A company called Cape Town Grand Prix South Africa is working hard to make a Formula One race in the Mother City a reality, and in the coming years it is possible that F1 may decide to add a South African leg into the calendar. AFKSports looks at a few reasons why a Cape Town addition would make sense for the Grand Prix calendar.
There is currently not a single race on the Grand Prix calendar in Africa, making it the only continent that is not represented on the global F1 circuit. A race in Cape Town, South Africa can finally correct the situation by giving fans of motor-sport a fantastic destination to add to their annual itinerary.
Cape Town has become a tourist hub in global terms, with many visitors from all over the world making the trip to see one of Africa’s most popular destinations. Famous for the stunning combination of sea and mountain range, a diverse set of people from all cultures and walks of life, as well as a very cosmopolitan and laid back lifestyle, Cape Town is an international city ready to welcome F1.
The country is set to benefit in a variety of ways, as the race is not a once off event, but an annual occurrence that is usually tied to a five or ten-year contract with F1. The increase in tourism from the race is set to see 50,000 + fans of the sport make the trip to SA, while fans from all over the country will be given a chance to experience this exclusive sport. Other benefits will include job creation and infrastructure development, as well as a boost to South Africa and Cape Town’s global reputation.
The proposed street track which is set to meander around the Greenpoint sports precinct is a very unique and intriguing idea. While F1 races are typically hosted at a purpose built track that is maintained as such throughout the year, the proposed plan for the Cape Town circuit would be a street race which passes through the famous Cape Town Stadium used during the 2010 World Cup, while passing by other famous sites and elements of the Mother City which will surely set this race apart as unique and intriguing for fans and the drivers themselves.
When it comes to hosting sporting events and welcoming the world to its shores, few countries have the experience and pedigree to match South Africa. Events such as the Rugby and Football World Cups, as well as the Indian Premier League, Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments and countless local sporting events where visitors from around the globe have descended on South Africa continue to prove the country’s ability.
The image of Table Mountain in the background of this potential F1 track is truly breathtaking. Officially inaugurated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world in 2012, this flat-topped mountain allows visitors to experience walking on a mountain and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of a magnificent city and the ocean that extends from it. This will be a spectacular backdrop to the F1 race in Cape Town.
The ocean and mountains combine to create an incredibly beautiful destination for visitors and fans of motor-sport to discover and enjoy. The people of Cape Town are friendly and welcoming, creating an atmosphere that allows tourism to thrive. The legislative capital and the second most populous city in the country has a great deal to offer the Grand Prix, and all of the visitors that would be attracted to visit as a result. Bernie Ecclestone would be wise to forge forward with the idea of a Formula 1 race in South Africa, and specifically the proposed street track in Cape Town.