Juan Manuel Fangio exhumed in paternity row “Details”

Juan Manuel Fangio exhumed in paternity row - Details

Formula One great Juan Manuel Fangio’s body was exhumed on Friday to try to resolve paternity cases brought by two men claiming to be the five-times world champion’s son.

Juan Manuel Fangio, who won the F1 World Championship five times in the 1950s, never married and did not admit to having any children.

However, his biographers have claimed he had a relationship with a woman called Andrea Berruet for two decades.

Ms Berruet’s son, Oscar Espinosa, a former Formula 3 driver known by colleagues as “Cancho” Fangio, is one of the men who has filed a paternity lawsuit.

The other man claiming to be Fangio’s son is Ruben Vazquez.

Mr Vazquez has claimed he is not interested in inheriting any of his alleged father’s fortune, adding: “I just want to be recognised for the Fangio surname.”

Juan Manuel Fangio left a large part of his estate to the Juan Manuel Fangio Museum in Buenos Aires, which houses a collection of cars, trophies, photographs and other memorabilia.

Many people consider Fangio to be the greatest racing driver of all time and his record of five World Championships stood for 45 years until German Michael Schumacher won his sixth title in 2003.

Schumacher, now 46, had huge respect for Fangio and paid tribute to him after he died.

In an interview just before what would have been the late legend’s 100th birthday, Schumacher, who met his hero in 1992, said: “The drivers in Fangio’s time were all very courageous; it makes you realise how fortunate we are today with the build of our cars and the high safety standards.”

Fangio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 24 1911 and died in the same city on July 17 1995, aged 84.

He won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship with four different teams – Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Mercedes and Ferrari – a feat no other driver has achieved.

His nephew Juan Manuel Fangio II, now aged 58, was also a successful racing driver.