A 21-picture salute to Formula 1 ahead of 'Race 1000'

3. German GP - 1957

The debate over the greatest F1 drive of all time remains unsettled to this day. But the German Grand Prix that took place at the daunting Nurburgring in 1957 has always garnered an overwhelming number of votes.

It was a definitive masterful triumph for Fangio, and also his parting career win. Driving for Maserati, the five-time world champion was slow off the line when the grid was waved off.

Contrary to his Ferrari rivals Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn, Fangio elected to start his race on softer tyres and half a tank of fuel, a strategy that implied a mid-race pitstop.

On lap 13 out of 29, Fangio pitted from second place, undertaking his scheduled tyre change and refueling, but the stop was a disaster and the Maserati rejoined 48 seconds behind Collins and Hawthorn.

Fangio gave it his all as he hunted down the British duo, overhauling the pair with two laps to go.

It was such a fitting swan song win for the great Argentine driver who described his masterful Sunday drive with following words:

"I have never driven that quickly before in my life and I don't think I will ever be able to do it again."