Formula One returns to South Africa with the Heineken F1 Joburg Festival on March 29 with former champion Jody Scheckter completing a demonstration run in his title winning 1979 Ferrari.
The event will feature live demonstrations with cars from the Mercedes, Red Bull and Renault team and takes place a week before the Vietnam and one week after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula One director of marketing and communications, Ellie Norman, said: “We are excited to announce that F1 will be heading to South Africa this season, with the Heineken F1 Joburg festival.
"South Africa has a very special place in Formula 1 history and we remain committed to returning to South Africa in the future. The festival will be an incredible opportunity for the people of Johannesburg to see F1 up close and personal, with live car runs, fan experiences and incredible live music acts.”
The event will also feature a run from 1979 world champion Jody Scheckter. The South African completing a run in his title winning Ferrari.
Scheckter, who also acts as the president of the South African Grand Prix, added, “I’m delighted that Formula 1 and SAGP have come together to bring an F1 Festival to South Africa for the first time and I am very excited to be involved in what promises to be an amazing spectacle on the streets of Joburg, South Africa has a long history with F1 and the Festival will provide a chance for fans to get up, close and personal with the sport.”
The South African Grand Prix was last run at Kyalami in 1993, a race won by Alain Prost for Williams.
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