South African Formula 1 fans have been buzzing after Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali dropped a not-so-subtle bombshell that South Africa is lined up as a potential new venue for the 2023 calendar.
According to insider sources, the potential and historic circuit could include a five-year contract with Formula 1 and DHL which means that if it makes a return next season, it would end its three-decade hiatus.
However, while the potential of a Formula 1 race is keeping fans on the edge of their seats, there is currently no contract in place with Kyalami and no official comment from the race track’s management.
Apart from a few small additions and improvements to the track, the Kyalami circuit ticks most of the boxes the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) require for a Grand Prix event.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Domenicali said: “We need to be balanced, we need to see what are the other opportunities. And very soon we are going to tell everyone what is our strategy to develop that market.”
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, reports Car Mag.
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. However, many are keeping their fingers crossed that an agreement will be signed soon.
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