Lewis Hamilton will find out if his F1 wish has been granted before the end of this year when the sport’s bosses announce the Grand Prix schedule for the 2023 season. mercedes driver has previously explained that he hopes F1 will return to South Africa, as the country last staged a race nearly 30 years ago.
F1 chief Stefano Domenicali is busy planning next season and told Liberty Media investors on Friday that the calendar for 2023 would be confirmed “around early October”. And the Italian hinted that an African race could be considered. “We would like to keep the good flow in terms of efficiency around the world, to consider the needs of a calendar that stretches from March to November all over the world,” he added.
“The demand is very, very strong. We can not [say] nothing more than what we say because we are, of course, finalizing all the details. But we expect to have a few more races than this year, but less than 25 for sure.
There are 22 Grands Prix this season but, following Domenicali’s comments, F1 fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of watching even more races next time around.
It was the second time in a few months that Hamilton had spoken of returning to the country after saying last October: “The place that I really feel, in my heart, is most important to me, is to do come back a race in South Africa. I think there is a big audience and I think it would be great to highlight how beautiful the homeland is.
Hamilton has endured a difficult season so far and is currently sixth in the Drivers’ Championship standings. But the Stevenage-born ace has improved in recent weeks and has finished on the podium in the last five Grands Prix.
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