A proposed circuit layout for a Grand Prix in Cape Town

Every few months we seem to report rumours that Formula 1 will make a long-awaited return to South Africa, a mainstay on the Formula 1 calendar until the mid 1980s.

Reports today from the country are claiming that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is “weeks away from signing” a contract with representatives from Cape Town to stage a street race at the picturesque city.

“I’m hoping we can make a decision as soon as our lawyers have a good look at them,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying by IOL. “It’ll be good to be back in South Africa. We were very happy when it was here in the past.”

The last South African Grand Prix was in 1993, which was won by Alain Prost’s Williams.

The very question of reintroducing a South African Grand Prix leads to others, most notably being which event would have to be dropped from the calendar to make way for it.

But as we’ve also reported before, that’s the least of the country’s problems when it comes to getting a race organised…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.