1972 Argentine Grand Prix

Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina

Sunday, January 23, 1972
Round:
1
Weather:
Very hot, dry and sunny
Laps:
95
Fastest Lap:
Stewart, 1m13.66
Country:
Argentina
Circuit:
1972 season:
Report

THE ARGENTINE GRAND PRIX

Tyrrell-Cosworth and Stewart Still Supreme
Buenos Aires, January 23rd.

For the first time, since the beginning of the 3-litre Formula One, the season started in Argentina in January rather than in South Africa in March; in fact it was the first World Championship Formula One race in this torrid South American country for 12 years. The venue, however, was the same, the impressive Buenos Aires Autodrome on the outskirts of the federal capital.

The facilities at Buenos Aires always were good but now they are absolutely superb, almost coming up to the Paul Ricard/Ontario standards when it comes to garage accommodation. The rebuilding of the circuit, plus the construction of Balcarce and the general underwriting of the series, was in the hands of the YPF Club, which is the social section of the giant national fuel company, which receives government money for the purpose. For the Formula One race it had been decided to use the 3.41-km., No. 9 circuit which is considerably shorter and more twisty than the No. 15 track used for the sports-cars race. The Autodrome, which is sited in a big park, has a whole complex of circuits although some are no longer usable.

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