F1 ‘in advanced talks’ over Kyalami return

Jamie Woodhouse
A view from above of Kyalami. South African GP venue, May 2017.

An imagine taken from the air looking down at the Kyalami track. South Africa, May 2017.

Talks to put Kyalami back on the Formula 1 calendar have now reached an advanced stage, according to a report.

Recent years have seen plenty of alterations to the Formula 1 schedule, with multiple new grands prix joining the fold, the Saudi Arabian and Miami GPs serving as examples, while past venues like Zandvoort and Imola have made a comeback.

In 2023 the Las Vegas Grand Prix will debut, while after appearing for the first time in 2021, the Qatar Grand Prix is set to begin its 10-year deal as of the 2023 campaign.

And it would seem that another face from Formula 1’s past would like to return to the present, perhaps even as soon as 2023.

Sportsmail state that talks are now at an “advanced stage” for Kyalami to return to the calendar, which hosted the South African Grand Prix from 1967-1985 and then in 1992 and 1993.

Since then Kyalami has been absent from Formula 1, as has a grands prix in South Africa in general, but the report states that Formula 1 president Stefano Domenicali will “make a whistlestop tour to South Africa next week”, where he will speak to Kyalami owner Toby Venter and chief executive Tom Hamilton as he looks to wrap up the deal.

If successful, we could well have a South African Grand Prix on the 2023 calendar, with the Kyalami track reportedly needing only a “minor tweak to its facilities” to be deemed Formula 1-worthy.

The reworking of the Formula 1 calendar has focused on grands prix outside of Europe, with the American market in particular exploited as Formula 1’s popularity in the nation continues to climb.

With the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The American safe, it means that there will be three United States-based races in Formula 1 come 2023 when the Las Vegas Grand Prix debuts.

In addition to Kyalami, returning to China for multiple races has also been mentioned as a potential development. Colombia has even expressed an interest in hosting Formula 1.

Domenicali stated recently that the European leg of the season will not be made to suffer for such expansion, though Sportsmail’s report does speak of a threat for several events.

They state that the French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard is set to be axed, while the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps is also under threat, with the potential for it to alternate on the calendar if it is retained in some capacity.

The Monaco Grand Prix is also without a contract beyond 2022.