F1 Chief hints at South African Grand Prix return in TV interview
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F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has revealed that further discussions have taken place regarding the prospect of adding a South African Grand Prix being added to the Calendar.
Domenicali has revealed in an interview with CNN Sport that Kyalami has made a serious case for inclusion in the 2023 season but said that F1 also had approaches from other African countries to consider.
F1 Chief hints at South African Grand Prix return
It is understood that Morrocco, whose close proximity to Europe makes it an attractive prospect for the elite motorsport series, have also shown interest in putting on a street race through the famous city of Marrakesh.
Domenicali said that the plan was to have 23 races in 2022 — assuring CNN that France was among the hosts but did not confirm reports suggesting South Africa is to return to the schedule at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.
“We received interest from Kyalami to be back in the calendar. Of course, we have discussed with them in order to see if they are ready from the technical perspective, the financial perspective, to be inserted in the calendar, so discussions are there. We have received other requests from other countries in Africa … in this moment, I need to keep it confidential.”
Domenicali was thrilled with the battle for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship, even though the WDC race has turned ugly a few times with a couple of collisions between rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
“It is great because they are putting on a great show for the people. The limit is getting higher and higher. And the more we go up to the end of the season … there’s a sporting fight at the maximum intensity, not only for them, but also for the team.
“The situation that happened in Monza was related to the fact that both were in a position where if everything was perfectly done, it was not there. So everyone is pushed up to the limit. It would be interesting to see, hopefully, up to the last race.
“The good thing is that every time they would be close, everyone will try to think what the others are thinking: ‘Who is stronger? Do I need to give up or not?’ That’s incredible in terms of tension.”