Carlos Reutemann

Governor + Politician + Driver
Nationality Argentine

Carlos Alberto Reutemann, nicknamed "Lole", is an Argentine former racing driver, and later a politician in his native province of Santa Fe, for the Justicialist Party and governor in Argentina. As a racing driver, Reutemann was among Formula One's leading protagonists between 1972 and 1982. He scored 12 Grand Prix wins and six pole positions. In 1981 he finished second in the World Drivers' Championship by one point, having been overtaken in the last race of the season.… Read More

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1942 Birth Born on April 12, 1942.


1958 16 Years Old Descended from a Swiss-German grandfather, an Argentine father and an Italian mother, Reutemann was the first successful Argentine Formula One driver since the retirement of five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio in 1958.


1965 23 Years Old He first raced in 1965 in a Fiat saloon car.
1970 28 Years Old After racing touring cars and Formula 2 in Argentina, he moved to Europe in 1970 to drive a Brabham for the Automobile Club of Argentina Team in the European Formula 2 series. … Read More


1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1975 33 Years Old Five podium finishes in 1975, including a win in Germany at the old Nürburgring, allowed Reutemann to place third in that year's Championship. … Read More
1977 35 Years Old When Clay Regazzoni left Ferrari for the Ensign team in 1977, Reutemann was paired with Niki Lauda, who had nearly died in a fiery crash the previous season. … Read More
1978 36 Years Old When Lauda moved to Brabham in 1978, Reutemann became the senior member of the Ferrari team, joined by the young Canadian Gilles Villeneuve. … Read More
1979 37 Years Old With an opening at Lotus in 1979 after the death of Ronnie Peterson, Reutemann decided to move from Ferrari to Lotus. … Read More
1980 38 Years Old He became the second Formula One driver after Leo Kinnunen to be at the podium of a World Rally Championship event, when he finished third in the 1980 and 1985 editions of Rally Argentina.
…  In 1981 he finished second in the World Drivers' Championship by one point, having been overtaken in the last race of the season.


1982 40 Years Old He returned with Williams for 1982, finishing second in the season opener in South Africa, the only Cosworth-engined runner able to take the fight to the much more powerful turbo-engined Renaults. … Read More
1985 43 Years Old In 1985 he accepted another offer to drive the Argentinian Rally, this time by Peugeot. … Read More


1999 57 Years Old 1 More Event
The provincial constitution does not allow for re-election, but after four years Reutemann presented again and won the governorship for the period 1999 - 2003. … Read More
2001 59 Years Old After the 2001 crash and the resignation of Fernando de la Rúa, Reutemann surprised and disappointed many by declining, on several occasions, to run for president.


2003 - 2006 3 More Events
2007 65 Years Old Reutemann also declined to run for governor of Santa Fe again in the 2007 elections.
2010 68 Years Old He was also for three decades the only Formula One driver to score drivers' championship points in both F1 and WRC, until Kimi Räikkönen's eighth place at the 2010 Jordan Rally.
2011 69 Years Old As a popular governor and a senator, he has been considered by some, on several occasions, to be a worthy candidate for President, but while he considered running for president in the 2011 Argentine general election he declined to do so.
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