Former F1 Driver Wants to Be Argentina's President
Former F1 driver Carlos Reutmann seems to have chosen the second option, even though he could have easily lived happily ever after with the fortune raised from the races he participated in. According to F1-Live, the 66-year-old Argentinean racer has already started a new career in politics, now aiming for his country's presidency.
As a matter of fact, Reutmann has already been involved in politics before as he had served as governor of the Santa Fe province and in the National Senate. Now that he has announced his candidacy for president of Argentina, the matter has become even more controversial than before. After all, what do politics and sports have in common? “Quite a lot” might the answer of Reutmann as he seems to be highly supported by former president Carlos Menon who helped him develop a political career in the first place.
Member of the Justicialist Party, some controversial accusations were made against Reutmann regarding the killing of several innocent people by the Santa Fe Provincial Police during the December 2001 riots. In addition, the end of Reutemann's administration coincided with the catastrophic flood suffered by the capital city of Santa Fe in April 2003. Thus, his government was accused of not warning about the area's flooding hazard and not taking any measure in order to prevent it.
As for his career as F1 driver, Reutmann earned 12 Grand Prix wins and six pole positions from 1972 and 1982, but many times he was overshadowed by his better teammates. Therefore, his F1 career was marked by success as well as by disappointing failures.