F1 could be returning to South Africa
The 2022 Formula 1 season is in full swing with Max Verstappen currently leading the world championship ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
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Monday, June 13th
Formula 1 could be on its way back to South Africa’s Kyalami Circuit for the first time in 30 years.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO of Formula 1, has publicly stated his desire for F1 to become a true ‘world championship’ with races held on every continent and Kyalami has long been seen as the natural location for F1’s return to Africa.
The circuit hosted F1 races between 1967 and 1985, taking a break from the calendar before returning in 1992 and 1993.
Fans have long been calling for the return of Kyalami, alongside the return of popular tracks such as the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, and this dream could be realised in 2023.
It emerged at Motorsport Network‘s Business of F1 Forum that Domenicali will be meeting with the circuit’s officials this week ahead of a proposed return to the calendar.
Sunday, June 12th
Charles Leclerc’s ICE has suffered critical damage after the Monegasque driver’s power unit gave way on Lap 20 of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, according to formu1a.uno reports.
This means that the Ferrari driver will be forced to take at least one engine penalty during the season with each team only allocated a certain number of parts throughout the season.
Furthermore, Carlos Sainz’s hydraulic issue has affected the gearbox on his Ferrari, meaning the Spaniard will also need to replace the part ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Mattia Binotto will no doubt be frustrated heading away from Baku with Ferrari’s second edition power unit proving far less reliable than its first. The double DNF raises questions surrounding the team’s reliability moving forward.