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Possible Return Formula One to Argentina

Possible Return of Formula One to Argentina
Thursday September 21, 2017

Possible Return Formula One to Argentina

After an absence lasting all of twenty years, Formula 1 could again roar its engines on Argentine soil. Charlie Whiting, Formula One Race Director, said that if some work is done at the Autodrome in Buenos Aires, the top category of the world motorsport could return to the country in 2019.

After the triumph of Lewis Hamilton in the Monza GP, Whiting gave an interview with the channel F1 Latin America, in which he recognized that if the Autodromo Óscar and Juan Gálvez stadium in Buenos Aires is improved, the F1 2019 calendar would have a space for the Argentine GP.

The news has gained some traction and is very exciting for fans of the sport. The head of security for each Formula 1 race visited Argentina a few weeks ago during the 1,000 kilometer race Buenos Aires del Turismo Carretera held in the capital city. Whiting then held several informal meetings on the subject and made a report on the current state of the racetrack where he put forth suggested things to improve.

According to the site, the city of Buenos Aires is enthusiastic about the idea of repatriating Formula 1, due to the potential of international tourism that it would bring to the city. It is estimated that the construction work would cost about 45 million dollars. What should be established is how to deal with this new budgetary item since it would not be the state that would pay for it.

The last Grand Prix of Argentina was disputed on April 12, 1998, when Michael Schumacher, aboard a Ferrari, came out victorious in a race that took place in the same Autodrome Oscar Alfredo Gálvez.

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