Sunday, September 25, 2022

African GP could be derailed by Covid regulations

The persistence of COVID limitations has put a stop to South Africa’s aspirations to compete in the Formula 1.

Kyalami, a former site of the grand prix, has recently increased in likelihood, especially following F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali’s visit in June.

The Italian responded, “For sure, it’s another region that our calendar’s geography has yet to include.”

However, current efforts to manage COVID-19 put a wrench in the works of any definite agreement with Formula 1, according to Anton Roux, chairman of Motorsport South Africa.

For instance, venue capacity is still limited to 50%.

He told Channel Africa eNCA, “If you look at Texas, they had 380,000 spectators.”

“I believe that number to be higher than the Olympic Games, and 60% of those spectators came from outside the country. Although I don’t think we’ll draw that many spectators, we could get between 250,000 and 300,000.

“South Africa is far away, thus the increase in tourism will be crucial. And I consider the COVID limits to be a significant obstacle.

The event could be in jeopardy if only half the fans could be accommodated, conceded Roux.

In contrast to the 2,000 spectators who were permitted at an international event earlier this year, 1,800 staff were on the racetrack, he continued. What I’m trying to say is that it just doesn’t make sense if you can’t perform to the best of your ability.

Roux stated that Kyalami is nonetheless now working on improvements to bring the track up to the FIA’s requirements for Formula 1.

If the event cannot take place in 2023, he continued, he is “confident” it will take place in 2024.

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