On This Day In F1 - Fangio Dominates The Last F1 Race In Switzerland

On This Day In F1 - Fangio Dominates The Last F1 Race In Switzerland

A look back at what happened on 22 August in Formula 1 history

1954 Swiss GP
Juan Manuel Fangio strolled to his second world championship with ease, lapping everybody except second-placed Jose Froilan Gonzalez on his way victory for Mercedes in the Swiss GP at Bremgarten. Teammate Hans Hermann finished third, the only podium of his F1 career, whilst Maurice Trintignant retired at half-distance with engine failure. Why is that relevant? Why not.

Birthdays
Jody Scheckter’s older brother Ian (born 1947) also dabbled in F1, although with nowhere near the success of his world champion sibling.

Ian drove in the odd race in the mid-1970s (usually his home race in South Africa) before finally getting pretty much a full season with March in 1977. He didn’t score any points but to be fair, neither did any of his teammates, and he was at least able to qualify the car more often than not - again, something you couldn’t say of his teammates.