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South Africa is in a better situation to host F1 – Alan van der Merwe

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Former South African race car driver, Alan van der Merwe is expecting that a F1 race in South Africa will be potential in the near future. Current Formula 1 Medical Car lead Van der Merwe told GPUpdate.net.

“I’d love to see it happen,” Van der Merwe said. “I wish it would have happened whilst I was on my way up to F1,that would have changed a lot for me. In the last ten years there has always been one or more projects going to try and get an F1 GP going in South Africa.

“I think following on from their other big international events, South Africa is in a better situation than it would have been, but it’s not going to be easy. It has to be done in a socially responsible way and so the government has to be involved I think. So I don’t know, it’s difficult. I think there could be a lot of other countries that could have a GP before South Africa does.

“It’s a shame that we don’t have a race on the African continent,” he added. “I do think that’s there more and more relevance now to have a high profile motorsport event in South Africa, because when I used to live there in the 80’s and 90’s road traffic was virtually non-existent, whereas now it’s completely different. With road safety and all of the messages that Formula 1 helps to bring across, I think they have more relevance than they ever had before. I hope it happens while I’m in the Medical Car, that’s for sure.”

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