Warren Scheckter, CEO of the South African Grand Prix, says Kyalami is “ready” to bring Formula 1 back to the nation in 2023.
Under the ownership of Liberty Media, and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali’s leadership, a clear plan is in place to expand the Formula 1 calendar and make moves into new markets.
And one of the key markets identified is a race in Africa, a continent which has not hosted Formula 1 action since the 1993 South African Grand Prix.
Kyalami is not the only venue in contention to secure Formula 1’s return to South Africa, with city circuits in Cape Town, Durban and Elgin also mentioned.
But Scheckter, son of 1979 World Champion Jody Scheckter, believes Kyalami is the best choice and confirmed that talks with Formula 1 are set to return to make secure an official announcement by “the beginning of 2023”.
Onboard with Alain Prost in his Renault RE40.
South African Grand Prix, Kyalami, qualifying, 13-14 October 1983.
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“Compared to the city circuits identified, the most sensible choice remains Kyalami, for its history and for its immediate availability to host this event,” he is quoted by Formulapassion.it.
“In recent years, starting with Chase Carey, we have welcomed the top management of F1 with visits to the racetrack, encouraging the meeting of the latter with the members of our Government in order to start negotiations.
“We have already shown that we can host major events of international importance such as the World Cup in 2010, and a GP is what is needed to relaunch the image of South Africa not only from a sporting point of view, but also from a tourist and cultural point of view.
“We are ready: next year we will discuss again the opportunity to bring F1 back to South Africa, with the aim of making the return official at the beginning of 2023.”
There remains no place for the Chinese Grand Prix on that record 23-race calendar.