Circuit: Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps

First Grand Prix: 1950

Type: Purpose Built, Free flowing with varying topography

Length: 7. 004km

Laps: 44

Lap Record: Sebastien Vettel, RBR, 2009 – 1:47. 263

Tyres: Soft (Yellow) Hard (White)

DRS: Two. Main traight. Kemmel Straight

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F1 Grand Prix Review: Hungarian Grand Prix

Qualifying 

The standard 2015 edition of qualifying followed in Hungary this weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the Silver Arrows duo in a one-two result. Only this time, Nico Rosberg was left behind in smoke after Lewis punched a credit in the time sheets worth half a second. At a loss for words, the German could not understand where Lewis had found such good time.

Typically following the Deutsche works team, Sebastian followed in third. Behind, the unusual candidate of Daniel Ricciardo followed in fourth. His already tired Renault engine was thankful for the shorter characteristics of the Hungaroring.

The next row was filled with Finns.  Kimi Raikkonen led his fellow countryman to fifth. Valterri Bottas shortly behind the champ is the favorite to swipe Kimi’s 2016 seat at Ferrari.

The usual suspects filled the rest of the top 10 with Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Massa, a Lotus car and finally a Toro Rosso car.

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FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2015

Round: 10

Date: 26 July 2015

Circuit Name: Hungaroring

First Grand Prix: 1986

Type: Permanent, purpose – built race track

Length: 4.381 km

Laps: 70

Lap Record: 1:19.071, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004.

Tyres: Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White)

DRS: Two (Pit Straight and between turns 2-3)

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“Because in a split second, it’s gone.” RIP, Jules Bianchi.

It is with a very heavy heart that I must report the passing of a phenomenal talent, and an even greater human being, Jules Bianchi. With hands that feel like lead, it’s difficult to remain composed while writing this. Where do you begin? How do words make a good compromise for feelings? How do you explain somebody’s life in black and white? This won’t be a piece filled with creative flare. This is a tribute to one of my favourite names in motorsport, Jules Bianchi. OTL 101B Read the rest of this entry

F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 23]

Week 23

July 6th – July 12th

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F1 Weekly Wrap [Week 22]

Week 22

29 June – 5 July

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F1 Grand Prix Review: British Grand Prix

F1 Grand Prix Review: British Grand Prix

Qualifying

The cards reshuffled… Well. Slightly. Lewis Hamilton took a slightly less than convincing pole position on Saturday. Though he scored his third straight pole in Britain, Lewis could only claim this one by a mere tenth of a second from Nico Rosberg.

Over half a second down the road and filling the second row were both Williams cars, creating an almost-fairy tale effort for the racing veterans. Shortly after them came both Ferrari’s, this time in a particular order with Raikkonen leading the red front.

Red Bull slotted in with Kvyat being the shining star for the Milton Keynes bunch. He lead junior team driver Carlos Sainz to seventh.

Nico Hulkenberg claimed ninth in his “B-Spec” car. Following him came the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

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F1 British Grand Prix Preview

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F1 Grand Prix Preview: British Grand Prix

FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2015

Round: 9

Date: Sun 05 July

Circuit Name: Silverstone

First Grand Prix: 1950

Type: Purpose built race track

Circuit Length: 5. 891km

Laps: 52

Lap Record: 1:33.401. Mark Webber, Red Bull (2013)

Tyre Allocation: Hard and Medium

DRS Zones: Two. Wellington and Hanger Straights respectively.

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F1 Weekly Wrap [Week 21]

Week 21

22 June – 28 June

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 20]

Week 20

8th – 14th June

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F1 Review: Austrian Grand Prix

Austrian Grand Prix Review

Lewis Hamilton regained his rhythm after a successful weekend in Montreal. His satisfying victory seemed to cement his ways of winning again, and his determination in Austria has to be at an all-time high. But he plays it strictly cool. Nico has needed to find that “extra bit” to put the pressure on his double-champ teammate, and hasn’t quite yet made the mark he (and many others) would like him to.

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Formula 1 Grand Prix Preview: Austria


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F1 Grand Prix Preview: Austria

FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON ÖSTERREICH 2015

Round 8

Date: 21st June 2015

Circuit Name: Red Bull Ring

First Grand Prix: 1970

Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Undulating and scenic.

