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Carlos Reutemann, former Formula One driver, may run for president of Argentina. On December 21, President Fernando de la Rue resigned after two turbulent years in power. Ramon Puerta was named "caretaker president" by the Argentina congress....

Carlos Reutemann, former Formula One driver, may run for president of Argentina. On December 21, President Fernando de la Rue resigned after two turbulent years in power. Ramon Puerta was named "caretaker president" by the Argentina congress. Within days, The Governor of San Luis, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, was chosen interim president by the Peronist Party. "El Adolfo" will remain in office for the next several months until an election for the new president can take place. The country is facing dire economic, social and political crises.

Reutemann (59),governor of the providence of Santa Fй since 1991, told the Argentina news paper La Capital:

"It is an unforeseen situation and I am going to study it, but before anything, I will prioritize the decision of the 'santafesinos' (residents of the region of Santa Fй) who have elected me to govern the province until 2003."

Carlos Reutemann. Photo by Rainer Nyberg.

Reutemann's career in Formula One began Brabham in 1972 at his home grand prix. He remained in the Ford-powered Brabham until the last race of the 1977 season. He collected four wins (South Africa, Austria and U.S., 1974; Germany, 1975). At the Italian GP in 1977, he moved to the Ferrari team for the next two years. He won the Brazilian GP both years, and in 1978 also won the British GP and both U.S. GPs (Long Beach and Watkins Glen).

In 1979, he finished only six races in the Lotus.

The Argentine moved next to Williams where in 1980 he partnered Alan Jones who ultimately won the championship. Reutemann finished third, while winning twice, Monaco and Brazil.

The following year, Reutemann led the championship with two races to go, but lost to Nelson Piquet by one point. Piquet finished fifth in the final two events, Reutemann failed to score any points.

Reutemann ended his career after a crash in the second round at the Jacarepagua circuit in Brazil. He retired after 146 grands prix, 12 wins, 45 podium places, six poles.

UPDATE: December 31, 2001 -- New election by Congress will take place in the early days of 2002 after "El Adolfo" resigned Sunday, December 30.

UPDATE: January 2, 2002 -- A former Argentina vice president has now taken the office of president making him the fifth president of the economic depress country in just two weeks. Eduardo Duhalde, 60, has decided to serve out the term of Fernando de la Rue, until December 2003. The could put Reutemann's plans to run of the position on hold. However, as many in the media has discovered recently, changes in Argentina's political arena is constant.

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