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Max Verstappen

Hamilton and Verstappen agree on 'next step' for F1

As the Formula 1 calendar expands to three races in the US in 2023, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen believe another continent should be the "next step" for the future of F1 races.

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Max Verstappen has agreed with Lewis Hamilton on what the "next step" for Formula 1 should be, as it expands its calendar to include more races in a season.

This year F1 will stage three races in the United States at Austin, Miami and Las Vegas, as it leverages the growth in the last couple of years in the country.

This is significant for F1 as, between 2007 and 2012, there was no race in the US following the fallout from the event in Indianapolis in 2005. But there is still one continent that it has yet to return to, having previously raced there in the 1990s.

Hamilton has previously suggested that a return to Africa could be good for the growth of F1, as he feels it "needs" a race in the continent.

Verstappen: F1 has history in South Africa

Verstappen agrees when asked which country or race he would like to see make a comeback.

"I do think that we still need a race in Africa," said Verstappen to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We are basically on every other continent, so I do think that's the next step for Formula 1.

"We have history of course in South Africa, for example. So that would be a great addition."

A potential return of the South African Grand Prix at the Kyalami Circuit was mooted during various stages last year, however talks for it to make an appearance have since collapsed due to lack of government support.

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