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'We're missing a South African GP' - Could F1 return to Kyalami?

2019-05-17 09:10

Image: Kyalami

Liberty Media is now targeting a race on the continent of Africa.

With the new F1 owner adding a race in the Netherlands for 2020, former supremo Bernie Ecclestone observed: "We're missing a South African grand prix to talk about a real world championship."

But Sean Bratches, who is Liberty's F1 commercial boss, told the Dutch publication Formule 1 that the sport is in talks with potential African promoters.

He said: "We are now racing on five continents. Africa is the last habitable continent that we don't race on. We want to change that."

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Optimistic feedback

Earlier in May, FIA President Jean Todt had posted an image on social media while visiting Kyalami International Circuit in Midrand. He is seen posing in a picture with several people, including Kyalami owner and manufacturer owner, Toby Venter. 

According to Christo Kruger from Venter's office: "We support all efforts and remain committed to hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Kyalami."

Bratches added that there is strong interest from a promoter in Morocco. Marrakech is located in North Africa.

Liberty is also actively looking to switch the location of the Brazilian grand prix, with F1's promoters director Chloe Targett-Adams set to meet imminently with officials in Rio de Janeiro.

Globo reports that the meeting will take place in Rio's Copacabana Palace hotel.


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