Report: Fangio’s body exhumed for paternity tests

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The body of five-time Formula 1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio was exhumed on Friday to allow paternity tests to take place following claims by two men.

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, 20 years ago.

Last month, it was reported that a judge in Argentina had ordered for Fangio’s body to be exhumed to allow a paternity test to take place.

This followed a long-running case involving a man named Oscar Espinosa, who claims that he is the son of Fangio. A similar claim has also been put forward by Ruben Vazquez, who like Espinosa is seeking to use the Fangio name.

According to a new report from Reuters, Fangio’s body was finally exhumed on Friday in Balcarce in the presence of officials from the foundation that bears his name. The results of the paternity tests will follow in due course.

“The paternity request was started a long time ago and I’ve had to overcome a lot of blockages and obstacles,” Vazquez is quoted as saying in the same report.

“There are no economic interests in my request. I just want to be recognised for the Fangio surname.

“I have no contact with the Fangio family and of course I’d like to know them.”