Lewis Hamilton may get his wish this season, as F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone suggests the 29-year wait may be over.
F1 calendar hint for LEWIS HAMILTON
South Africa could be reinstated on the Formula One calendar for the first time since 1993, according to Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali, who has been urged to do so by Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton has repeatedly urged F1 executives to add an African race, admitting that he believes the continent has a sizable fan base.
With the addition of a race in Miami and the return of Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Japan, Formula One has made several changes to the bumper 23-race schedule proposed for the upcoming season.
“As I said, the US is important to us, and we are working hard to make Miami a success in 2022,” Domenicali told SPORT 1.
“The Far East is another region we should not overlook, particularly with Guanyu Zhou, who now drives for Alfa Romeo.”
“China’s interest is growing, so the region will become more important to us.”
“A return to Africa, whether in the north or south, would be fantastic.
“We must not continue to underestimate the corona pandemic; how quickly this works will also depend on the situation around Covid.”
“In 2022, we may have to adjust the calendar again.”
However, questions have been raised after the inaugural Formula E Cape Town E-Prix was dropped from the calendar just a few weeks ago, with championship officials hoping to push it back until 2023.
Hamilton expressed his desire to race in South Africa once again in October, saying, “The place I really feel, to my heart, is most important to me is to get a race back in South Africa.”
“I believe there is a sizable following, and I believe it would be wonderful to highlight how lovely the motherland is.”
Hamilton also supported a second race in America, which F1 officials later confirmed.
“In 2022, we may need to make another calendar adjustment.”
However, questions have been raised after the inaugural Formula E Cape Town E-Prix was dropped from the calendar just a few weeks ago, with championship organizers hoping to push it back to 2023.
“The place I really feel, to my heart, is most important to me is to get a race back in South Africa,” Hamilton said in October.
“I believe that is the case.
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