Formula 1 must return to Africa as part of its shift to become a more socially-conscious sport, says six-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
Asked in a fan Q&A on Mercedes sponsor Petronas’ YouTube Channel where he would like to go for a new F1 race, Hamilton did not hesitate with his answer.
“Easy, Africa. It’s such an important place to go back,” he said, referring to the continent which last hosted a race with the 1993 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami.
“At the moment Formula 1 goes to countries and doesn’t really leave much behind, if anything.
“Formula 1 has to shift into being a sport that does go to places and leaves behind something that can really help the communities.
“I think bringing firstly the attention back into Africa and highlighting the beautiful place it is, I think that’s the most important place that we have to go to.”
And while Africa is considered the poorest continent by GDP, Hamilton insists not every race needs to be about securing profits for F1’s stakeholders.
“It needs to be held where it’s not all about money, it’s about people,” he asserted. “In business that’s not always the case, so that’s something I’m really pushing for.”