F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali Responds to Lewis Hamilton’s African GP Demand

Published 10/14/2021, 12:07 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Formula One is a global sport, and it hosts races in every corner of the world. Teams and drivers travel to Asia, South America, North America, Europe, and Australia to race, but the only continent missing from the current calendar is Africa. There are calls to bring the sport to Africa, and one of the biggest drivers in F1, Lewis Hamilton, has joined the campaign.

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Previously, F1 used to visit South Africa and host races in Kyalami. But since 1993, the sport has not visited the continent. But since the owners have announced that F1 will host 25 races in the future, there is hope amongst the fans that the sport will return to Africa.

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We would have to race in Africa again: Lewis Hamilton

As reported by GPBlog, Hamilton believes that for the sport to to have a full world championship, F1 must visit Africa.

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021, in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by John Thys – Pool/Getty Images)

“To have a full world championship, we should compete in Africa again,” said Lewis Hamilton.

Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali echoed the Mercedes driver’s sentiments. He mentioned that the African GP’s return to the calendar is a priority. There have been many discussions to go the continent but nothing solid has happened.

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“I am of the same opinion as Lewis Hamilton, Africa is a continent where Formula 1 does not play, and that is wrong. The return of Formula 1 to Africa is a priority. We have looked at various options over the past few years.

And we hope that we can find a solution in the medium term,” said Domenicali. (Translated via Google Translate)

There were some reports that there might be a street race in Cape Town or a race in Morocco. But in the latest developments, the only likely location to have a race in Africa is Kyalami.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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