Circuit Length: 4. 326 km

Laps: 71

Lap Record: 1:08.337, Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003 (2003)

Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow) and Super Soft (Red)

DRS Zones: Two (Pit straight and the back straight of sector two)

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 19]

Week 19

8th – 14th June

Porsche Team: Nico Huelkenberg

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Formula One weekly Wrap Up [Week 18]

Week 18

1st – 7th June

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Formula 1, Canadian Grand Prix preview

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Canadian Grand Prix Preview: Round 7

FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2015

Round 7

Date: 7th June 2015

Circuit name: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

First Grand Prix: 1978

Type: Purpose-built permeant race trace. Medium and fast corners. Hard on brakes and tyres.

Circuit Length: 4.361 km

Laps: 70

Lap Record: 1:13.622 Rubens Barrichello (2002)

Tyre Allocation:  Soft (Yellow) and Supersoft (Red)

DRS Zones: Two – Main straight and final straight.

2014

Pole Sitter: Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:14.874

Winner: Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Renault

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, Williams Mercedes, 1:18.504 on lap 58

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 17]

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Monaco F1 Grand Prix Round Up

Monaco Grand Prix Review

A dazzling day in Monaco, the harbour’s water was glistening with the reflections of rich party goers on yachts, here to enjoy a weekend of watching motorsport at its pinnacle. The grandstands were full, the pits were busy. Although the scene is totally different and unique, it is business as usual for all personal involved. All eyes were on the Mercedes duo. Was Hamilton going to be able to elbow out his friend and nemesis, Nico Rosberg?

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 16]

F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 16]

18th May – 24th May

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F1 Grand Prix PREVIEW ROYALE: Monaco, Round 6

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2015 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO

ROUND 6

  • Date: 24th May 2015
  • Circuit Name: Circuit de Monaco
  • First Grand Prix: 1950 (1929) †

† The race itself is older than Formula One

  • Circuit Type: Temporary, street race. Slowest on the calendar. Tough on tyres and tough on brakes. High downforce is required with lower tyre pressures.
  • Circuit Length: 3.337km
  • Laps: 78
  • Lap Record: None: The Swimming Pool Chicane has changed its trajectory, thus changing the layout slightly.
  • Tyre Allocation: Super-Soft (Red rims) and Soft (Yellow Rims)
  • DRS Zones: One along the main straight with one activation point.

2014

Pole: N. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:15.989

Winner: N. Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:49:27.661

Fastest Lap: K. Räikkönen, Ferrari, 1:18.479

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 15]

Week 15

10th May-17th

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F1 Grand Prix Review: Spain, Round 5

Qualifying

Weather was stable in Barcelona on Saturday, and the usual results followed. The Mercedes duo topped the timesheets to put in a one-two, filling out the first row of the grid, this time with Nico Rosberg in front of his double World Champion teammate. The German who was yet to win a race in 2015 confessed that Bahrain was still on his mind and he was keen to make a mends to his ill performance.

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F1 Weekly wrap Up [Week 14]

Week 14

4 May-10 May

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F1 Grand Prix Preview: Spain

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2015 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI 2015

ROUND 5

Date: 10th May

Circuit name: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

First Grand Prix: 1991

Type: Permanent purpose-built race track. Variety of fast, medium and slow corners.

Circuit length: 4.655km

Laps: 66

Lap Record: 1: 21: 670 (Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F2008; 2008)

Tyre Allocation: Medium (white rimmed) and hard (dusty orange rimmed)

DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns Nine and 10).

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 13]

Week 13

27th April – 3rd May

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 12]

Week 12

20th April-26th

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F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4

F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4

Qualifying

As the dessert sun sunk lazily behind the dusty horizon, the F1 paddock came to life. As the first engines revved up, we were on the brink of qualifying in the Middle East. Ferrari was the big talking point this weekend where Vettel aimed to get his first pole position for the red team, which would have been the Scuderia’s first in 52 races. Slightly further down the grid, Latin Pastor Maldonado was keen to get his Lotus upfront. Strangely, out of his 80 races thus far in his Formula One career, he has only finished in the points on eight occasions.

