'El Lole' turns 76 years-young today. Surprisingly, in the seventies, Carlos Reutemann was the first successful F1 driver to hail from Argentina since the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the late fifties. A superb stylist, Reutemann collected twelve GP wins during his ten active years in Formula 1.
Once he retired from racing, Carlos embarked on a political career in his home country, becoming the governer of his native province of Santa Fe, and later a federal senator.
As a popular governor and senator, Reutemann was considered by many to be a worthy candidate for President, but while he considered running in the 2011 Argentine general election he ultimately declined to do so.