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READY TO RACE: Kyalami race track prior to its refurbishment, last hosted a Formula 1 race in 1993. Image: Kyalami

Update: South Africa has moved up to the third position on the poll! Keep voting 

Cape Town - The big Formula 1 news this week was of course the confirmation of Liberty Media's takeover of the world's most lucrative motorsport series.

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was forced to leave with his tail between his legs as the new owners try and breathe new life into an ageing, expensive sport.

Vote for South Africa

New commander in chief Chase Carey has mentioned the possibility of new Grand Prixs in the United States and the United Kingdom. But what about a race in South Africa?

We know Kyalami race track only has a Grade 2 licence, which means the circuit can host any international race series, except for Formula 1.

READ: FIA safety boss gives Kyalami Grand Prix circuit high praises

According to Kyalami, if changes are made to the track's current run-off areas it would be to accommodate the high speeds F1 cars generate. This would grant the facility a Grade 1 licence. 

British broadcaster, Sky Sports, has set up a poll asking fans to pick their dream GP, at the time of writing, SA is in fifth place.  Get voting! and show your support. 

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