Autodromo de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Oscar A Galvez Av Gral Paz Av Coronel Roca
1420 Capital Federal
Buenos Aires


Argentina. Buenos Aires. Three words that suggest a South America that's far removed from the slums of Brazil. The glamour of the country stems largely, it seems, from the Peron's, and the beauty of a capital city that's famous around the world. The name of the city translates well as 'fresh air'.

Juan Miguel Fangio, Argentina's greatest ever won three times in his home country. This circuit was one which was built almost to provide a home for the legendary driver. With Fangio's almost God-like winning ability it seemed that a home for motorsport needed to be found in Argentina. President Peron fully supported the building of this circuit in magnificent settings.

While it's lost some of the magic of the olden days, it's still a setting that inspires the emotions.


Race Day : April 13th 1997

Circuit Length: 4.259 kilometres/2.64 miles

GMT -3 hours

Friday Practice: 11.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00
Saturday Practice: 09.00-09.45 and 10.15-11.00
Saturday Qualifying: 13.00-14.00

Sunday Warm-Up: 08.30-9.00

ARGENTINE GRAND PRIX: 13.00 ... 72 Laps, 306 kilometres, 191 miles

Lap Record Jean Alesi 1m29.413s/171.48 kph

1996 Damon Hill Williams
1995 Damon Hill Williams
1981 Nelson Piquet Brabham
1980 Alan Jones Williams
1979 Jaques Laffite Ligier
1978 Mario Andretti Lotus
1977 Jody Scheckter Wolf

Argentina's premier racing circuit isn't, truth be told, one of the best. It's OK, and it presents some challenges due to it's tight and undulating nature, but as a track it fails to inspire the kind of passion that other circuits bring out in drivers.

In recent history the circuit has practically belonged to Damon Hill. In 1996 and 1995 Hill won in convincing fashion - while it's unlikely that he can continue to dominate the circuit in a Fangio like manner, the circuit often throws up unpredictable weather to make sure that you can never guess at the final result.

1997 Championship Contents

Formula 1 Contents