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Carlos Reutemann
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Reutemann at Monza in 1981
National Senator
In office
10 December 2003 – 7 July 2021
Constituency Santa Fe
Governor of Santa Fe
In office
10 December 1999 – 10 December 2003
Preceded by Jorge Obeid
Succeeded by Jorge Obeid
In office
10 December 1991 – 10 December 1995
Preceded by Víctor Reviglio
Succeeded by Jorge Obeid
Personal details
Born (1942-04-12)12 April 1942
Santa Fe, Argentina
Died 7 July 2021(2021-07-07) (aged 79)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19721982
Teams Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus, Williams
Entries 146
Championships 0
Wins 12
Podiums 45
Career points 298 (310)
Pole positions 6
Fastest laps 6
First entry 1972 Argentine Grand Prix
First win 1974 South African Grand Prix
Last win 1981 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1980, 1985
Teams Fiat Italia, Peugeot Talbot Sport
Rallies 2
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 2
Stage wins 1
Total points 24
First rally 1980 Rally Argentina
Last rally 1985 Rally Argentina
Nationality Argentina Argentine
Political party Justicialist Party
Other political
affiliations
Cambiemos (2015–2019)

Carlos Alberto Reutemann (12 April 1942 – 7 July 2021), nicknamed "Lole", was an Argentine racing driver who raced in Formula One from 1972 to 1982, and later became a politician in his native province of Santa Fe, for the Justicialist Party, and governor of Santa Fe 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 while driving for Williams he finished second in the World Drivers' Championship by one point, having been overtaken in the last race of the season. Reutemann also finished in third overall three times for three separate teams, 1975 for Brabham, 1978 for Ferrari, and 1980 for Williams. To date he is the last Argentine driver to win a Grand Prix.

In terms of race wins, his final Ferrari season in 1978 was his most successful with four wins, but he fell short to the consistency of the Lotus team with Mario Andretti and Ronnie Peterson and was not in championship contention to the final race. He finished third, just behind Peterson, who had died in an accident at Monza earlier that autumn. In 1981, Reutemann instead relied on consistency, but narrowly lost out to Nelson Piquet for the title.

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. 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.

As a popular governor and a senator, he was 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.

Reutemann died in a medical facility in Santa Fe, Argentina on 7 July 2021 after suffering from issues relating to a haemorrhage as well as other health issues.

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