Carlos Reutemann

Country Argentina
Date of Birth 12-4-42
  Lotus Career
Debut 21-1-79 23-1-72
Last Race 7-10-79 21-3-82
Races 15 146
Wins 0 12
Podiums 4 45
Poles 0 6
Points 25 310

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Became the second driver in F1 (after Mario Andretti) to start his first race from pole when he started for Brabham in his home country in 1972. Bought himself out of his Brabham contract when he discovered they'd be running with Alfa-Romeo engines in 1976. A bad decision he insisted (and was proved right). Then went to Ferrari where his team mate Niki Lauda won the World Championship in 1977 and he was beaten by the Lotuses in 1978.

Joined Team Lotus for 1979 alongside Mario Andretti hoping to use the dominating Lotus 79. Unfortunately he not only found the Lotus 79 becoming uncompetative, but that it was cramped and difficult to drive. He refused to drive the Lotus 80 until it was at least as competative as the Lotus 79 (leaving Andretti to do all the work).

Things went from bad to worse and Colin Chapman said he'd get rid of Andretti if Reutemann would stay for 1980. But by then he just wanted out and went on to Williams where he once again lost out on the World Championship to team-mate Alan Jones in 1980 and Nelson Piquet in 1981 before retiring two races into the 1982 season.

Successfully moved into politics in his native Argentina for a post-racing career.