F1 Hamilton is official: “We have to drive there”

F1 Hamilton is official: “We have to drive there”


The multiple World Champion has expressed his disappointment as talks to return to the South African Grand Prix have failed.

Kyalami’s hopes of entering the 2023 calendar have faded since the Belgian Grand Prix was extended by a year.

Discussions between Formula 1 and the South African authorities did not bring any agreement due to the lack of government support and the cost of improving the circuit estimated at 15 million dollars.

Lewis Hamilton, who has often mentioned the importance of the sport returning to Africa where he just spent his vacation in August, did not hide his disappointment with the news, although the interest of Formula 1 in the Grand Prix on this continent is real.

“I am disappointed that no agreement has been reached, despite everything Stefano Domenicali has done an amazing job of trying to achieve this and the fact that these discussions have already taken place is a big step forward” the Mercedes driver consoles himself.

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“I have supported the discussions behind the scenes to make a return for next season possible, and I still hope that will be the case, says Sir Lewis. I know Business is proven but never say never, we need a Grand Prix there. »

The Kyalami circuit has already hosted about twenty events counting the F1 championship between 1967 and 1993, and while the return of the calendar 30 years after its disappearance seems unlikely, it is said that a new promoter is expected 2024 is the new deadline. .