Method 1 goals to have the South African Grand Prix on the 2023 calendar, doubtlessly making a 24-race season that the Belgian Grand Prix will not be a part of.
As beforehand reported by The Race, a revival of the South African GP at Kyalami has emerged as F1’s subsequent precedence for its calendar growth.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali arrived in South Africa on Monday after the Azerbaijan GP to satisfy with Kyalami stakeholders to debate extra particulars concerning the race.
It has been recommended it can take a couple of extra weeks earlier than an settlement will be reached however the intention is for South Africa to be on the 2023 calendar.
F1 has not had a presence in Africa because the final Kyalami race in 1993.
The hassle to vary that would lead to a South African GP being a part of both a 23- or 24-race schedule subsequent yr.
This season’s championship will run to 22 races however the Qatar Grand Prix will return subsequent yr, a Las Vegas Grand Prix has already been confirmed as properly, and China is meant to rejoin the calendar for the primary time because the COVID-19 pandemic started.
If all these races, together with one at Kyalami, got here off then F1 would have 26 grands prix to schedule.
F1 can contractually maintain a 25-race season however has repeatedly said it desires to keep away from that.
Getting Shanghai again on the calendar is proving tough because the nation remains to be impacted by the pandemic and it has beforehand been recommended that this will thwart a Chinese language spherical in 2023.
And the growth of the calendar has put added strain on established European races, not less than one in every of which shall be misplaced subsequent yr.
Whereas there was a lot hypothesis over the destiny of the French and Monaco Grands Prix, one other race is a severe contender to drop off the calendar subsequent yr.
The Belgian Grand Prix is one in every of F1’s oldest and longest-running races, as there have been 66 Belgian GPs because the first world championship season in 1950.
However the race has not been an ever-present and Spa itself has been dropped a number of instances, most just lately in 2003, whereas it was additionally absent from the 2006 calendar as restore works couldn’t be accomplished in time for its September slot.
And as F1 continues to increase within the Liberty Media period it’s turning into clearer that Spa is now thought-about to be falling wanting the required customary – economically and when it comes to infrastructure – regardless of efforts to renovate the circuit.
It has now been recommended that Spa is unlikely to be a part of the 2023 calendar.
Any European race that does must forfeit a spot is prone to search a rotation with one other occasion to not less than turn out to be a biennial grand prix, assuming it can’t win again a everlasting place.
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