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 11]

Week 11

13th April – 19th

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F1 Grand Prix Preview Bahrain, Round 4

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2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

ROUND 4

Date: 19 April 2015

Circuit name; Sakhir Bahrain International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 2004

Type: Permanent, purpose-built racetrack dominated by a multitude of straights and a balance between fast medium and slow corner. Medium downforce required.

Circuit length: 5.412 km

Laps: 57

Lap Record: 1:31.447 – Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren)

Tyre Allocation: Medium (White rimmed) and Soft (Yellow rimmed)

DRS Zones: Two, with two separate activation points. DRS zones ar: Main straight; The straight in sector 2.

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F1 Weekly Wrap Up [Week 10]

Week 10

6th – 7th April

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Grand Prix Review: Shanghai, Round 3

Qualifying

Mercedes finished in their typical one-two fashion as Rosberg was just a shade off from Hamilton at 0.04s. The usual second row was fought out by the Ferrari’s and Williams cars. Kimi Raikkonen is “frustrated” by his bad habits in qualifying after he failed to set a quick lap, thus slotting himself eighth on the grid.  As for the rest of the drivers, they filled their expected positions. McLaren once again lined up at the back of the grid with no real change in fast lap pace. Roughly one second behind them came the Manor duo.

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Grand Prix Preview: The Chinese Grand Prix

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THE 2015 FORMULA 1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

ROUND 3

Date: 12 April 2015

Name of Circuit: Shanghai International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 2004

Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Notably long straight. Combination of sharp but quick turns with some slower corners. Medium downforce required.

Circuit Length: 5.451 km

Race Distance: 305.066 km

Laps: 56

Lap Record: 1:32.239 – Michael Schumacher (2004) / Ferrari F2004

Tyre Allocation: Soft (Yellow Wall) and Hard (White Wall)

DRS Zones: 2. One on the long back straight, the other on the pit straight. Each has their own detection point.

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Grand Prix Review: Sepang, Round 2

Qualifying

 A spectacular lights show was looming over the horizon on Saturday, slowly eclipsing the much needed light with a white wall of torrential rain, steadily approaching Sepang. A dark curtain of cloud hung over the track and kept the paddock guessing when the heavens were going to open up.

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 8]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

23- 29 March

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Grand Prix in Preview: The Malaysian Grand Prix

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THE 2015 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

ROUND 2

Date: 29 March 2015

Name of Circuit: Sepang International Circuit

First Grand Prix: 1999

Type: Permanent, purpose built race track. Generally a free flowing, well-chambered layout.

Circuit Length: 5.543 km

Race Distance: 310.408 km

Laps: 56

Lap Record: 1:34.223 – Juan Pablo Montoya (2004) / Williams BMW

Tyre Allocation: Hard (orange rimmed tyre walls) and Medium (white rimmed tyre walls).

DRS Zones: Two, with two separate detection points (Pit straight & between Turn 14 and 15)

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 7]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

16th 22nd March

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A Grand Prix in Review: Albert Park, Round 1

The season opener was cast in black and white. A race filled with strangeness, triumph, comeback, disappointment and loss, this years Australian Grand Prix was filled with conflicting emotions. 

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 6]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here… March 9th – 15th   1gp3 Read the rest of this entry

A Grand Prix in Preview: The Australian Grand Prix

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THE ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

ROUND 1

Date: 15 March 2015

Name of circuit: Albert Park

First Grand Prix: 1996

Type: Temporary, street circuit. Moderately quick with slower complexes.

Circuit Length: 5.303 km

Laps: 58

Lap Record: 1:24.125 – M Schumacher (2004) / Ferrari F2004

Tyre allocation: Medium (white rimmed tyre wall) and Soft (yellow rimmed tyre wall)

DRS Zones: Two, with one activation point.

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 5]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

“My name is Fernando, I drive Go Karts and I want to be a Formula One driver.”

March 2nd – March 8th

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 4]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Formula 1 Issue giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

23rd – 28th February

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The Magic 8 Spectacle

[Part 1/8]

A lot of unseen effort goes into Formula One. Multi-million dollar deals, driver contracts and immense scrutinizing to keep the protagonists on the grid in check. F1 is a peculiar business. Drivers are employees and their sole objective is to win, whilst their employers are tasked with developing competitive cars and maintain solid sponsorships to fund their endeavours. All at the same time, hundreds of personnel are “back at the factory” working day and night through the year, be it in the sweltering heat of summer or the cold recesses of winter. Here are eight spectacles that run through the heart and veins of Formula One.

