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Hector Rebaque: Mexico's last F1 privateer racer

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Turning 62 on this date is Hector Rebaque, who had remained Mexico's 'latest' F1 driver for three decades before Sergio Perez picked up the baton in 2011.

During his four-year spell in Formula 1, Rebaque campaigned as a privateer in 1978 and 79, running his own team and fielding a chassis from Lotus.

Funding from state-owned oil company Pemex then bought the Mexican a seat at Brabham, alongside Nelson Piquet, for two years. Hector's best result was a trio of fourth-place finishes achieved in 1981, his final year of Grand Prix racing.

He is seen here behind the wheel of his Lotus 79 at the Argentine GP at Buenos Aires in 1979.