South African GP to return?

With the F1 calendar forever changing, and with a record-breaking 23 races this season is it time to bring some old races back? Especially now with Miami, Zandvoort, Jeddah and Las Vegas signing deals in recent years taking up spots on the calendar.

It definitely makes me think are there some places missing? One which has been spoken about recently, is the South African Grand Prix, which F1 hasn’t hosted a race there since 1993, with 13 drivers on the 2022 grid not being alive the last time it featured on the calendar…

Based near Johannesburg, the Kyalami Circuit has previously held 21 out of 23 GP’s in Africa from 1967 to 1993. But we may have to wait a few more years till its return.

A lot of work is needed to upgrade the circuit to meet the FIA Grade 1 status required to host an F1 race, the circuit was redesigned in 2014 but still requires improvements, including extra run off areas and TecPro barriers.

Max Verstappen has backed Lewis Hamilton’s calls for F1 to return to South Africa, the reigning world champion said “I’d like to race in Africa, so Kyalami would be a cool addition.”

On top of America, on top of China, I think there is a potential also to be in Africa soon. There is a lot of interest there. For sure that’s another area that so far is missing in the geography of our calendar.

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali stated his desire to add a GP, talking to Sky Sports F1.

The one I really want to see is South Africa. That’s the one I want to hear announced next. We’re pretty much on every other continent, so why not? Ultimately, my ancestors are from there so that’s why it is important for me personally. I think it’s important for the sport to go there. If they’re in every other continent, why not?

Lewis Hamilton on a race in Africa.

My Opinion-

I’d very much like to see the South African GP back on the calendar, as much as these new tracks are great, there are other tracks around and in different countries which are waiting to have their turn.

Hopefully we get to hear something soon on whether this will happen!

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