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.

Flag of Argentina.svg Argentine Grand Prix
Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 6 por Senna.svg
Race information
Laps 72
Circuit length 4.259 km (2.646 mi)
Race length 306.648 km (190.542 mi)
Number of times held 21
First held 1953
Last held 1998
Most wins (drivers) Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (4)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom Williams (4)
Last race (1998):
Pole position United Kingdom David Coulthard
Podium 1. Germany Michael Schumacher
2. Finland Mika Häkkinen
3. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Fastest lap Austria Alexander Wurz

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.


Multiple winners (drivers)Edit

# of wins Driver Achieved
4   Juan Manuel Fangio 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
2   Emerson Fittipaldi 1973, 1975
  Damon Hill 1995, 1996

Multiple winners (constructors)Edit

# of wins Driver Achieved
4   Williams 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997
3   Ferrari 1953, 1956, 1998
2   Maserati 1954, 1957
  Cooper 1958, 1960
  McLaren 1974, 1975
  Lotus 1973, 1978

Active constructors are in bold.

By yearEdit

Year Driver Constructor Location
1998   Michael Schumacher Ferrari Buenos Aires
1997   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Buenos Aires
1996   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Buenos Aires
1995   Damon Hill Williams-Renault Buenos Aires
Not held
1981   Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Buenos Aires
1980   Alan Jones Williams-Ford Buenos Aires
1979   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Buenos Aires
1978   Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Buenos Aires
1977   Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Buenos Aires
1976 Not held
1975   Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Buenos Aires
1974   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Buenos Aires
1973   Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Buenos Aires
1972   Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Buenos Aires
1971   Chris Amon Matra Buenos Aires
Not held
1960   Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Buenos Aires
1959 Not held
1958   Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax Buenos Aires
1957   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Buenos Aires
1956   Luigi Musso
  Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari Buenos Aires
1955   Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes Buenos Aires
1954   Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Buenos Aires
1953   Alberto Ascari Ferrari Buenos Aires

Events that were not part of the Formula One World Championship have a pink background.


United KingdomEdit

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