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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
McLaren-Mercedes
1:25.852
Podium 1. Germany Michael Schumacher
Ferrari
1:48:36.175
2. Finland Mika Häkkinen
McLaren-Mercedes
+22.898s
3. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Ferrari
+57.745s
Fastest lap Austria Alexander Wurz
Benetton-Playlife
1:28.179

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.

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.

Winners

Repeat winners (drivers)

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

Repeat winners (constructors)

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

Repeat winners (engine manufacturers)

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

* Designed and built by United Kingdom Cosworth, funded by Ford

By year

Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 15
No. 15 configuration (1974–1981)
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 9 xT
No. 9 configuration (1971–1973)
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 2 (Histórico)
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 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Buenos Aires No. 2 Report
1954 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
1955 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes Report
1956 Italy Luigi Musso
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Ferrari Report
1957 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Report
1958 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax Report
1959 Not held
1960 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper-Climax Buenos Aires No. 2 Report
1961

1970
Not held
1971 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra Buenos Aires No. 9 Report
1972 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Buenos Aires No. 9 Report
1973 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Report
1974 New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Buenos Aires No. 15 Report
1975 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Report
1976 Not held
1977 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Buenos Aires No. 15 Report
1978 United States Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Report
1979 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Ford Report
1980 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Report
1981 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Report
1982

1994
Not held
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Buenos Aires No. 6 Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report

Broadcasting

United Kingdom

Year Network Lap-by-lap Colour commentator(s)
1998 ITV Murray Walker Martin Brundle
1997
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
1980
1979
1978 ITV Andrew Marriott
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