A pioneer of open-wheel racing, he was the greatest racer in the early years of Formula One.
He left school early to become an auto mechanic, which led to a racing career.
He was dominant in Formula One, winning 24 of his 52 races, and capturing the World Championship of Drivers a whopping five times.
He was never married, but had one unrecognized son with girlfriend Andrea Buerret.
His five World Championship of Drivers set a record that lasted 46 years, before being broken by Michael Schumacher.