Wheels24

F1 back in Argentina in 2013?

2012-03-15 08:52

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The Argentine government is negotiating to host the country's first Formula 1 GP since 1998.

The South American nation's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, made the announcement at Government House at an exhibition of race cars used in the January, 2012, Dakar Rally that crossed Argentina, Chile and Peru.

"I was brought the proposal to stage F1 in Argentina and we're reaching agreement," Fernandez said. "God willing, we'll have F1 back in Argentina."

GREAT NAMES

The local newspaper La Nacion reported that the GP would be a street race in the popular Atlantic seaside resort of Mar del Plata, 400km south of Buenos Aires, in November or December of 2013, 2014 and 2015. Plans for a new track in Buenos Aires have apparently not come to fruition.

Argentina's most famous drivers are Carlos Reutemann and the late five-times World champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

The country's most recent GP was in 1998 at the Oscar Galvez circuit on the outskirts of Buenos Aire. It was won by Michael Schumacher.

Reuters