Carlos Reutemann  Argentina

  • Full name Carlos Alberto Reutemann
  • Birth date April 12, 1942
  • Birthplace Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Current age 72 years 225 days
  • Teams Brabham, Ferrari, Team Lotus, Williams
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1972 Brabham 10 10 0 0 5 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 16
1973 Brabham 15 15 0 2 9 3 0 1 2 0 0 16 7
1974 Brabham 15 15 3 4 9 1 1 4 1 1 0 32 6
1975 Brabham 14 14 1 6 12 1 0 1 2 0 0 37 3
1976 Brabham, Ferrari 13 13 0 0 4 4 0 0 7 0 0 3 16
1977 Ferrari 17 17 1 6 13 1 0 2 2 0 0 42 4
1978 Ferrari 16 16 4 7 12 1 2 5 1 2 0 48 3
1979 Team Lotus 15 15 0 4 9 2 0 1 2 0 0 25 7
1980 Williams 14 14 1 8 11 1 0 1 2 1 0 49 3
1981 Williams 15 15 2 7 12 1 2 6 1 2 1 49 2
1982 Williams 2 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 6 0 0 6 15
Total 146 146 12 45 97 1 6 22 1 6 1 310
Race Circuit Date
First race Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires January 23, 1972 Race results
Last race Brazilian Grand Prix Jacarepaguá March 21, 1982 Race results
Profile

Carlos was a supremely talented racing driver, who at his best was untouchable, but he could just as easily turn in a performance of overwhelming mediocrity as he could reduce a field of the best drivers in the world to bit players. Never was this more apparent than at the end of 1981 when, poised on the brink of the World Championship and after clinching pole position in brilliant style, he faded badly to eighth place in a race in which he only had to place ahead of Nelson Piquet - who finished the race semi-conscious in fifth place - to take the title. Carlos made a sensational Formula One debut in 1972, after placing second to Ronnie Peterson in the European Formula Two Trophy in 1971, putting his Brabham on pole position before finishing seventh.

The following season saw him establish himself as a consistent top-liner, and he started 1974 in brilliant style, leading the first two races until mechanical problems intervened, and winning the third, before his form tailed off until August, when he recovered to win the Austrian Grand Prix in brilliant style. Two more up-and-down seasons followed before he joined Ferrari for 1977, where he was overshadowed by Niki Lauda, and 1978, when he was back to his best alongside Gilles Villeneuve. Reutemann took four wins that year, only two less than world champion Mario Andretti in the dominant Lotus 79.

A switch to Lotus for 1979 proved ill-judged, but the move to Williams in 1980 was not. He ably backed up Alan Jones to the title that first year, before mounting his own challenge in 1981. For most of the year it looked a certainty that he would tie up the championship well before the end of the season, but then came the almost inevitable slump. He returned in 1982, took an excellent second place in the first race, in South Africa, and then quit after the second. He is now a leading figure in Argentinian politics, and since 1991 has been the governor of the country's largest province, Santa Fé.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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