Argentina and Formula 1: A romance that turns 70

It began with the successes of Fangio and González in the '50s, it continued with those of Reutemann in the' 70s and with twenty Grand Prix in Buenos Aires.


That saturday May 13 1950, when the F1 on the english circuit of Silverstone, the romance began between the Argentina and the one that has become the highest expression in motorsport. In fact, in that first race of the World Drivers Championship a compatriot participated: Juan Manuel Fangio.

Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González, champion and runner-up in 1954.

Although he left due to a mechanical problem in his Alfetta, the Argentine had his revenge in the second round of the tournament, the Monaco Grand Prix. There he masterfully achieved the first of his 24 wins in the specialty.

The successes of the balcarceño in the new category produced an irresistible attraction that was deepened with his five titles of 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. Also around that time a pilot from the Buenos Aires town of Arrecifes was in charge of making history. It was José Froilán González, who gave the first success to Ferrari by winning at the 1951 British Grand Prix. Pepe, who once again repeated his triumph with the Scuderia on the English track in 1954, thus became the hero of the category's emblematic team.

That idyll between Argentina and F.1 had its highest point in the 1954 season when Fangio and González topped the standings, something that was never repeated.

Although there were several other compatriots contemporaneous with Chueco and Cabezón, none of them repeated their victories. Those who were closest were Onofre Marimón, who ran eleven events and climbed to the last step of the podium twice (Belgium '53 and Great Britain '54); Carlos Menditeguy, who participated in a dozen races and the one who finished best was third (Argentina '57) and Roberto Mieres, who started 17 GP's and achieved three fourth places as the best result.

It was only in the '70s that love had a new chapter at the hands of Carlos Reutemann, the Argentine with the most GP's started with 146 and the second most winner behind Fangio with 12 successes. The Lole, in addition, was the last compatriot who fought for a title: that of 1981, which was finally left in the hands of the Brazilian Nelson Piquet.

Carlos Reutemann
Carlos Reutemann at the 1981 Eastern United States GP. Behind, Nelson Piquet, who took the title.

And how to forget the sheer speed gatherings in the Buenos Aires racetrack, scene of 20 editions of the Argentine Grand Prix. The race on the Buenos Aires track had different periods: It was held consecutively between 1953 and 1958, in the middle of the golden era of Fangio. Then it was raced again in 1960. In the '70, already with Reutemann as the highest representative, the Argentine GP continued between 1971 (the race was without points) and 1975 and between 1977 and 1981. Then the Máxima returned in the '90 with four consecutive tests between 1995 and 1998.

In those Grand Prix there were moments of extreme happiness from the hand of the triumphs of Fangio in the editions of 1954, 1955, 1956 - shared with the Italian Luigi musso- and 1957. But also of absolute sadness, as when Reutemman left in the lead halfway from the checkered flag in 1974...

Although Formula 1 has been a dream for Argentines for years, a couple of times in the last decade that wish has almost come true. How to forget that 2010 when Jose Maria Lopez signed for the team USF1, which ended up being a fiasco; or when in 2012 an attempt was made to finalize a project for a street circuit in Mar del Plata ...

As it is Argentina and Formula 1 maintain a special romance. A romance that turns 13 this May 70.

THE ARGENTINES WHO RUN IN FORMULA 1

NAME

GP'S

VIC

POLE

RV

POD

BIRGER Pablo 2
BONOMI Roberto 1
BUCCI Clemar 5
DAPONTE Jorge 2
By TOMASO Alessandro 2
STEPHAN Nasif 1
FANGIO Juan Manuel 51 24 29 23 35
FOUNTAIN Norberto 4
GALVEZ Oscar 1
GONZALEZ Jose-Froilan 26 2 3 6 15
WAR Miguel Angel 1
CHURCHES Jesus 1
LARRAURI Oscar 7
MARIMON Onofre 11 1 2
MAZZACANE Gaston 21
MENDITEGUY Carlos 10 1
WEDNESDAY Roberto 17 1
REUTEMANN Carlos 146 12 6 6 45
RODRIGUEZ-LARRETA Alberto 1
SCHWELM-CRUZ Adolfo 1
TUERO Esteban 16
ZUNINO Ricardo 10

THE GREAT AWARDS OF ARGENTINA

DATE

PILOT

EQUIPMENT / ENGINE

18/01/1953 ASCARI Alberto Ferrari
17/01/1954 FANGIO Juan Manuel Maserati
16/01/1955 FANGIO Juan Manuel Mercedes
22/01/1956 FANGIO Juan Manuel / MUSSO Luigi Ferrari
13/01/1957 FANGIO Juan Manuel Maserati
19/01/1958 MOSS Stirling Cooper-Climax
07/01/1960 McLAREN Bruce Cooper-Climax
18/01/1971 (*) AMON Chris Matra
23/01/1972 STEWART Jackie Tyrrell-Ford
28/01/1973 FITTIPALDI Emerson Lotus-Ford
13/01/1974 HULME Denny McLaren-Ford
12/01/1975 FITTIPALDI Emerson McLaren-Ford
09/01/1977 SCHECKTER Jody Wolf-Ford
15/01/1978 ANDRETTI Mario Lotus-Ford
21/01/1979 LAFFITE Jacques Ligier-Ford
13/01/1980 JONES Alan Williams-Ford
12/04/1981 PIQUET Nelson Brabham-Ford
09/04/1995 HILL Damon Williams-Renault
07/04/1996 HILL Damon Williams-Renault
13/04/1997 VILLENEUVE Jacques Williams-Renault
12/04/1998 SCHUMACHER Michael Ferrari

(*) RACE WITHOUT POINTS

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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