Argentine president confirms talks to host grand prix

Race winner Michael Schumacher celebrates with Eddie Irvine and Jean Todt after winning the 1998 Argentine GP

Mar.15 (Reuters) Argentina is in talks to stage an F1 race for the first time since 1998, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said on Wednesday.

She made the announcement at Government House where there is an exhibition of racing cars used in the Dakar Rally which was held in Argentina, Chile and Peru in January.

“I was brought the proposal to stage F1 in Argentina and we’re reaching agreement,” Fernandez said.

“God willing, we’ll have F1 in Argentina,” she was quoted as saying by the daily, La Nacion.

La Nacion said that the race would be held in the popular Atlantic seaside resort of Mar del Plata in November or December of 2013, 2014 and 2015. There is no circuit fit for F1 in Mar del Plata (400 km south of Buenos Aires) so the race would presumably be staged on a street circuit in that city.

Argentina, whose most famous former drivers are the late five-times world champion Juan Manuel Fangio and Carlos Reutemann, last held a grand prix in1998 at the Oscar Galvez circuit on the outskirts of the capital. It was won by Michael Schumacher.

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