Report: Body of Juan Manuel Fangio to be exhumed for DNA test

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The body of five-time Formula 1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio is set to be exhumed to allow a DNA test to take place, according to a report in Argentina.

Fangio was the iconic figure of motor racing in the 1950s, winning championships in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957 before retiring the following year.

The Argentinian died in 1995 at the age of 84 in his native Buenos Aires, almost 20 years ago.

According to a report from Diario La Vanguardia in Argentina, a judge has ordered that Fangio’s body be exhumed to allow a DNA test to take place to see whether Oscar Espinosa is the son of the five-time champion.

Espinosa, named in the report as Oscar Espinosa Fangio, claims that Fangio is in fact his father despite the Argentinian not having never married nor having any recognized children.

Here is a rather interesting excerpt from the biography of Fangio written by Gerald Donaldson, called “Fangio: The Life Behind The Legend”:

Beba [Espinosa’s mother] had first come into Juan’s life when she was living in Balcarce with her husband, a potato grower, from whom she divorced soon after meeting Juan.

Shortly after this, on 6 April 1938, Beba gave birth to a son whom she named Oscar Espinosa.

Though the identity of Oscar’s father remained in doubt – even Juan’s family never knew for sure – it was noted that he had Juan’s eyes, face and bowed legs.

With a DNA test finally set to take place, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the life of the F1 legend may finally be solved.