17. As they wind their way round the early bends, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins?
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SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: 17. As they wind their way round the early bends, Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins take their Ferraris out in front. The world's finest drivers and the world's foremost racing cars are here, for the German Grand Prix counts towards the world championship. And sticking close to Hawthorn and Collins comes world champion Juan Fangio driving a Maserati No.1. They've got 22 laps of the 14-mile Eifel mountain circuit to cover.
61. On the fourth lap, Fangio takes over the lead from Mike Hawthorn's Ferrari - No.8. - each breaking the lap record in turn. Now on to the famous Caroussel corner with Fangio's Masserati - No.1. - still out in front. But he's being hard pressed by the Ferraris of Hawthorn and Peter Collins.
90. Stirling Moss - No.10. - leads the Vanwall team. Stuart Lewis-Evans is driving car No.12. and the third car in the Vanwall team - No.11. - is driven by Tony Brooks.
115. Another Ferrari - No.6. - driven by Luigi Musso is lying fifth. Then on the twelfth lap, when Fangio stops at the pits to refuel and change tyres, the two Ferraris of Hawthorn and Collins roar into the lead.
136. Now Fangio is 40 seconds behind the two leaders, and pulling out all the stops to catch up. Three times running he breaks his own lap record. It's the old master at his best.
156. Out in front, Mike Hawthorn with Peter Collins - No.7. - on his tail, is going flat out to hang on to his lead. The Vanwall - no.10. - driven by Stirling Moss is lying fifth, but all the time, Fangio is weaving that No.1. through the field, driving with supreme artistry.
186. Then on to the last lap but one, Fangio recaptures the lead and no one can take it from him now. But still there, in second place, comes Mike Hawthorn, driving a brilliant race in his Ferrari, with Peter Collins close behind in third place.
209. Stirling Moss still holds fifth position but the Vanwalls are not doing so well as hoped. And from now on the race belongs to Fangio. That Maserati is ahead and Fangio means to keep it there.
229. And Fangio wins the German Grand Prix, crossing the finishing line just two-hundred yards ahead of Mike Hawthorn. It's one of Fangio's greatest victories and worthy of a great world champion.