1956, Juan Manuel Fangio won his fourth driver’s title thanks to a selfless act by his teammate Peter Collins. It was the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the final round of the season and the title was up for grabs between Moss, Fangio and Collins. However Fangio dropped out of the race with a broken steering arm half way through. When Luigi Musso refused to hand his car over to Fangio, Collins sportingly pitted with 15 laps to go and despite being on his way to being the first British Champion, handed his car over to Fangio who went to finish second and win his fourth title. Mike Hawthorn later became the first British Champion.
❝The Swedish driver Jo Bonnier once stayed with Juan Manuel Fangio at Fangio’s summer place at Mar del Plata, Argentina. ‘The popularity of the man is fantastic,’ reported Bonnier. ‘One night we went to a night club. As soon as Fangio came in, the show stopped and everybody in the place stood up and started applauding him. They applauded him all the way to his seat. It was fantastic. I can’t think of any other country where a driver is so much a hero that that would happen, can you?’❞