Following his body being exhumed in August following a court order, Juan Manuel Fangio has been found to have been the father of Oscar Espinoza following a legally mandated DNA test.
The legendary five-time World Champion was exhumed to determine whether he fathered two children, with Espinoza and Ruben Vazquez making paternity claims leading to the decision by the courts to perform the DNA test on his body.
Following the test, Judge Rodrigo Cataldo of Mar der Plata in Fangio’s home country of Argentina, revealed that Espinoza was indeed the legendary driver’s biological son.
Fangio never married during his life, nor had any recognised children, but did have a lengthy relationship with Andrea Berruet, the mother of Espinoza.
The decision about Vazquez is set to be revealed in the upcoming days.
Fangio died in 1995, and won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957 before retiring in 1958.