Did Daniel Ricciardo just drop a hint about bringing F1 to South Africa?
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We can but dream. However, F1 fans in South Africa may soon have their fantasies become a reality. Last month, we reported about the ‘genuine interest’ the sport has in bringing a Grand Prix to Mzansi – and Daniel Ricciardo may have just pushed the rumour mill into overdrive with his latest Instagram post.
Daniel Ricciardo excites fans with online Q&A
The McClaren driver took part in a brief Q&A session on Thursday. He was asked if there was a place he’d like to visit that he hasn’t already been to. Of course, as a man of excellent taste, he picked South Africa…
— Stephanie (@PapayaBoysF1) October 7, 2021
This crumb of information has got a few petrolheads in SA revving. Some F1 fans, perhaps exercising their right to ‘wishful thinking’ over anything else, believe that Ricciardo is already dropping hints about racing on our shores…
Daniel Ricciardo would like to come to South Africa. Let’s do something about that @F1?
— z (@landos_norris) October 7, 2021
Daniel Ricciardo saying he wants to come to South Africa has given me hope. I don’t know for what exactly. But it’s all I’ve got for now
— CJ (@hyper_fixation4) October 8, 2021
F1 in South Africa – when will it happen?
Clauiee Grace Mpanza, a local radio host and motorsport expert, has also been speaking about the possibility of South Africa hosting a Grand Prix soon. She believes that the Kyalami Circuit in Gauteng is the perfect venue for F1, and there’s growing confidence that Mzansi will secure a spot on the race calendar by 2023:
“I think South Africa is more than capable of hosting an F1 because it wouldn’t be the first time. If you go back in time, Ayrton Senna got his first championship point in Kyalami – so it is more than a world-class circuit.”
“We are more than capable. Yes, it’s been a while but the African continent, not just South Africa, is hungry and is willing to welcome the world back into Kyalami and see what we can do. The circuit is great.” | Clauiee Grace Mpanza