Ricardo Rodriguez was only 17 when he drove the RSK at Meadowdale in 1959. After a race long battle with Jim Jeffords in the Scarab, he flipped the Porsche on the up hill after the silo esses. He was not hurt, but it was an impressive drive, and anyone who saw it was witness to an exceptional talent.
Rodríguez was given a guest drive by Ferrari for the 1961 Italian Grand Prix, qualifying a surprise second and becoming the youngest driver in history to start from front row. In the race, he exchanged the lead with Phil Hill and Richie Ginther many times, until a fuel pump failure ended his race.
1962 saw a full works drive with Ferrari, who used him sparingly considering his age and rough edges. Whenever used, Rodríguez shone, taking second at the Pau Grand Prix, fourth at the Belgian Grand Prix and sixth at the German Grand Prix in a tough year in Formula One for Ferrari. He also won the Targa Florio with Olivier Gendebien and Willy Mairesse.
Rodríguez was considered a potential future champion already, but was left without a drive when Ferrari opted not to enter the non-Championship 1962 Mexican Grand Prix. He signed to drive Rob Walker's Lotus, but died during the first day of practice, when the Lotus' rear right suspension failed at the fearsome Peraltada corner, and it hit the barrier, killing him on impact. He was 20 years old and his death provoked national mourning in Mexico (copy courtesy of Wikepedia).
Just wanted to bring some of you up to date on his brief career.