Formula E stars pay tribute to Fangio

Formula E stars Bruno Senna and Jerome D’Ambrosio visited the city of Balcarce – the birthplace of legendary driver Juan Manuel Fangio – ahead of this weekend’s Buenos Aires ePrix.

Senna and D’Ambrosio, who visited the El Casco ranch that was once Fangio’s summer residence and is now a hotel and spa, drove four of his classic racing cars around the Autodromo Juan Manuel Fangio circuit that he designed, before having a guided tour of the museum where they met the local media and fans.

Senna said: “It was a fantastic day, I had a great time learning about the man and what he represented to the people – that little town pretty much revolves around the Fangio history and legacy and the places that they’ve built and are trying to make work there are fantastic.

“The museum was very special. It’s very hard to find a motor racing museum with as much history and as much content as that museum has and that’s a museum almost dedicated to just one person. There was also a bit of Brazilian history there, there was one of Ayrton’s cars and some of his relationship that he had with Fangio, and some of his priceless F1 machines and the cars that he won championships with.”

D’Ambrosio said: “It was something very special. You touched the start of an era there with the beginnings of Formula 1, and we are also at the start of something different, a new era of motor racing – electric racing. So it’s a nice contrast and a nice comparison point between the two.

“We are now standing where they were at that time. So it was very inspiring, but now Saturday is going to be something else for us and hopefully we’ll enjoy that day as well and get some good points.”

The Buenos Aires ePrix takes place around the streets of Puerto Madero on Saturday, February 6.