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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
Podium 1. Germany Michael Schumacher
2. Finland Mika Häkkinen
3. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Fastest lap Austria Alexander Wurz

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.


Multiple winners (drivers)

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

Multiple winners (constructors)

# of wins Driver Achieved
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

Active constructors are in bold.

By year

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

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

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