Originally posted by gwen
After seeing how the 1956 WDC was won I have lost a lot of respect for Fangio. I now have to rate him good instead of great...
Gwen, I already explained about Argentina in 1955, or did you miss that post? What about the many other races where he was up against two drivers while he was the only one in his car... I'm sure Peter or Tim could find at least half a dozen of those, including races like the British GP of 1957 which Moss only won after taking over Brooks' car.
What you cannot take away, Gwen, is his achievements. Real achievements that no others of his era came near to emulating.
Like finishing the Mille Miglia with one front wheel tracking straight ahead... or more or less so, as much as the wire would hold it there.
Like winning those trans-Andes races in piles of junk before he was discovered by the likes of Wimille.
Like taking on and beating Europe's best when he was given a good car.
Like providing the best Maserati challenge to the Ferrari dominance of 1952/3, despite losing all that time with a broken neck.
Like trouncing everyone at the Nurburgring, pulling back all the time lost in that sloppy pit stop and going past the Ferrari lads as if they were in another race. And that but 10 months before his retirement, too, aged 47!
Like arriving at the top of the hill at Sandown Park on the absolute limit of braking and looking like it was a Sunday drive... aged 72! The tyres chirping gently as he slowed the car so close to lockup that it was incredible, yet he did this lap after lap and virtually nobody knew.
Like hauling the ill-handling and difficult to drive streamliner into a place at Silverstone before they woke up and built open-wheelers.
Like lapping the Nurburgring faster than anyone else in the team when Mercedes put on a test day with all their drivers and a range of different cars.
Like being able, according to Moss, to always be able to beat your time in an equal car.
Gwen, I'm very much afraid you haven't really thought this through. Remember, when he took over those cars in Italy, they were both behind him at the time!
Please, as many others as can think of them, add more of Fangio's magic moments...