Domenicali on the prospect of Formula 1 returning to Africa for the first time since the 1990s: “Africa will return and hopefully very soon on our calendar”; no events in Africa on bumper 2023 F1 schedule, only live on Sky Sports
Last updated: 30/09/22 11:55 am
Formula 1 President Stefano Domenicali says getting Africa back on the schedule remains a “very clear goal” – and South Africa’s Kyalami circuit is not the continent’s only candidate to host. a race.
Domenicali flew directly to South Africa from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June to negotiate with local stakeholders, raising the possibility of hosting an F1 race at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit for the first time since 1993.
No events in Africa are on the record 24 race calendar for 2023, including the Las Vegas GP and return races in China and Qatar, although Domenicali remains hopeful that a return to Europe is possible. F1’s record will take place “very soon”.
“We need to make sure that when we do something new, it has to be paired with the right partners and it has to be stable fundamentals to last longer,” says Domenicali. Sports sky. “It would be a mistake to go there for a year and then disappear if the conditions are not done properly.
“It’s a matter of having the right financial assets, but also having a venue ready for the weekend that we want to host there.
“The only thing I can say that after my first exposure to Kyalami is that there are other places in Africa that are interested in Formula One.
“It’s a very clear goal: Africa will return and hopefully very soon on our calendar.”
The bumper 2023 schedule will include three races in the United States, with Las Vegas joining Miami and Austin as host cities, with Domenicali pleased with F1’s rapid growth in that region.
“The signals that we are receiving [on the USA market] It’s unbelievable,” added Domenicali. A few years ago, we thought we needed to keep fighting to stay there and invest, but now there is an amazing sign of a boom. It’s impressive.
“Certainly it’s a market where a lot of resources will be devoted, but we need to respect so many regions of the world and have a lot of attention everywhere.”
Directly Formula 1
October 2, 2022, 11:30 am
Sky Sports is still the home ground of Formula 1 as the multi-year contract signed
Sky Sports will remain the exclusive home of Formula 1 in the UK and Ireland until 2029 after Sky expands its partnership with the sport.
The multi-year extension also confirms Sky as the official F1 broadcaster in all Sky markets, with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, Austria and Switzerland retaining the rights until the end of 2027 with greater exclusivity. .
As part of award-winning coverage, all races, qualifiers and practice sessions will continue to be streamed exclusively on Sky Sports F1, while national races and all other race highlights will be shared for free.
“We are incredibly proud of our long-term partnership with Sky and we are pleased to announce that we will continue to work together until 2029, a very important commitment from the very beginning of the year,” Domenicali said. Sky.
“Since the beginning of our relationship in 2012, we have both tried to bring the excitement, emotion and drama of Formula 1 to our traditional fans at the same time. attract new and more diverse audiences.
“Formula 1 has seen tremendous growth in recent years and I can’t think of a better partner to continue to reach our fans with this level of depth, professionalism and expertise. in-depth. field access and content that makes F1 come to life.”