South African Formula 1 fans and organisers are all hopeful that the South African Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 World Championship by 2023.
PlanetF1 stated that the original target for the return was 2022, and the only thing that could have affected this was the COVID-19 pandemic and not any infrastructure issues.
South Africa has a large history in Formula 1. Two venues have staged this adrenaline rush sport namely, Prince George Circuit in East London from 1934 until 1966 and Kyalami twenty-one times between 1967 and 1993.
The South African shared that the CEO of the South African Grand Prix, Warren Scheckter said that the venue needs some work to get up to the standards of Formula 1.
SAGP have not given up hope to secure the race in 2022, but finds that it’s more realistic to expect a full return in 2023.
Racefans have stated that Lewis Hamilton supports the fact that Formula 1 will be returning to South Africa because of its history, making it an important place to come back to.
Scheckter commented saying, “It’s great that Lewis, a person as high-profile and influential as himself, has indicated his support for an African Grand Prix,”
“Obviously South Africa is the most likely place for that to happen being that it’s a country that has a huge history in Formula 1. It had its own Formula 1 racing series back in the seventies, had a Formula 1 world champion itself and as a country, it has quite a big following.”
“Most importantly it has a race track that’s really ready to go, that’s very close to being F1-standard. If there were to be an African Grand Prix, South Africa and Kyalami is the most logical place that it would happen.”
“It’s great that Lewis is showing his support for an African Grand Prix. An African Grand Prix is going to be a huge boost for bringing diversity to the sport at all levels.”