Carlos Reutemann, born April 12 1942 and nicknamed “Lole”, is an Argentinian former racing driver who raced in Formula One from 1972 to 1982, and later became a politician in his native province of Santa Fe, and governor of Santa Fe in Argentina.
He scored 12 Grand Prix wins and six pole positions for the Brabham, Ferrari and Williams teams. He is one of three drivers (with Mario Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve) to score a pole position in his debut in Formula One (Argentina Grand Prix 1972 in a Brabham).
In 1981 while driving for Williams, he finished second in the World Drivers’ Championship by one point, having been overtaken by Nelson Piquet (Brabham) in the last race of the season in Las Vegas.
Reutemann also finished in third overall three times for three separate teams, 1975 for Brabham, 1978 for Ferrari, and 1980 for Williams. He is rightly considered amongst the best drivers in history (alongside Moss, G.Villeneuve, Peterson, Ickx, Coulthard) who did not become World Champions.
Picture above: Carlos Reutemann and his Ferrari 312T3 in 1978, he’ll score 4 victories that year.