Lewis Hamilton has achieved the greatest heights in the pinnacle of Motorsports. The Briton 7-time World Champions tied only to the great Michael Schumacher and have the most wins (103), pole positions (103), and podium finishes (183) for a Formula One driver to his name. He has also become a prominent advocate in support of activism to combat racism and push for increased diversity in motorsport.
Recently Formula One added Las Vegas to the 2023 Calendar and Briton welcomed the new decision to race in the ‘Sin City.’ With Formula One’s expanding fan bases, we could see more races in the future season as the sport wishes to reach out to new markets.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the last African GP and Lewis Hamilton says it’s time Formula One returns to the Kyalami for the South African GP as he believes “it’s important for the sport to go there.”
Lewis Hamilton: “We’re pretty much on every other continent so why not”
The first South African GP was held in 1934 and was an Official World Championship event from 1962 onwards. In 1967, the race was moved to the Kyalami circuit on the outskirts of Johannesburg. But following the South African Anti-apartheid movement and running a Formula One event proved too costly, the race did not return. With the latest inclusion of Las Vegas in the 2023 calendar, Lewis Hamilton hopes there will be toom for running a Formula One event proved too costly and the Grand Prix did not return.
Hamilton said, “It’s amazing the relationship we have now [with the United States, three races, that’s going to be awesome. It will be good for the business, with Vegas an awesome addition. I’ve not seen the track layout so I don’t really know how that will be but just being there, the spectacle, I welcome it.”
When asked about where he wished to race next Hamilton replied, “I really want to see in South Africa. That’s the next one I want to hear announced. We’re pretty much on every other continent so why not. Ultimately, my ancestors are from there so it’s important for me personally, and it’s important for the sport to go there.”
South African Grand Prix was suspended right after the controversial 1985 race, due to the nation’s policy of apartheid. Following the end of apartheid in 1991, the race returned to the Formula One schedule in 1992 and 1993. The 1993 race was the last South African Grand Prix, as of 2021. Formula 1 is in talks over a return of the South African Grand Prix in 2023.