This week will mark 20 years since Juan Manuel Fangio, one of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, departed from this earth. But before that anniversary can come around, a judge in Argentina has ordered his body exhumed from its grave in order to carry out a DNA test.

Racing fans who know their history will be familiar with the name as belonging to one of the most successful Formula One drivers of post-war grand prix racing, and indeed of all time. The Argentinian driver won the world championship five times, including a four-year streak between 1954 and 1957. He won 24 grands prix – amounting to nearly half of all the races he entered. On world titles alone, he still ranks second on the all-time list, behind Michael Schumacher's seven and ahead of the four titles won each by Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel.

Fangio died on July 17, 1995, having never married or left any acknowledged heirs. He did, however, have a long-term partner in Andrea Berreut, whose son Oscar Espinoza is now fighting for recognition as Fangio's offspring. As part of an ongoing a posthumous paternity suit, the judge ordered that the late champion's body be exhumed on August 7 from its grave in Fangio's home town of Balcare, Argentina, for a DNA test to determine if Fangio was indeed Espinoza's father.

It's the second time a court ruling in Argentina has caught our attention in recent months. Back in April, a judge heard the case of Jeremy Clarkson's controversial H982 FKL license plate, deeming the apparent stunt both "arrogant and disrespectful" - but not, strictly speaking, against the law.

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