FIA race director Charlie Whiting says the Buenos Aires circuit in Argentina could be renovated to join the 2019 F1 calendar.
Whiting visited the track recently to advise on what changes would be needed in order for it to hold another Argentinian Grand Prix.
“I was asked to go to see what would need to be done to bring it back up to Formula One standards,” Whiting told Canal F1 Latam in Italy. “I had a good look around the track, wrote a comprehensive report about what I felt needed to be done.”
“Now of course it’s up to the potential promoters to see if they can actually get that done.”
The Autodromo de Buenos Aires Ocsar y Juan Galvez has had three spells as a world championship venue. It held seven races between 1953 and 1960, during which time local hero Juan Manuel Fangio won four consecutive races at the track.
The track returned to the calendar in 1972 and two years later was extended to include a long, high-speed loop around a lake. This was last used in 1981 and when the track returned for a four-race spell in 1995 a shorter layout was used again.
However Whiting suggested the longer configuration would be revived if F1 returns.
“As you’d expect with any track that hasn’t had Formula One for 20 years there are a few things to be done,” he said. “But nothing massive. You’d expect it to be resurfaced, you’d need probably new walls and things like that put in it.”
“But I think the main thing would be to make the track more interesting by using some of the old, very long circuit. And I think that’s what would make it really a super track for F1 if it can be done. The plan, or the proposed plan, is to make a much faster circuit than we used back in the late nineties.”
Whiting added that if the race promoters were given a green light, “I’m sure they could have a race in 2019.”
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