Kyalami is ready for another F1 race in 2023. That’s according to Warren Scheckter, CEO of the South African Grand Prix.
The last time the continent hosted an F1 race was back in 1993 at Kyalami.
The CEO of the F1 organising committee Stefano Domenicali has identified Africa and specifically South Africa as one of the new markets the sport wants to venture into.
Kyalami owner Toby Venter has confirmed to Wheels24 that he is in contact with the organisers and that the continent and the country might soon be ready to host another race again.
An inspection is likely to boost the track’s rating.
“The most important thing is that it’s safer than a street circuit, too. The FIA would need to come over for inspection, and they’ll ask for some upgrades like installing the sport’s hi-tech barriers. We’ll also need to work on some more run-off areas and make it safer here and there.”
The fact that Venter mentions street circuits is because city circuits in Cape Town, Durban and Elgin are also in the running to host an F1 race in 2023. With four venues hoping for the hosting opportunity, it seems as if Kyalami might be the safest option.
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