Carlos Reutemann


  • Santa Fe, Argentina Place of Birth
  • 12 April 1942 Date of Birth
  • 1972 Argentine Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Williams Current/Last Team

Carlos Reutemann, affectionately known as “Lole,” was an illustrious figure in both the world of Formula One racing and Argentine politics. As a Formula One driver from 1972 to 1982, Reutemann’s career was marked by spectacular victories and intermittent disappointments. He claimed 12 Grand Prix victories and six pole positions, although he faced tough competition from his teammates and struggled under pressure during crucial moments. In the 1981 World Driver’s Championship, he narrowly missed the title, finishing second by just one point after a decisive race.

BornCarlos Alberto “Lole” Reutemann
12 April 1942
Santa Fe, Argentina
Died7 July 2021 (aged 79)
Santa Fe, Argentina

Reutemann, who was of Swiss-German, Argentine, and Italian descent, became the first prominent Argentine Formula One driver after the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. His journey began in Argentine touring cars and Formula 2, leading to his move to Europe in 1970 to race for the Automobile Club of Argentina Team. His notable entry into Formula One came with Brabham in 1972, where he quickly made a name for himself.

Over his racing career, Reutemann transitioned from teams like Brabham to Ferrari and later Williams, experiencing varying degrees of success and challenges. His time at Ferrari was turbulent, culminating in a switch to Lotus and then a significant resurgence with Williams, where he played a crucial role in securing their first Constructor’s Championship.

After retiring from racing in 1982, Reutemann turned to politics, joining Argentina’s Justicialist Party. He was elected governor of his home province, Santa Fe, serving multiple terms and garnering significant support, although he consistently declined opportunities to run for the presidency.

Reutemann’s later years were overshadowed by health issues, leading to his death on July 7, 2021, at the age of 79.

Carlos Reutemann Formula One World Championship career

Active years1972–1982
TeamsBrabham, Ferrari, Lotus, Williams
Career points298 (310)
Pole positions6
Fastest laps6
First entry1972 Argentine Grand Prix
First win1974 South African Grand Prix
Last win1981 Belgian Grand Prix
Last entry1982 Brazilian Grand Prix

Sources: Wikipedia.com and historicracing.com


Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Brabham 1958 Monaco Grand Prix Died, F1 Legend
Austrian McLaren 1971 Austrian Grand Prix Died, F1 Legend
Swiss Ensign 1970 Dutch Grand Prix Died
Canadian Ferrari 1977 British Grand Prix Died
American Ferrari 1968 United States Grand Prix F1 Legend
Australian Arrows 1975 Spanish Grand Prix Died, F1 Legend
Finnish McLaren 1978 South African Grand Prix F1 Legend


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Brabham British 1962 Historic
Ferrari Italian 1950 Current
Team Lotus British 1958 Historic
Williams British 1978 Current