The body of five-time Formula 1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio will be exhumed this week, following the orders of a judge in Argentina for a paternity test.
On July 10, a court in Mar del Plata – the city in Argentina nearest to Balcarce, where Fangio was born – ruled to exhume the body of the motorsport legend in order to determinate if he was the father of a man named Oscar Cesar Espinoza.
However, the exhumation was suspended a few days later by a different court located in La Plata, capital city of Buenos Aires province. This was because another case of filiation, started before Espinoza’s, was being heard from Ruben Vazquez, who also claims to be Fangio’s son.
But Rodrigo Cataldo, the judge in charge of Court #5 of Mar del Plata that has Espinoza’s lawsuit, confirmed on Tuesday that it will continue with the exhumation as was planned in its original date of August 7.
Fangio never married or had recognized children in his lifetime, although he had a long relationship with a woman, Andrea Berruet, Espinoza’s mother.
Fangio began racing in the 1930s, in a Model A Ford taxi. Famed for his tactical genius, as well as prolific speed when required, he won his titles with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari along with 24 Grand Prix victories.
The confirmation comes on the 58th anniversary of Fangio’s victory at the Nürburgring in 1957, the day in which the Argentinean driver became a five-time Formula 1 world champion.