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Is F1 going back to Argentina?

Grand Prix of Argentina
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FIA F1 race director Charlie Whiting took a tour of Buenos Aires' historical racing venue this week, assessing the facility as Argentina contemplates a potential return to the Grand Prix calendar.

Whiting conducted an evaluation of the permanent track in the company of representatives from the country's automobile club and form Buenos Aires city government.

He was apparently pleased with what he saw although a substantial upgrade of the site would obviously be required for the track to host an F1 race.

F1 CEO Chase Carey is forecasting an expansion of the F1 calendar in the coming years beyond its current 21-race schedule, with several countries apparently interested in gaining a slot.

Buenos Aires could put itself on the ranks as the third race in South America alongside Brazil and Mexico.

The very first Grand Prix of Argentina took place in 1953 and the race was an irregular fixture on the calendar thereafter.

The last event to be held at the Autodromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez in Buenos Aires was in 1998, and was won by Ferrari's Michael Schumacher.

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