Reutemann was transferred from Santa Fe hospital to Sanatorio Parque de Rosario earlier this month after repeated episodes of internal bleeding from digestive hemorrhage.
The 79-year-old man was declared stable on Monday, but then suffered another hemorrhage the next day, after which it was decided to perform an enteroscopy.
An improvement in Reutemann’s condition was reported on Wednesday, with a medical bulletin saying the politician and former F1 driver is “lucid” and showed no further digestive bleeding after Tuesday’s procedure.
There was more positive news on Sunday when it was noted that the Argentine senator’s condition had improved and he had been moved out of the ICU.
Carlos Reutemann, Brabham BT44B
Photo by: David Phipps
“This morning, the national senator and former governor Carlos Reutemann, hospitalized in Rosario since Saturday, May 8, after being in intensive care for several days, was transferred to the general division,” Argentine newspaper La Capital reported on its website. . .
Reutemann’s daughter, Mariana, also posted a photo of her father sitting on a hospital bed and reading a newspaper.
Reutemann competed in 146 races between 1972 and 1982, in which he achieved 12 victories, six pole positions and 46 podiums.
He made his 1972 Argentine Grand Prix debut by Bernie Ecclestone, then Brabham boss, alongside two-time world champion Graham Hill, and he went on to race for teams such as Ferrari, Williams and Lotus.
In 1981, Reutemann came close to the world title after leading for much of the season, losing late to Brazilian Nelson Piquet. He has also finished third in the championship three times – in 1975, 1978 and 1980.
After retiring from driving, having also made two starts at the World Rally Championship, Reutemann turned to politics and served in the Argentine Senate since 2003.
He also served two terms as governor of his local state of Santa Fe and was even offered to run for Argentina’s presidency in 2003, but rejected the candidacy.