Hamilton wants F1 to hold a Grand Prix in Africa
Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says that Africa is an important place for F1 to go back to and establish a new legacy for the sport.
Despite its size, Africa is the only continent on the planet currently not hosting a Grand Prix – with the exception of Antarctica.
The most recent GP held there was 27 years ago, when the 1993 season started in South Africa at the Kyalami circuit. The race was won by Williams driver Alain Prost, who crossed the finish line over a minute ahead of McLaren’s Ayrton Senna.
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In total, 23 world championship races have been held in Africa. Almost all of them were held at either Kyalami or East London, with a single one-off event in Morocco in 1958 which was won by Stirling Moss.
Morocco still regularly hosts rounds of the Formula E and touring car championships, while the World Rally Championship had planned to race in Kenya this season before the schedule was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The medical situation has also hit the F1 calendar hard, with the sport’s bosses scrambling to put together a revised itinerary. Hamilton believes this presents an opportunity for the sport to look into a long-overdue return to Africa.
“Africa, it’s such an important place to go back,” Hamilton said in a video released by Mercedes sponsor Petronas when asked where he would like to see a race being held this year.
“At the moment F1 goes to countries and doesn’t really leave much behind if anything,” he continued. “F1 has to shift into being a sport that does go to place and leaves behind something that can really help the communities.