Formula One is a scene of an organised chaos. Filled with roughly 2000 people, during a season teams travel across the globe from corner to corner. Once only 8 races filled the F1 calendar, but now there are around twenty each year, beginning in March and ending in November, spanning a massive distance of 160 000km across the rondures of the Earth. But even after the rush of a year traveling around the world chasing a trophy, it is only the racing that stops. Then it is a battle against time for engineers, mechanics and aerodynamicists just to name a few, fill the factory to continue developing a car that has already been conceptualised around July/August of that same year.

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 3]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Sport Space giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

Further developments in F1 as it begins and ends the second test at Barcelona.

15 February – 21 Feb

Bernie Ecclestone

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week2]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Sport Space giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened here…

 Even when there is no racing there is always news there are still constant whispers and rumors we have heard. This week has been full of ups and downs…Here are some of them.

February 8th – 14th

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Weekly Wrap Up [Week 1]

F1 pundit Dane Hansen, writes for The Sport Space giving you weekly breakdowns of exclusive, need to know facts about the exciting and dynamic world that is Formula One. Find out what happened in the first week at testing in Jerez.

Formula One fans can now stop holding their breathes. On the 1st of February 2015, the silence in Europe was broken by the ever growing louder 1.6l turbo engines. Why are they getting louder? Nobody actually knows. But what we do know, is that there is much much more to look forward to this year. Fans, engineers and drivers were able to get their first taste of F1 in 2015 at the first test in Jerez. Speaking of Hispanic tracks, the sport will also make its first return to Mexico since Nigel Mansell won there in 1992 – just one of many exciting prospects for the coming season.

February 1st – 6th

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Cotton Couches to Carbon Race Seats

Historically, an entry into the world of proffesional motorsport has come with immense sacrifice and expence. What if there was a new alternative to aspiring drivers? Well, now there is.

Driving fast cars for a living is a dream that is kept by many a fan and young child. Funding a career going into Motorsport can be an arduous and difficult task. In Formula Ones’ premature years, drivers found their way into racing cars through working as a mechanic at a successful garage, or perhaps owning a road car dealership. This type of entry into the sport was quite normal and accepted. In fact, it spawned triple world champion, Jackie Stewart. The flying Scot began his early days as an apprentice mechanic with the family business in his father’s motor repair shop. Barry Filer, a trusted customer of Stewart’s garage offered Jackie a number of opportunities to test his cars at English race track, Oulton Park. This sowed the seeds of Stewart’s racing career. It was only in the twilight of the seventies when a new crop of drivers, the most famous driver being young Ayrton Senna, took to karting – a new alternative for Grand Prix training. The Brazilian worked his way through each tier of racing before hitting the big league of Formula One. Beginning in karts was a fresh and respectable style of entry. Thereafter he graduated to more prestigious Formulae and then finally, F1.

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The Man Who Became The Maestro

The 50’s. The Wild West of Grand Prix racing and a time when it all seemed so primitive. Men raced rugged machines around undulating tracks, and danger vibrated through the minds of many. Juan Manuel Fangio’s tale is diverse and obscure. From his regular visits to the podium to a bizarre kidnapping. We take a quick look into the spellbinding life of the man who became The Maestro.

On the 17th of July 1911, one of the most compelling and accomplished Formula One drivers was born. The start to his life was not made easy and his journey into Formula One was a rigorous path to travel. Juan Manuel Fangio spent his adolescence in San José de Balcarce, a dusty rural city in the Buenos Aires Province. Like many children in Argentina, he went to school and played football with a keen passion. It was on the football pitch where Juan adopted his first nickname, El Chueco – “The bandy legged one”. This was thanks to his avid skill in bending his left leg completely around the ball to score.

Juan Manuel dropped out of school at the very early age of 13, and worked as an assistant mechanic as he had done so for the previous two years. He spent nearly 40 years working as a mechanic, often preparing his own very basic motorcars for events. He entered them into strenuous, long distance Argentine races, often spanning over an obscene length of 400 km. Years later, Fangio’s mechanical skillset in the European world of racing would prove to become invaluable.

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