F1 bosses still ignore Lewis Hamilton even after retirement comments | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton’s request to hold a Grand Prix race in Africa continues to be ignored by Formula 1 bosses, even after he pleaded to race there before retiring. The Mercedes driver has been calling for the sport to return to Africa for the first time since 1993, but he may retire before bosses take action.

This suggestion from the seven-time world champion has fallen on deaf ears as there has been no move yet from F1 bosses on a return to South Africa for a Grand Prix.

The last African Grand Prix took place at Kyalami in 1993, considered one of the sport’s most historic circuits.

The long-awaited return to Kyalami in South Africa looked possible in 2022 when Kyalami’s representation met with relevant F1 groups, but that fell through due to South Africa’s ties with Russia, the BBC reports. There are currently no suggestions that F1 will explore racing in Africa again, having only recently expanded the calendar to 24 races.

CEO Stefano Domenicali also said in April that F1 would maintain the 24-race limit despite 35 venues showing interest. However, Hamilton still plans to race in South Africa before finally retiring from F1 – and he has not been quiet about his desires. Speaking to GQ Sports in 2023, Lewis said: “I want to race in Africa.

“We are on all other continents. When you bring a Grand Prix to a place it brings so much attention and so much travel, great for the economy and educating people. When we travel we have the opportunity to really use in the community and leave a long-lasting legacy. It shouldn’t just be about showing up, doing a show and leaving.”

Hamilton also revealed at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2023 that he is involved in ongoing discussions about F1’s return to Africa. The Mirror reports that the Mercedes driver said: “I’m working in the background to get South Africa on the calendar. That’s such a dream for me. I have to stay until they get that race.”

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has come out saying the company is “trying to find a solution for the best of the sport” that could allow a return to Africa. In 2023 he said: ‘Africa is still a continent that we are working very hard on. As I have always said, we need to find the right partners, the right medium-term plan. What I want to avoid is going there once. years and then we forget. We are trying to find a solution for the best of the sport, for the best of the country.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton has hinted at the retirement plans he is undertaking after signing a contract with Ferrari to join in 2025, ending a 12-year career at Mercedes.

The ultra-successful F1 driver has admitted that he has spoken to other famous athletes about plans for his retirement as he will be 40 years old by the time he signs his new contract with Ferrari.

The Mirror reports that Hamilton said: “I’ve spoken to so many great athletes, from Boris Becker to Serena Williams, even Michael Jordan. Talking to greats I’ve met along the way, who are retired – or some who still are in the competition – and the fear of the future, the lack of preparation for the future.

“A lot of them said, ‘I quit too early,’ or, ‘I stayed too long. When it ended, I didn’t have anything planned. My whole world fell apart because my whole life was about that sport.’

“Some of them said, ‘I didn’t plan it and it was a bit of a mess because I was really lost afterwards. There was such a hole. Such a void. And I had no idea how to do that. ‘ fill it. And I was in such a hurry to fill it at first that you fill it with the wrong thing And then you finally find your way.