Argentina could return if political winds are favorable

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The Oft-claimed apolitical Formula 1 is waiting, it seems, on politics to see if it should move forward with a possible race return to Argentina. The last grand prix held there was in 1998.

The race organizers have been speaking with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone about the grand prix and Reuters suggests that Ecclestone is actually very keen to return and add another Latin American race to the calendar:

“Bernie had this idea to wait and see what happens with the election which is in a couple of weeks. So we might have a good chance,” said Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi who is an Argentine.

“Some homework is being done this year and we might be able to work things out if it’s the right environment. We have a good group behind us (so) that if Bernie is happy with the new official environment it could work out.

“The racetrack is there. Yes, it needs changes but if we manage to bring some comfort to Mr Ecclestone, and we manage also to give him all the guarantees from the government and promoter, it could happen soon.”

The overwhelming response from the Mexican fans must no doubt be a factor in the decision as there are a tremendous amount of racing fans in Central and South America.

the race disappeared from the calendar due to political challenges in the country but it seems that Gastaldi believes that a government and private component might be able to be assembled to bring the needed resources together and acquire the rights to a grand prix.

Repairs would need to be made to the track or possibly F1 would look to a street race, which seems to be getting slightly out of hand these days due to the massive expense of building a new circuit, and perhaps we could see a new race in Argentina. No telling would have to be booted off the race calendar in the event of a 22 race schedule.

The 5-time world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, won the Argentina Grand Prix four times in a row and the government backed that race very strongly, it may take that kind of backing again to see it actually happen. Ecclestone said it could happen, not that it will.

Hat Tip: Reuters

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Patrick Chapman

Jean Todt stated recently that according to the FIA regulations as it applies to the races, that a maximum of 20 races is allowed per season. That means that there would have to be a rule change to accommodate 2016 calender which provisionally is already at 21 races. Now we’re talking about adding another one which makes 22. At some point the teams are going to complain that it is too much. And is Bernie going to pay the teams more money to cover the extra traveling and all the other expenses associated with participating in a GP weekend? And… Read more »

Tom Firth

Firstly ok if it happens, no problems, but we have been down the route of a new Argentine Grand Prix many times, so holding off excitement.

The other question is whilst the Buenos Aires circuit is seemingly the favourite option, wouldn’t upgrading, to grade one and using the already recently re-developed Termas De Rio Hondo make perhaps more sense?

Coji

Being that your Germany and Argentina articles came out a day apart, I’m saying Argentina happens, it’s here instead of Nurburgring 2017.