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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton names race that F1 needs to have on calendar 'soon'

The Mercedes driver has a desire to see a Formula 1 race in Africa, as part of the sport's expansion.

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Lewis Hamilton has picked Africa as the continent he would most like to see a Formula 1 race in the future.

The calendar has seen rapid expansion in the last couple of years in the US due to F1's popularity, with three races in the country this year.

"I like the direction personally that it's going. I've been here, like many people, for a long time. I like the change that we're seeing and it's exciting coming to different parts of the world and different circuits," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We are on all the other continents, so I'm hoping we get to go to Africa soon and that will be an amazing experience for the whole [F1] circus to experience.

"The culture there, it's a challenge from an engineer and a driver's perspective going into these new places."

There has not been a race in Africa since the 1993 South African Grand Prix in Kyalami, however there are plans to revive the race for 2024.

The deadline for a South African Grand Prix has been extended, but as RacingNews365.com reported, patience is running out.

Hamilton: Older circuits have the DNA of F1

Hamilton says that he prefers tracks that have been on the calendar since the inception of F1, and highlighted the importance for the championship to keep historic circuits on the calendar to maintain its 'DNA' in the future.

"The old circuits are always going to be the ones I prefer. Maybe in 20 years, 30 years time some kid will see this [Miami] as a historic circuit, but this is new for us," he continued.

"But all the old classics like Hungary, Silverstone, Zandvoort and Monza they will always be special and I think it's important that we continue to have those in the DNA of F1.

"I think as far as I'm aware, Stefano [Domenicali] is not planning to get rid of ones like that. It's good to have a balance of a balance of the two."

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