F1 » Argentina coasting to 2013 F1 return?

The Argentine Grand Prix, at a new street circuit in Mar del Plata, could be confirmed on the 2013 calendar as early as next month.

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April 06, 2012 7:52 PM

Argentina's military is stuck in 1982, their economy is in ruins, their public sector employees don't get paid anywhere near enough to live on, so the cure for that is to build an F1 circuit? This is as much a diversion from reality as the recent sabre rattling over the British Sovereign territory known (only) as The Falklands.


April 07, 2012 1:11 PM
Last Edited 1486 days ago

Wow an F1 Ciruit with Surf Beach right alongside it - Kool!

Do any of the F1 Drivers Surf?
Mark Webber maybe? be good to see Mark in a Redbull wetsuit, on a Bonzer board ripping the surf up!


April 07, 2012 2:32 PM

Potrero is a cool track, but I don't think there is even the slightest possibility to make it safe enough for F1. It's probably brilliant for touring cars and maybe GT but F1, no way. Balcarce and El Zonda seem pretty cool too, in fact it seems like there are quite a few good tracks in Argentina but all of them would probably need major updates to be ready to host F1.


April 07, 2012 4:27 PM
Last Edited 1486 days ago

Good one Richard! Very apt.

PS: How do you get the cartoon faces in your post? They add to the fun.

(I just saw a video on here of a cat watching ms trying to post Rubens into the pits on here. The yellow face with mouth agap would have been a funny attachment! Check it out)

ZeR0 Kun

April 07, 2012 5:05 PM

@ sodesu

actually when FIA GT visits Potrero, there are some rumours that Argentine GP could be resurrected with the circuit as the venue. since the track itself receives so many rave reviews by the drivers, perhaps F1 was interested to test the water there.

safety aspects needs to be improved, yes, but so do with any other circuits that want to host F1. and you also raise another valid point of concern - whatever good for GT/touring cars, does not necessarily good for F1. Potrero might produce spectacular races for the former categories, but perhaps dull and boring for the latter. we certainly did not want another Valencia.

but no harm trying, right?


April 07, 2012 5:05 PM
Last Edited 1486 days ago

ghog. taz told me a few days ago.

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try it, you can always delete. where i have said 'colon' use the colon sign. when i tried to write it as a proper colon, it gave me the face! so it works

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April 07, 2012 6:20 PM

Well us Swedes are ok, we've got a lot of water in between so it's not really a problem...

Aynway, Potrero. That's an interesting point really. The very things that make it seem like a nice and flowing circuit on board a GT could well make it a pretty dull F1 track. There may not be too many overtaking opportunities. But yeah, if they could make it work safety-wise then why not give it a try. Problem is race deals aren't exactly worked out like that, they have multi-year contracts, investors who need to back their investments up etc.

Another concern is that the safety measures themselves may take away a good part of the charm of the track. Certainly seems reasonable to think that safety fences and Tecpro all round the track may make the scenery look just a little bit less spectacular - although I suppose the same goes for the Mar del Plata layout pictured.


April 08, 2012 8:18 PM

Isn't everyone fed up of new street circuits yet? Monaco has history but the racings shockingly bad at Valencie. Singapore's better, but can't compete with tracks such as Sepang or Montreal

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