Carlos Reutemann, ex-Williams driver turned politician has been moved to intensive care at a hospital in his native Argentina as a result of digestive bleeding, according to reports.
“Given the evidence of a new episode of digestive bleeding and the consequent haemodynamic decompensation of Senator Carlos Reutemann, with a low blood pressure and worsening of biochemical parameters, it was decided to refer him to the Sanatorio Parque in the city of Rosario to continue with diagnostic studies and possible treatment” Reutemann’s medical team said in a statement.
79 year old Reutemann has suffered with poor health in recent years, having been diagnosed with liver cancer in 2017.
News that his condition was steadily worsening was refuted on social media by his daughter Cora, who said her father was stable as doctors continue to do everything in their power to improve his currently critical condition. She also thanked well wishers.
Reutemann finished runner up in the 1981 Formula 1 World Championship driving a Williams, left the sport mid-season the following year having won three Grands Prix for the team and twelve in total.
The reasons for his premature retirement are the subject of some debate, with many people presuming worsening tensions between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands made it difficult for ‘Lole’ (as he came to be known) to continue racing for a British Grand Prix team. However, Sir Patrick Head would claim later that after a couple of difficult and largely acrimonious seasons between he and Williams team-mate Alan Jones with whom he fought bitterly his heart just wasn’t in it any more.
We wish Carlos a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with him at this difficult time.