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Is SA ready for an F1 Grand Prix? More than 13 000 say YES!

2017-02-08 08:51

READY TO RACE: Readers believe SA is ready to host an F1 race again. Image: Kyalami

Cape Town - Earlier in January 2017, Liberty Media officially has taken over Formula 1 and long-time CEO Bernie Ecclestone has left the sport.

The new owners revealed its wants to expand the sport globally to places such as London, New York and South Africa.

F1 fans around the world could vote for the place they'd next want to see an F1 race on the sport's calendar.

SA F1 Grand Prix

We asked readers whether SA is ready to host a Grand Prix and our poll garnered 22 897 votes.

13599 voters (60%) said "Yes, F1 is huge in SA and it will be amazing!"

1791 voters (8%) said "No, there is not enough interest."

7507 voters (33%) said "No, there's too much corruption."

Readers respond:

Fuzzy Koenig: "Yes to Kyalami. Although a Cape Town street race would be a far prettier circuit and pull in bigger crowds!" 

Dean Barnes: "Definitely supported Good for Formula 1 Good for South Africa." 

Chrissy van Tonder: "We love F1 & RSA - they belong together! Kyalami is perfect for tourists & F1! We vote yes."

SA up there with the best

SkySports F1 also ran a poll on which countries fans think should be included on the F1 calendar. In first place was the home of F1 sensation Max verstappen, the Netherlands, on 17 000 votes. In second-place was London on 14 000 and in third place was our beloved South Africa on 13 000 votes!

READ: F1 fans vote for new race venues - Does SA make the cut?

Given the local demand for an F1 race and global fans wanting the same, this is perhaps a good time for role players to come together and work on a plan to revive the South African F1 Grand Prix.

Now all SA has to do is to overcome logistics, licensing and corruption...

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