• Argentine Grand Prix 1957

Fangio again the master on home soil

Martin Williamson January 13, 1957
Juan Manuel Fangio: fourth successive win in front of his home crowd © Getty Images
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By the start of the season Juan Manuel Fangio had turned down offers to stay at Ferrari and moved back to Maserati - "Fangio did not remain loyal to any marque," noted Enzo Ferrari - but the outcome of the Argentine Grand Prix at the "Fangiodrome" was no different to previous years as he drove his updated 250F to victory.

Mike Hawthorn replaced Fangio at Ferrari alongside Peter Collins, while Stirling Moss switched to the British Vanwall team with the up-and-coming Tony Brooks. Moss, however, remained with Maserati in Buenos Aires as Vanwall were not ready although it proved fairly fruitless as his throttle linkage broke just after the start and he lost nine laps in the pits having it fixed. The Ferraris all seemed to have clutch problems and so Fangio and Jean Behra led for most of the race..

That is the way it stayed, with Fangio winning his home grand prix for the fourth time in succession. A fortnight later his mastery was underlined when he won the Grand Prix of Buenos Aires.

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Martin Williamson is managing editor of digital media ESPN EMEA Martin Williamson, who grew up in the era of James Hunt, Niki Lauda and sideburns, became managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group in 2007 after spells with Sky Sports, Sportal and Cricinfo