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Roberto Mieres : biography

December 3, 1924 - January 26, 2012

Roberto Casimiro Mieres (3 December 1924 – 26 January 2012) was a racing driver from Mar del Plata, Argentina. He participated in 17 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 7 June 1953. He scored a total of 13 championship points.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1953 Équipe Gordini Gordini Type 16 GordiniStraight-6 ARG 500 NEDRet BEL FRARet GBR GER SUI ITA6 NC 0
1954 Roberto Mieres Maserati A6GCM MaseratiStraight-6 ARGRet 500 BELRet FRARet GBR6 11th 6
Maserati 250F GERRet
Officine Alfieri Maserati SUI4 ITARet ESP4
1955 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 250F MaseratiStraight-6 ARG5 MONRet 500 BEL5 * NED4 GBRRet ITA7 8th 7
* Indicates shared drive with Jean Behra.

Formula One & sports car racer

Mieres competed in a number of different sports, including rowing, sailing, rugby and tennis. He first took up motorsport in Argentina with an MG, which he later replaced with a Mercedes-Benz SSK and then a Bugatti formerly driven by Achille Varzi, using the latter to win the Argentine sports car championship. As a reward, he was invited to join his compatriots Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González on a trip to Europe, during which he finished fourth in the 1950 Circuit des Nations in Geneva driving a Ferrari 125 Formula One car. After returning to Argentina, he was recruited by the Gordini team to replace the injured Jean Behra, allowing him to make his début in the World Championship at the 1953 Dutch Grand Prix. He also competed in the French and Italian Grands Prix, taking a best finish of sixth at Monza.

Mieres scored his best result of 1953, however, in the non-championship Grand Prix de l'Albigeois held in Albi, France, finishing in fourth place.Frenchman Wins Automobile Race, Los Angeles Times, June 1, 1953, Page C2. He also finished third in a sports car handicap race at Caen in July 1953, which was won by Jean Chancel.Bayol Takes Auto Race, New York Times, July 27, 1953, Page 23. In January 1954 Mieres came in second at the Buenos Aires Grand Prix. Maurice Trintignant was victorious after Mike Hawthorn skidded close to the finish.Sports In Brief, Los Angeles Times, February 1, 1954, Page C2. The tail of Mieres' Maserati caught fire during the 1954 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps. After belatedly realising this, he slammed on the brakes and jumped to safety.Hot Race, New York Times, June 24, 1954, Page 37. Mieres then finished fifth in a Maserati at the 1954 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.Argentine Driver Triumphs In Rain, New York Times, July 18, 1954, Page S4. In the 1957 City of Buenos Aires sports car race Mieres drove a 3.5 litre Jaguar to a fourth place finish. His driving partner was Ninian Sanderson of Scotland.Ferrari Is First At Buenos Aires, New York Times, January 21, 1957, Page 41. Mieres later teamed with Anton Van Dorey for a fourth place finish at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring.Gendebien's Porsche Takes Sebring Race Fatal to Two, New York Times, March 27, 1960, Page S1.

It is likely that an oil slick dropped by Mieres' Porsche caused a tragic accident at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix, in which at least four people were killed and fifty more injured. Ferrari driver Armando Garcia Cifuentes skidded on a large oil slick which had been deposited on the track and crashed into a grandstand; one lap earlier, Mieres had pitted to replenish oil he had lost with a broken oil line.Crash Kills 4 In Cuba Auto Race; Rebel Kidnappers Free Fangio, New York Times, February 25, 1958, Page 1.

Retirement

After his racing career wound down in the late 1950s, Mieres returned to his other interest of sailing, and represented Argentina in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He competed against fellow former racing driver, Prince Bira in the Star class, finishing 17th and beating his old rival in the process. Only five others have competed in both the Formula One World Championships and the Olympics. He died at the age of 87 in Uruguay.

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