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Esteban Tuero was a pay driver who was in a hurry on the way to Formula 1. He graduated to the tail-end of the Grand Prix grid when just 19 years and 320 days old but his top-line career lasted for only one unspectacular season.
Early racing career
Argentinian Formula Honda Champion in 1994, Tuero also made his debut in Sud-Am F3 that year. He did not waste time on a full season at home however and he spent the next 18 months competing in Italian Formula 2000 and F3.
He joined the FIA Formula 3000 Championship for the last six races of 1996 with Draco Engineering. Tenth at Magny-Cours was his best result as Tuero generally qualified near the back of the field.
Formula 1 graduation with Minardi
Despite limited success so far, he was focused on F1. He tested for Minardi while starting selected Japanese F3000 races during 1997 in another season of little tangible success. Without a full campaign in any recognised feeder series, the teenager was announced as Minardi’s second driver for the 1998 F1 World Championship.
He generally matched team-mate Shinji Nakano’s pace but only finished four times. Eighth at Imola was his sole top-10 result and his campaign ended with a neck injury sustained in an accident with Tora Takagi’s Tyrrell at the final round in Japan. He returned home to recover, armed with a firm Minardi race contract for 1999 and 2000. But just a month before the new season, Tuero announced he was quitting F1 due to "irrevocable personal grounds".
He has since raced in Argentina’s TC2000 Touring Car Championship (his Volkswagen Polo winning at San Jorge in 1999 and Oberá a year later) and he was fourth in the 2008 San Luis FIA GT race with a Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello.
|2008||FIA GT Championship||34th||7|
F1 World Championship
Fondmetal Minardi Ford
0% win rate
|1997||All-Japan Formula Nippon Championship||16th||1|
FIA International F3000 Championship
0% win rate
|1996||Italian F3 Championship||13th||16|