Argentine F1 Great Carlos Reutemann dies at age 79

Buenos Aires— —Former F1 driver and Argentine politician Carlos Reutemann, who has competed for over a decade at the top of the world’s motorsports, died Wednesday at the age of 79.

Reutemann had surgery for a liver tumor in New York in 2017 and was having a hard time regaining complete health.

“Dad left peace and dignity after fighting like a strong and noble-hearted champion who accompanied him to the end,” his daughter Cola tweeted.

In a career characterized by brilliance behind the steering wheel, stubborn dedication, and inconsistency, Reutemann sees him as the biggest Argentine driver after five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio, whose heyday was in the 1950s. It was done.

Reutemann, the son of a rancher in Santa Fe Province, finished third in 1975, 1978 and 1980, and then finished his runner-up in 1981 with the Formula One Championship to Nelson Piquet in Brazil.

“He has been a big part of our sport for many years and was a fighter to the end. He will be greatly missed,” Formula 1 said in a statement.

Argentina entered F1 in 1972 and joined Bernie Ecclestone’s Brabham team twice with world champion Graham Hill. He made his sensational debut and finished in 7th place after taking pole position at the home grand prix in Buenos Aires.


He also led the Italian team’s challenge in 1978 after being overshadowed by Niki Lauda in 1977 and raced for Ferrari, who joined Lotus in 1979. ..

Then, in 1980, he moved to Williams.

“We are sad to know that former driver Carlos Reutemann, who won the Williams three-time Grand Prix, died in his career. Our idea is that his family during this difficult time. And friends, “Williams Racing tweeted.

In 1981, he refused to win Alan Jones, famous for ignoring the team’s instructions in Brazil, but led the championship ahead of the finale in Las Vegas, where he qualified at Paul.

Reutemann then defeated Jones, faded in the race, and Pique became the champion with a single point.

Called “Lole” because of his love for pigs and “los lechones” in Spanish, he suddenly started playing sports after the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix raced at the 146 Grand Prix and won 12 wins and 46 podiums. I’m away.

After testing his hand at the 1985 World Rally Championship, Reutemann turned to politics and was elected Governor of Santa Fe Province, serving in 1991-1995 and 1999-2003.

In 2003 he was elected Senator of Santa Fe and re-elected in 2009 and 2015. He declined to run for president in 2002, even though the vote showed him to be a strong candidate.

Known for his indifference to fame, he was unable to appear in his own book published in 1998 after years of working as a ghostwriter. “It’s Reutemann,” said writer Alfredo Parga at the time.

Ramiro Scandro

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