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F1 Ace Fangio's Body Exhumed In Paternity Row

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The body of former Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio has been exhumed in a paternity row.

Two men are separately claiming to be the son of the man said by many to be the greatest F1 driver ever.

In an attempt to determine the veracity of their claims, the racing driver's body has been removed from its tomb for DNA samples to be taken.

Fangio died aged 84, having never married and is widely believed to have been childless.

However, former racing driver Oscar Espinosa – who was known as "Cacho" Fangio – and Ruben Vazquez have both claimed the five-time F1 world champion was their father.

A judge ordered Fangio's body to be exhumed from the Balcarce cemetery in Argentina on Friday.

Mr Vazquez, 73, has claimed he is not after the money but the name.

He said: "The paternity request was started a long time ago and I’ve had to overcome a lot of blockages and obstacles.

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

He claims his mother, who died in 2012 at the age of 103, had signed official papers claiming Fangio was her son's father.

Mr Espinosa’s mother Andrea Berruet had a relationship with Fangio which ended in 1960.

The 77-year-old is understood to have provided a number of letters apparently written by the racing driver to Ms Berruet as proof of paternity.

Fangio dominated the first decade of Formula One racing and held his five-time world champion record for 47 years until it was surpassed by Michael Schumacher in 2002.

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