“South Africa is the most likely place for this” – son of the former F1 world champion who wants to bring back the African Grand Prix
“South Africa is the most likely place for this” – son of the former F1 world champion who is out to bring back the African Grand Prix.
Formula 1 took place on every continent except Antarctica! But this century, one continent has been completely absent from the calendar – Africa. The continent last hosted a race in Kyalami, South Africa, in 1993. That race was won by legendary Alain Prost in big old Williams.
The start and opening lap of the 1979 South African GP in Kyalami.
First F1 pole for Renault, Jean-Pierre Jabouille & a turbocharged car.
The race would be stopped on lap 3 due to a downpour.
Gilles Villeneuve would win the newly started race in the new Ferrari 312T4. pic.twitter.com/79DVM4H5jN
– Classic F1 pictures and videos @ (@ F11950_2021) February 21, 2021
Now SAGP, whose CEO is Warren Scheckter, son of 1979 world champion Jody, wants to bring the race back. He was assisted by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
South Africa could host the African Grand Prix in 2023
According to Scheckter, Kyalami would be “the most logical place” as races were held there between 1967 and 1985 and 1992 and 1993.
“The target date is still 2022, but that could be postponed due to the impact of the pandemic, so 2023 is probably more likely.”
“It’s great that Lewis, a person as high-profile and influential as him, has shown his support for an African Grand Prix.
“Obviously South Africa is the most likely place for this. It is a country with a great history in Formula 1. It had its own Formula 1 racing series in the 1970s, had a Formula 1 world champion itself, and as a country has a fairly large following.
“Most importantly, there is a circuit that is really operational and very close to F1 standards. If there was an African Grand Prix, South Africa and Kyalami would be the most logical place for this to happen.
“It’s great that Lewis is showing his support for an African Grand Prix. An African Grand Prix would be a huge boost to add diversity to the sport at all levels. “
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