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Formula 1

F1 South African Grand Prix: Maybe 2022, probably 2023

Will Formula 1 return to South Africa’s Kyalami circuit in 2022? Talks are ongoing but the more likely timeline would see the event take place in 2023, with the venue also undecided.

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Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed his interest in bringing the sport back to the African continent in the near future.

Last held in 1993 at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa, the move to restore this event would fit in with F1’s global image.

"I am particularly interested in North and South Africa," Domenicali told RacingNews365, among others. "I think it is good to visit new locations or return to circuits that already have Formula 1 history."

The latest bid to bring Formula 1 back to South Africa is being fronted by Warren Scheckter, nephew of former F1 world champion Jody Scheckter, who is also in support. In conversations with RacingNews365, it’s clear Warren is fully focused on 2022 but concedes that may not be possible.

"The goal is still 2022," he said. "But with everything around the coronavirus pandemic, 2023 is more likely."

Indeed, the pandemic also resulted in the cancellation of an F1 festival in South Africa that was intended to promote the sport’s potential return.

It’s understood there are to be more talks between Kyalami and Formula 1 in the near future.


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