Kyalami confirmed for 2023 F1 calendar

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Date:12 July 2022 Author: Juandre

The murmurs are once again reaching fever pitch for a local Formula 1 race.

The insider sources that haven’t been detailed have also mentioned that management at the historic circuit have signed a 5-year contract with Formula 1 and DHL which means that if it makes a return next season, will mark its 3 decade hiatus.

This is still all unconfirmed and no official comment has been made by Kyalami management but after the positive affirmation of F1 head honcho Stefano Domenicali visiting the track not too long ago, we can see some truth in this.

Apart from a few small additions and improvements to the track, the Kyalami circuit ticks most of the boxes the FIA require for a Grand Prix event.

F1 Paddock Insider on Twitter has mentioned that an official announcement can be expected this week which is logical since the Formula 1 calendar for next season is being finalised. The account further details that tickets are likely going to cost around R5 000 which equates to €300. This is approximately the same amount paid for a weekend pass at European circuits on the calendar although the vague rumour doesn’t confirm if the ticket is solely for race-day access.

From 2023, Formula 1 will have been missing from Kyalami for 3 decades with the last race to take place being the season opener of 1993. The race on the 14th of March had Alain Prost on pole position ahead of rival Aytron Senna but upon start, the pole sitter fell to third behind the Brazilian and Hill. Prost managed to win the race with Senna just behind and Blundell in third. The legendary Michael Schumacher was also contending for the podium places before coming in contact with Senna’s car, retiring him from the race. History may repeat itself next year with the seven-time World Champion’s son coming into his own over the past few races for the Haas Formula 1 team.

 

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