Argentina pushing to revive Formula 1 race

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Formula 1 could return to Argentina in the future following the government’s decision to pursue the revival of its grand prix.

The Argentine Grand Prix was last held back in 1998 in Buenos Aires, but recently there have been rumors of a return as the sport continues to increase its presence in Latin America.

In an interview with news agency EFE, tourism minister Gustavo Santos confirmed that bringing F1 back to Argentina was seriously being considered.

“These are tests that have a cost and a complication, but we have decided to pursue this and other major events,” Santos said.

“It would strengthen our brand and positioning.”

Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has long campaigned for a return to Argentina, while F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has also said in the past that he is open to the race being revived.

Argentina has strong ties to F1 thanks to the success of Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five world championships back in the 1950s – a record that has only been beaten by Michael Schumacher.

Currently, the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is Argentina’s leading motorsport facility after being rebuilt to host MotoGP from 2014.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.