Roberto Mieres

Full Name:
Roberto C Mieres
Born:
3rd December 1924
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province
Died:
26th January 2012 (Aged 87)
Punte del Este, Maldonado (ROU)
Nationality:
Argentinian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Born into a wealthy family, Roberto Mières was an accomplished yachtsman, tennis and rugby player who spent two full seasons as a GP driver.

A broken leg stopped his rugby aspirations so he switched sports in 1947 with an MG. He won a national sports car title driving an ex-Varzi Bugatti T35 and raced in Europe for the first time in 1950. That was initially with an Automóvil Club Argentina-entered Simca-Gordini T15 but he had switched to a Maserati 4CLT/48 by the time he finished fourth in the Prix de Genève.

Grand Prix driver with Gordini and Maserati

Gordini’s reserve in 1953, Mières replaced the injured Jean Behra for the Dutch Grand Prix. He started another two GPs that year and finished sixth in Italy although fourth in the non-championship Formula 1 race at Albi despite driving an F2 Gordini T16 was his most impressive performance.

He started 1954 with a Maserati A6GCM that was powered by the new 250F engine while the pukka 250F he had ordered was being built. Second in the Buenos Aires City GP, third at Pau and fourth in the International Trophy at Silverstone showed early promise.

Burnt on the opening lap of the Belgian GP when fuel leaked and caught fire, his Maserati 250F was finally ready for the German GP and he was soon a full works driver. Championship results immediately improved and Mières finished fourth in the Swiss and Spanish GPs.

Impressed, Maserati retained Mières for 1955 and he continued in his role as a reliable number two driver. Another fourth place finish and fastest lap at Zandvoort was one of three points scores as he finished seventh in the world championship for a second successive season.

Career after Formula 1

Recently appointed as South American distributor for Peugeot, Mières retired from F1 at the end of 1955. However, he continued to compete occasionally at home until 1963. That included the Buenos Aires 1000Kms of 1957 and 1958 when placed on both occasions. Fourth with an Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-type in 1957, he was fifth and the 1500cc class winner a year later with a works Porsche 550RS.

He won the USAC-sanctioned 1959 Daytona 1000Kms with Count Antonio von Döry’s Porsche 718 RSK but had returned to yachting by that time. He represented his country in the 1960 Olympic Games and later retired to a ranch in Uruguay.