We hope the news that the F1 calendar will be returning to SA is true!
The murmurs are once again reaching fever pitch for a local Formula 1 race. This time, supposed insider sources confirmed Kyalami as an official circuit for the 2023 calendar with a multi-year deal thereafter.
“The place that I really feel is dear to my heart and, most important to get a race back, is in South Africa. There is a great following out there and I think it would be great to be able to highlight just how beautiful the motherland is.” ~ Lewis Hamilton
The insider sources that haven’t been detailed have also mentioned that the historic circuit will include a 5-year contract with Formula 1 and DHL which means that if it makes a return next season, it will mark its 3-decade hiatus.
This is still all unconfirmed and no official comment has been made by Kyalami management but after the positive affirmation of F1 head honcho Stefano Domenicali visiting the track not too long ago, we can see some truth in this! Circuit representatives remain hopeful about hosting the event although have confirmed that no deal has been signed yet.
From 2023, Formula 1 will have been missing from Kyalami for 3 decades with the last race to take place being the season opener of 1993. The race on the 14th of March had Alain Prost on pole position ahead of rival Aytron Senna but upon start, the pole sitter fell to third behind the Brazilian and Hill. Prost managed to win the race with Senna just behind and Blundell in third.
The legendary Michael Schumacher was also contending for the podium places before coming in contact with Senna’s car, retiring him from the race. History may repeat itself next year with the seven-time World Champion’s son coming into his own over the past few races for the Haas Formula 1 team.
If any deals are signed that will bring the premier flight of motorsport to South Africa, Kyalami management will communicate this monumental news in conjunction with Formula 1.
Apart from a few small additions and improvements to the track, the Kyalami circuit ticks most of the boxes that the FIA require for a Grand Prix event.
F1 paddock insider on Twitter has also mentioned that an official announcement can be expected this week considering we are approaching the time of year when the Formula 1 calendar for next season is being finalised.
The account in question further details that tickets are likely going to cost around R5 000 which equates to €300. This is approximately the same amount paid for a weekend pass at European circuits on the calendar although the vague rumour doesn’t divulge any other details.
If the F1 does return, would you be attending the race? Let us know below. 👇
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