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2015-01-22 08:13

CAPE TOWN GP IN THE WORKS? Above is the proposed Cape Town GP track which never materialised. Perhaps Lewis Hamilton's dad Anthony will have more luck reviving the South African GP? Image: Capetowngrandprixsa.co.za

Back in 2013 Wheels24 reported that Formula 1 chief exec Bernie Ecclestone  was pushing for a Cape Town F1 Grand Prix.

The City of Cape Town, however, ruled out the idea despite numerous proposals, most of which named Sea Point and the soccer stadium (for the pits) for a track but they were turned down by councillors.

In January 2015 Mercedes' double F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's father has become involved in fresh plans to revive a South African GP.


Since splitting as Lewis' manager, Anthony Hamilton has worked on other projects, among them a disastrous stint managing Paul di Resta and pioneering the so-called 'Info wing' that was tested by Force India at Abu Dhabi in 2014.

The UK's Press Association has reported that he's working with Ecclestone to return F1 to Africa, off the GP calendar since 1993, and once again Cape Town is the focus, this time for 2016.

Ecclestone said: "I've been looking to go back to South Africa for a long time and now we have a good chance."


In 2013 Cape tourism's events and marketing director Anton Groenewald said: "We are not in favour of it because of the huge cost implications to the city." And councillor Felicity Purchase said: "Right up front we need to say the stadium is not available for racing. We cannot subject residents in the area to the noise of racing."

The city back was reportedly considering two of the 11 proposals. The proposed City Challenge Cape Town would be a street race showcasing new technology using gas or electric power and use a circuit outside of a residential area.


Africa* is the only continent without an F1 race. It was originally held in East London (1960-66) then moved to Kyalami, Johannesburg (1967-80, 1982-85) and 1992-93). Williams' Alain Prost won the 1993 South African GP.

Should the Cape Town GP receive go ahead and a scheduled Azerbaijan GP takes place, fans could look forward to a record 22-race calendar for 2016.

Would you like to see Cape Town host an F1 race? If so, where do you see a race circuit within the city? Email us  and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

*Bar the Arctic, bit chilly there.

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