We reported recently that the 78-year-old was in talks with potential promoters, after the South American country last hosted a race at the Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez in capital Buenos Aires in 1998.

Potential organisers of a future Argentine grand prix must build a new circuit, according to F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

We reported recently that the 78-year-old was in talks with potential promoters, after the South American country last hosted a race at the Autodromo Juan y Oscar Galvez in capital Buenos Aires in 1998.

The local newspaper Critica indicated that a street race is a possibility.

"We're interested in going there (to Argentina) but they (the promoters) have to do something. They have to build a circuit," Ecclestone said at Silverstone last weekend, the Spanish newspaper Diario Sport said.

Asked if the old venue was a possibility, the Briton bluntly answered: "No."

Also asked about Argentina's chances, Mercedes chief Norbert Haug confirmed that the existing Buenos Aires track is not an option.

"As it was a few years ago, no," said the German.

 

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