He dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the World Drivers’ Championship five times – a record which stood for 46 years until beaten by Michael Schumacher and later by Lewis Hamilton. Fangio is the only Argentine driver to have won the Argentine Grand Prix, which he won four times in his career, more than any other driver.
The Argentine racing car driver died in Buenos Aires in 1995, at the age of 84 from kidney failure and pneumonia. He was buried in his home town of Balcarce. The statue sculpted by Joaquim Ros Sabaté is a tribute to the Argentine motor racing driver. There are six such statues around the world, all identical.