What were the other great moments of that successful year?
Well, of course, winning the Grand Prix in England, in front of a home crowd. To this day, I still don’t know whether my teammate Juan Manuel Fangio did all that he could have done to win that race. He knew how much a home victory meant to me. When I asked him, after the race, if he’d held back, he said: “No, you were quite simply the better driver today!” Over the years I asked him the same question time and time again, but the answer was never any different.
How would you characterize Juan Manuel Fangio?
He was the best Formula 1 driver of his day. I knew that if I kept my eyes on him and followed his line, I would be very fast. But I saw no chance of being faster than him.