But the 38-year-old’s ultimate aim appears to be returning the sport to the Kyalami Circuit. The 2.8-mile track last hosted a grand prix in 1993, with Alain Prost claiming victory on his way to his fourth and final world championship. The country – and in fact the whole African continent – has been off the calendar ever since.
“I’m working in the background to get South Africa on the race. That’s like such a dream for me. I’ve got to stay until they get that race,” he said.
The Brit’s wish for a return to South Africa is nothing new, as he has continuously seeks to expand the sport’s fanbase.
He told the BBC back in 2015: “I would love for it to be in South Africa. They are great sporting fans and are just petrolheads who love cars. I would love to go there, it would be absolutely insane. There is a huge following there and it is one of the most important grands prix we need to get on the calendar.
"This is the first time that black South Africans have had someone to relate to in this sport. I feel incredibly privileged to be at the front of that."
Kyalami has hosted a Grand Prix on 21 occasions and there have been discussions in the past about the possibility of its return, but no deal has yet been struck.
The FIA said in 2023 that there would not be a return to South Africa soon due to their government’s stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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