Lewis Hamilton has revealed one racing event he would like to see added to the F1 calendar before he decides to hang up his helmet for good.
THE Lewis Hamilton in recent statements he expressed his desire to remain in F1 until he returns to the program South African Grand Prix. The Sport’s management has taken initiatives to include South Africa in its calendar in the future so that F1 can strengthen its reach, traveling to six continents during the season. Discussions have continued in recent years, however plans to return the event from 2023 have been scrapped, mainly due to political issues. The last race in South Africa, at the Kyalami circuit, was held in 1993 with Alain Prost winning. Ten years earlier, at the same track, the Frenchman then driving for Renault had lost the world championship, which was won by Nelson Piquet with the Brabham-BMW BT52.
The South African Grand Prix was always a controversial race at the time when the country was ruled by a racist white regime, as F1 defied the global embargo and included it in its schedule. Despite this, the matches on the Kyalami track were always interesting and authentic. We should say here that behind all this there was also a very lively racing scene in the country, despite the international isolation, one of the best in the world outside of the tripartite Europe-USA-Japan.
It was on a par with Australia’s racing scene, although not as crowded as that, while competing in flexibility with Argentina’s much more popular one. South Africa also had very good engineers, and as recently as the mid-60s they were seriously considering entering a team from the country in the F1 World Championship. In terms of racing drivers, the most special is Jody Scheckter, World Champion with Ferrari in 1979.
Lewis Hamilton has assured that he is doing everything he can to ensure that the African continent is represented on the calendar in the future. “I’m working in the background to get South Africa on the calendar,” said the seven-time World Champion. “This is like a dream for me, I have to stay until this fight happens.”