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Lack of a GP in Africa is “just wrong” says F1’s race promotion director · RaceFans

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Lack of a GP in Africa is “just wrong” says F1’s race promotion director · RaceFans


Formula 1’s global director of race promotion says it is “just wrong” the world championship does not have a round in Africa.

Chloe Targett-Adams named the continent as a priority destination for the series. F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recent confirmed the championship has spoken to potential race promoters in the north and south of Africa.

Lewis Hamilton said last year it is “important” F1 returns to Africa, which last held a round of the championship in 1993.

“I completely agree with Lewis,” Targett-Adams told the BlacBook Motorsport Virtual Summit yesterday. “Africa is a continent that we don’t race in and that is just wrong.

“It’s somewhere that we very much want to. It is a priority. We’ve been in talks with possible options for a few years and we’re hoping that ultimately we will be able to achieve a race there in the near to mid-term.”

One promoter, SAGP, is keen to revive the grand prix at Kyalami, which has held more F1 races than any other circuit on the continent. However Africa is one of several areas F1 wants to expand its presence in.

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“Alongside Africa the US remains a clear strategic priority,” said Targett-Adams. “We’ve got a great race in Austin now, we look forward to working with our promoter there hopefully for more years to come. Equally we’re looking at a second race opportunity, a destination location and looking to build up that US race proposition we have.

“Equally Asia, we’ve made no secret of the fact that also is a key priority. We’re a global series. We’re fortunate that there’s a lot of interest.”

Formula 1 is considering alternating some venues from year to year to add greater diversity to the calendar without further increasing the record 23 rounds being held this year.

“There are limited spaces on the calendar so that’s when we look at – without wanting to leave any of our cornerstones of the calendar behind or longer-term relationships – how do we manage that opportunity of bringing on these new locations and being able to reach fans in those areas whilst also maintaining?

“Which is where that alternation of existing circuits becomes quite an interesting concept. And working through that Africa, US and Asia is where we’re wanting to target in terms of new races at this moment in time.”

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