Formula 1 in Mar del Plata! The project that excited the Argentines and came to nothing

Nine years ago the last attempt was made to bring the Máxima back to Argentina.

On Wednesday March 14 2012 the heart of Argentine fans of the F1 stopped for a few seconds. During a ceremony in which the Argentine pilots who had participated in the rally were recognized Dakar Rally the then president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner He assured that the Argentine Grand Prix I was going to return to the calendar of the Maximum in 2013.

"Making Argentina host Formula 1 is something that Argentines deserve, to show the things we have ... For us this will be very important because after football, motor racing is the second favorite sport of Argentines", The president said before assuring that she had been working on the project for four years.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announces the return of the F.1 in the eyes of the pilots Lucas Bonetto, Pablo Rodríguez, Marcos and Alejandro Patronelli.

The scenario chosen for this return was Mar del Plata man, in which a urban circuit first class in the area of Playa Grande. From the government they thought that organizing the race on a street map, instead of the Autodromo of Buenos Aires, was better to promote the country...

The track was even designed. The project had spearheaded it Hermann Tilke, the trusted architect of Bernie Ecclestone, which at that time was the "1" of the World Cup. The German and his people were in the Pearl of the Atlantic at the beginning of 2009 to analyze different possibilities. That visit did not go unnoticed, to the point that the national and provincial governments came out to confirm that they were working towards the return of the category.

"It's true, we want to bring Formula 1"he confessed Sergio massa, at that time Chief of Cabinet. More details provided Daniel Scioli, Governor of Buenos Aires: “Different possibilities are analyzed for Mar del Plata to have the F.1, but we must be careful and respectful. All this fits into the framework of turning Mar del Plata into the epicenter of great events, such as the Davis Cup, the Mayors' Summit, the election of Miss Argentina, and many others ”.

Time passed and no further progress was made on the subject, something that meant that the project had been shelved. However, the government had decided to continue with the negotiations in absolute secrecy. That included several meetings with Ecclestone himself, who was excited about the possibility.

Formula 1 in Mar del Plata 3
Details of the circuit designed by Hermann Tilke.

After the presidential announcement confirming the return, more details of the chosen scene were known, baptized as Atlantic Street Circuit. It measured 5.000 meters and consisted of 18 curves. The lap time was estimated at one minute and a half and the average speed was close to 193 km / h. The F.1s were going to surpass the 320 km/h at the end of the 900-meter main straight, located on the north breakwater heading towards the sea. It would have grandstands with capacity for 80.000 viewers.

The new stage of the Argentine Grand Prix was going to extend from 2013 to 2015. The cost for each edition would be about 40 million. Half was going to be provided by the State and the rest by the company Time for fun, which came from organizing the Quilmes Rock and Personal Fest. While the circuit works were to be financed by the Province and the municipality of General Pueyrredón. Until there was date: some weekend in November or December to take advantage of the visit of the F.1 for the GP of Brazil.

With Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's announcement, a countdown began that local F.1 fans followed closely until reality collided with dreams. Economic and political reasons made everything come to nothing, sadly, once again ... The talks were terminated by Ecclestone himself who, with his particular style, shot: "There will be the Argentine Grand Prix when we deal with serious people."


Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y 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; 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:

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