Argentine Grand Prix

round of the Formula One championship, held intermittently from 1953 to 1998

The Argentine Grand Prix was Formula One Grand Prix motor race. It was held off and on from 1953 to 1998. Argentine president Juan Perón was the driving force behind the creation of the circuit, after seeing the success of the country's own Juan Manuel Fangio.

Argentine Grand Prix
Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
Race information
Number of times held21
First held1953
Last held1998
Most wins (drivers)Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (4)
Most wins (constructors)United Kingdom Williams (4)
Circuit length4.259 km (2.646 mi)
Race length306.648 km (190.542 mi)
Last race (1998)
Pole position
Fastest lap

The circuit was built just outside of Buenos Aires on swampland in 1952.In 1953, the Autodrome hosted the first ever Formula One race held outside Europe. The exile of Perón in 1955 lead to an unstable government. The Argentine Grand Prix left the F1 calendar in 1961 for over a decade.

In 1972 the Argentine Grand Prix returned to the World Championship. Carlos Reutemann became the new homegrown hero. Reutemann took pole position in his world championship debut. He become only the second driver to do this. The Grand Prix remained in Argentina through 1981, but the 1982 event was canceled.

A private group purchased the track in 1991 and began to upgrade it. The modernized Argentine Grand Prix returned in 1995. Because of financial problems, the 1998 race was the last running of the Argentine Grand Prix.



Repeat winners (drivers)

Wins Driver Years won
4   Juan Manuel Fangio 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
2   Emerson Fittipaldi 1973, 1975
  Damon Hill 1995, 1996

Repeat winners (constructors)

Wins Constructor Years won
4   Williams 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997
3   Ferrari 1953, 1956, 1998
2   Maserati 1954, 1957
  Cooper 1958, 1960
  McLaren 1974, 1975
  Lotus 1973, 1978

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers)

Wins Manufacturer Years won
9   Ford * 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
3   Ferrari 1953, 1956, 1998
  Renault 1995, 1996, 1997
2   Maserati 1954, 1957
  Climax 1958, 1960

* Designed and built by   Cosworth, funded by Ford

By year

No. 15 configuration (1974–1981)
No. 9 configuration (1971–1973)
No. 2 configuration (1953–1960) (anti-clockwise in 1954)

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
1953   Alberto Ascari Ferrari Buenos Aires No. 2 Report
1954   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
1955   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes Report
1956   Luigi Musso
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari Report
1957   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
1958   Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax Report
1959 Not held
1960   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Buenos Aires No. 2 Report

Not held
1971   Chris Amon Matra Buenos Aires No. 9 Report
1972   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Buenos Aires No. 9 Report
1973   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
1974   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Buenos Aires No. 15 Report
1975   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Report
1976 Not held
1977   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Buenos Aires No. 15 Report
1978   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
1979   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Report
1980   Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
1981   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Report

Not held
1995   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Buenos Aires No. 6 Report
1996   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1997   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1998   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report



United Kingdom

Year Network Lap-by-lap Colour commentator(s)
1998 ITV Murray Walker Martin Brundle
1996 BBC Two Jonathan Palmer
Eurosport Ben Edwards John Watson
1995 BBC Two Murray Walker Jonathan Palmer
Eurosport Ben Edwards John Watson
1981 BBC Two Murray Walker James Hunt
1978 ITV Andrew Marriott