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Hamilton “pushing a lot” for South African GP

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he’s hopeful the South African Grand Prix will return soon, though it is not expected to go ahead next year.

In brief

Hamilton “pushing” for Kyalami race

Although the South African Grand Prix is not expected to feature on the 2023 Formula 1 calendar, Hamilton is still holding out hope it will return soon.

“I’ve been pushing a lot in the background to get the grand prix there,” said the Mercedes driver. “I’m happy that there’s talks.”

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali “has been doing an amazing job trying to get it to happen,” Hamilton added. “I’m still hopeful that there might be a race next year. Never say never.”

Last weekend’s confirmation the Belgian Grand Prix will take place again next year is understood to have come about as plans for a race on the Kyalami circuit have been pushed back to 2024 at the earliest. Hamilton said he’s “still going to continue to hope that it’s next year.”

“But as long as we get it on the calendar, I think we need to have a grand prix there,” he added.

Zandvoort “can’t be worse” than Spa for McLaren – Norris

Lando Norris is hopeful Zandvoort will suit McLaren better than Spa did, after the team failed to score last weekend.

“It’s high downforce, so it hopefully moves us a little bit more back in line with Budapest kind of pace, I hope,” he said.

“But you never know, it was actually our worst track last season. I’m hoping this year it’s not the case because some of the problems that we had in previous years are maybe not so evident this year and we’ve got other problems. It can’t be a lot worse, I hope, than this weekend.”

IndyCar test for Blomqvist

Meyer Shank will give an IndyCar test to Tom Blomqvist, who has re-signed for the team to drive their Acura ARX-06 LMDh in the 2023 IMSA season. Blomqvist, who finished between champion Esteban Ocon and third-placed Max Verstappen in the 2014 European Formula 3 championship, said IndyCar is “definitely something that I aspire to do in the future and I have to thank the team massively for giving me the chance to do that test.”

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