The world of sport and Formula 1 mourns the passing of the great Carlos Reutemann
The world of sport and motorsport in particular received the shocking news yesterday of the death of one of the strongest Argentine drivers in history. Carlos Reutemann, who at the turn of the ’70s and’ 80s got on the single-seaters of Ferrari, Lotus and Williams, died in Santa Fé at the age of 79, following complications due to a liver cancer.
To give the tragic news of the champion’s death, his daughter took care of it Cora Reutemann. The woman posted a touching goodbye message on your account Twitter, extolling the great person who was her father and showing herself extremely proud of having been his daughter. Here are his words:
Dad left in peace and with dignity, having fought like a champion. With a strong and noble heart that accompanied him to the end. I am proud and blessed for the father I had. I know that he will accompany me every day of my life, until we meet again in the house of the Lord.
For the legend of the Formula 1, the consequences of a liver tumor with which he had to struggle for several years were fatal. In the last few days he had been hospitalized in the ward of intensive care, where he died peacefully and surrounded by the affection of his dearest people.
The career of Carlos Reutemann
Carlos Reutemann was born in Santa Fé, in Argentina, April 12, 1942. He raced in Formula 1 from 1972 to 1982, winning well 12 wins and close to the 1981 world title, a year before his retirement.
He made his debut in the Argentine Grand Prix, at his home, in 1972, getting a mind blowing pole position in the tests, only to have to settle for the seventh place in the race. He was driving one at the time Brabham, stable in which he remained until 1976.
The following year he landed in the stable of the prancing horse, the legendary Ferrari, to take the place of the great Niki Lauda.
From the Monza stable he moved first to the Lotus, then to the Williams. With the latter, in 1981, reached the highest point of his career, remaining at the top of the world rankings until the last race, but then he was beaten by the young Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet.
After retiring from his sports career, he returned to his homeland and threw himself into the policy, managing to get elected for two terms as Governor of the province of Santa Fé.