Carlos Menditeguy

Full Name:
Carlos Alberto Menditeguy
Born:
10th August 1914
Buenos Aires
Died:
27th April 1973 (Aged 58)
Buenos Aires
Nationality:
Argentinian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

National tennis champion as a junior, a world class polo player after World War II and later a successful trainer of thoroughbred racehorses – Carlos Menditéguy was indeed a fine all-round sportsman. He was also a regular in Argentinian motor racing during the 1950s and was undoubtedly blessed with natural pace. But a brutal lack of mechanical sympathy denied him a victory or two.

Grand Prix career

Winner of a sports car race at Mar del Plata at the start of 1950, he raced in the following year’s Temporada races. His world championship debut was in the 1953 Argentine Grand Prix – retiring at quarter distance when his Gordini T16 gearbox failed. A regular in that race for the next six years, he travelled to Europe from time-to-time as well. His works Maserati 250F was fifth in the 1955 Italian GP to score his first championship points.

The 1956 season began in Argentina with Menditéguy in a Maserati once more and he surprised Formula 1 regulars by leading convincingly. Unfortunately, a fumbled gearshift broke his 250F’s half shaft and a famous GP victory was lost. Menditéguy was a strong fourth in the non-championship Mendoza GP and won the Buenos Aires 1000Kms a week later when sharing a Maserati 300S with Stirling Moss. That 1956 season had been short-and-sweet for he was seriously injured when he crashed during the Sebring 12 Hours in March.

A career-best third on his return in the 1957 Argentine GP, Menditéguy remained with Maserati for the European season at the behest of team leader Juan Manuel Fangio. However, he quit after the British GP with team and driver blaming each other for a succession of retirements.

Formula 1 finale and subsequent career

Seventh in the 1958 Argentine GP with a private "Maser" was despite several spins, Menditéguy’s final appearance in that race and in F1 was in 1960 when fourth with Scuderia Centro Sud’s Cooper T51-Maserati. Once again it could have been so much better for he lost a vital minute in an unnecessary pitstop after failing to switch to the auxiliary fuel tank.

That was his final international race and Menditéguy continued in the Turisimo Carretera. He later suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died in 1973 following an operation.