Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1951 - Juan Manuel Fangio racing an Alfa Romeo 159 in the French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux in 1951
Juan Manuel Fangio (ARG) driving the Alfa Romeo 159 on which he and Luigi Fagioli won the 1951 French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux on July 1st, after sharing a car. It was the first of three occasions where two drivers would be credited with a Grand Prix win after sharing a car. Fangio also secured the fastest lap and pole position in qualifying.
The 1951 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Reims-Gueux on 1st July 1951. It was the fourth round of the 1951 World Drivers' Championship and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli driving their shared Alfa Romeo.
The race, which also carried the honorific title of European Grand Prix, saw the World Championship debuts of Aldo Gordini, André Simon and Onofre Marimón. Fagioli's victory, his first in a World Championship race, made him the oldest driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix, a record he still holds.
This race also holds the record for the longest Formula One Grand Prix in terms of total distance needed to cover. 77 laps of the 4.856 mile Reims-Gueux circuit totalled to 373 miles.
Juan Manuel Fangio Déramo 24 June 1911 – 17 July 1995, nicknamed El Chueco ("the bowlegged one", also commonly translated as "bandy legged") or El Maestro ("The Master"), was a racing car driver from Argentina. He dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers' Championship five times.